Gloria B Ryerson (1924 - 2003)



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A delightful, fun loving lady. Her sisters were Ethyl Poole and Ina Anna Nelson. Three exceptional women that I was proud to know.
Retired in Seattle and moved back to Fla. to be near brother, Gene Nelson.
I miss you Blackie!!!

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Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida


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Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

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Parent: Ina Nelson
Siblings: Ethyl Poole, Ian Anna Nelson, and Gene Nelson


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U.S. Army-Ambulance driver in England during WWII

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1924 - In the year that Gloria B Ryerson was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

1939 - By the time she was only 15 years old, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

1944 - By the time she was 20 years old, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

1964 - She was 40 years old when on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

1982 - She was 58 years old when on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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Gloria B Ryerson passed away on January 17, 2003 at 78 years old. There is no listed cause of death. She was born on February 22, 1924 in Gainesville, Florida. She was born to Ina Nelson, with siblings Ethyl, Ian, and Gene. We know that Gloria B Ryerson had been residing in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.


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