Linna Arvilla Stansberry (1881 - 1973)



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at Farm,
Goodman, McDonald County, MO United States


at Georgetown Nursing Home,
Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK United States
Cause of death: Complications from a fall and old age

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Complications from a fall and old age

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at Memorial Park Cemetery,
Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK United States


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Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK United States

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Husband: Charles Julius Ayers
Children with Charles: Linna Louise Ayers and Elizabeth Maxine Ayers


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English, Irish, Welsh


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1881 - In the year that Linna Arvilla Stansberry was born, on October 26th, the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" happened in Tombstone, Arizona. The gunfight lasted only 30 seconds - the Earps and Doc Holliday on one side and the "Cowboys" on the other side. The McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton of the Cowboys were killed. Two of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday were wounded.

1909 - When she was 28 years old, the New York Times published the first movie review. It was a report on D.W. Griffith's movie "Pippa Passes" also called "The Song of Conscience", a silent film. The review said that this work was moving away from "lurid material that attracted the wrath of censors and concerned citizens and toward more respectable ends. The movie was the story of a young female factory worker, on her day off, wandering and singing - thus changing the hearts of those around her towards good.

1946 - By the time she was 65 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

1960 - Linna was 79 years old when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

1973 - In the year of Linna Arvilla Stansberry's passing, in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

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Found in the Tulsa World, April 1973


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She was a loving, kind, extremely generous and fun lady. When I was about 10 years old and grandma about 77 years old, I became stuck mid-way up a huge old oak tree in her backyard. Grandma climbed up that tree and helped me down, then told me "don't you ever let your mom know what we just did", and I never did. Grandma loved each of her children, grand and great-grandchildren completely, always had treats waiting at her home for each of us. She was a wonderful cook and I still serve my own family today, some of grandma's best dishes made from her scratch recipes.
Grandma had two outhouses at the rear of her property, and during the 1920s there were cows back there as well. The cows were known to chase family and friends away from the outhouses on occasion.
She was born 11 September 1881 at the Stansberry farm just outside Goodman, McDonald CO, Missouri, the 4th of 5 children issued by Richard Braxton Stansberry and Arvilla Elizabeth Corner. After Arvilla's death, Richard brought the family by covered wagon to the Cherokee Strip during fall of 1888. They lived there in two covered wagons, actually one was a Conestoga wagon, until the April 1889 Indian Territory Land Run. Richard, his son Lawrence Richard 'Lon' and Richard's half-brother William S. Stansberry all took part in the land run, securing sections near what is today Chandler, Oklahoma, and along the Cimarron River in today's Payne County, Oklahoma near Stillwater.
After Richard's remarriage to Emma Matroni Foster, and the deaths of Emma and their infant daughter Nellie in 1894, the family eventually moved into Tulsey Town, today Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Grandma was a wonderful Christian lady who loved the Lord and served Him completely every day of her life. She was a true blessing in the lives of all who knew this grand old lady.
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