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Loretta Pearl Johnson

Last updated 11 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 1 Jun 1937 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Died: 15 Apr 2019 in Custer, Custer County, South Dakota, United States

Father: Raymond Burnett Johnson (1915 – 1992)

Mother: Pearl Eileen Marks (1918 – 1971)

Supporting evidence for:
name

birth-<private>: Certificate of live birth for <private>; privately held

Comment: Source includes maiden name (Loretta Pearl Johnson)

religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of Baptism, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 26 July 1937; unidentified church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta Pearl Johnson).

birth-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of birth for Loretta Pearl Johnson (1937); Los Angeles County, California, local registered number 8064, filed 8 Jun 1937, State of California Department of Public Health; certified copy generated after 9 July 1945; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta Pearl Johnson). The "Loretta Pearl" information appears to have been missing from the original certificate, and added through a supplemental report on 9 July 1945.

census-us-1940-ps-ca-losangeles-629-5a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, California, Los Angeles County, San Antonio Township, enumeration district 19-629, sheet 5A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "California > Los Angeles > San Antonio > 19-629" image 9; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 249 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, household 119

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta P. Johnson).

death-loretta-spear-2019: Certificate of Death for Loretta Pearl Spear (2019); Custer County Register of Deeds, Custer County, South Dakota, registration number 140-2019-002385, filed 23 April 2019, certified copy was generated 24 Apr 2019; privately held

Comment: Source includes married name (Loretta Pearl Spear).

estate-will-raymond-johnson-1992: Will of Raymond B. Johnson; signed 25 March 1992; photocopy, privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 1, part 3.

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta Spear).

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #3.

Comment: Source includes married name (Loretta Johnson Spear).

marriage-spear-johnson-1957: Church marriage certificates for <private> (1957); Grace Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, California; issued 23 Jun 1957; privately held [This source includes two certificates, one looks like a standard traditional form while the other is small and decorative. Both were generated and signed on the day of the wedding by the pastor of the church who performed the ceremony.]

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta Pearl Johnson).

obituary-pearl-johnson-1971: Obituary for Pearl Ellen Johnson (1971); “Pearl Ellen Johnson,” Buena Park Independent (Buena Park, California), 30 Jun 1971 (Wednesday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes married name (Loretta Spears).

periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937: “The Chronicler / Born,” birth announcement; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), unknown date, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta Pearl [Johnson]).

periodical-married-spear-johnson-1957: “The Chronicler / Married,” wedding description; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 30 Jun 1957 (Sunday), page 3, column 1; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Loretta Pearl Johnson).

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birth

birth-<private>: Certificate of live birth for <private>; privately held

Comment: Source includes age (20) and location (California). Using <private>'s birth date of 24 Apr 1958 gives a birth date range from 25 Apr 1937 to 24 Apr 1938.

birth-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of birth for Loretta Pearl Johnson (1937); Los Angeles County, California, local registered number 8064, filed 8 Jun 1937, State of California Department of Public Health; certified copy generated after 9 July 1945; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (June 1, 1937) and locaiton (Alvarado Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County [, California]). (All '1's in this document are typed as capital 'I', possibly due to limitations of the typewriter.)

census-us-1940-ps-ca-losangeles-629-5a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, California, Los Angeles County, San Antonio Township, enumeration district 19-629, sheet 5A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "California > Los Angeles > San Antonio > 19-629" image 9; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 249 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, household 119

Comment: Source includes age (2) and location (California). Using the official census date of 1 Apr 1940 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1937 to 1 Apr 1938.

death-loretta-spear-2019: Certificate of Death for Loretta Pearl Spear (2019); Custer County Register of Deeds, Custer County, South Dakota, registration number 140-2019-002385, filed 23 April 2019, certified copy was generated 24 Apr 2019; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (06/01/1937) and location (California United States of America).

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #3.

Comment: Source includes date (6/1/37 [mm/dd/yy]).

obituary-loretta-spear-2019: Obituary for Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear (2019); “Loretta Pearl Spear,” Hill City Prevailer (Hill City, South Dakota), 24 April 2019 (Wednesday), page 4, column unrecorded [This obituary was written by the same informant as her death certificate. The latter should be used for any information that is common to both.]

Comment: Source includes location ("Los Angeles, Calif."). Other information duplicates her death certificate.

periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937: “The Chronicler / Born,” birth announcement; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), unknown date, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes hospital (Alvarado Hospital), location (L.A. [, California]) and date (June 1st, 1937).

religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of Baptism, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 26 July 1937; unidentified church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes date (June 1st, 1937) and location (Los Angeles, Calif.).

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death

death-loretta-spear-2019: Certificate of Death for Loretta Pearl Spear (2019); Custer County Register of Deeds, Custer County, South Dakota, registration number 140-2019-002385, filed 23 April 2019, certified copy was generated 24 Apr 2019; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (04/15/2019) and location (Custer Custer South Dakota).

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father

birth-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of birth for Loretta Pearl Johnson (1937); Los Angeles County, California, local registered number 8064, filed 8 Jun 1937, State of California Department of Public Health; certified copy generated after 9 July 1945; privately held

Comment: Source identifies Raymond B. Johnson as the biological father of Loretta Pearl Johnson.

estate-will-raymond-johnson-1992: Will of Raymond B. Johnson; signed 25 March 1992; photocopy, privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 1, part 3.

Comment: Source identifies Loretta Spear as a child of Raymond B. Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #3.

Comment: Source identifies Loretta [Johnson] as a child of Raymond Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

obituary-loretta-spear-2019: Obituary for Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear (2019); “Loretta Pearl Spear,” Hill City Prevailer (Hill City, South Dakota), 24 April 2019 (Wednesday), page 4, column unrecorded [This obituary was written by the same informant as her death certificate. The latter should be used for any information that is common to both.]

Comment: Source identifies Raymond Johnson as a biological parent of Loretta Pearl Spear. (Loretta's death certificate indicates Raymond is her father, but doesn't provide any other relationship detail.)

periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937: “The Chronicler / Born,” birth announcement; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), unknown date, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source identifies Raymond B. Johnson as the biological father of Loretta.

periodical-married-spear-johnson-1957: “The Chronicler / Married,” wedding description; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 30 Jun 1957 (Sunday), page 3, column 1; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source identifies Loretta Pearl Johnson as a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond B. Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of Baptism, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 26 July 1937; unidentified church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source identifies Loretta Pearl Johnson as a child of Raymond B. Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

birth-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of birth for Loretta Pearl Johnson (1937); Los Angeles County, California, local registered number 8064, filed 8 Jun 1937, State of California Department of Public Health; certified copy generated after 9 July 1945; privately held

Comment: Source identifies Pearl Ellen Marks as the biological mother of Loretta Pearl Johnson.

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #3.

Comment: Source identifies Loretta [Johnson] as a child of Pearl Marks. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

obituary-loretta-spear-2019: Obituary for Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear (2019); “Loretta Pearl Spear,” Hill City Prevailer (Hill City, South Dakota), 24 April 2019 (Wednesday), page 4, column unrecorded [This obituary was written by the same informant as her death certificate. The latter should be used for any information that is common to both.]

Comment: Source identifies Peral [Pearl] (Marks) Johnson as a biological parent of Loretta Pearl Spear. (Loretta's death certificate indicates Pearl is her mother, but doesn't provide any other relationship detail.)

periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937: “The Chronicler / Born,” birth announcement; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), unknown date, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source identifies Pearl Ellen Marks as the biological mother of Loretta.

periodical-married-spear-johnson-1957: “The Chronicler / Married,” wedding description; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 30 Jun 1957 (Sunday), page 3, column 1; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source identifies Loretta Pearl Johnson as a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond B. Johnson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of Baptism, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 26 July 1937; unidentified church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source identifies Loretta Pearl Johnson as a child of Pearl Ellen [Johnson] nee Marks. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: <private>

Married: 23 Jun 1957 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

marriage-spear-johnson-1957: Church marriage certificates for <private> (1957); Grace Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, California; issued 23 Jun 1957; privately held [This source includes two certificates, one looks like a standard traditional form while the other is small and decorative. Both were generated and signed on the day of the wedding by the pastor of the church who performed the ceremony.]

Comment: Source includes location (Grace Lutheran Church, Los Angeles [, California] and date of marriage (Sunday, June 23, 1957).

obituary-loretta-spear-2019: Obituary for Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear (2019); “Loretta Pearl Spear,” Hill City Prevailer (Hill City, South Dakota), 24 April 2019 (Wednesday), page 4, column unrecorded [This obituary was written by the same informant as her death certificate. The latter should be used for any information that is common to both.]

Comment: Source includes date ("June 23, 1957") of the marriage of David Spear and Loretta. Her obituary is used in preference to her death certificate as it provides more information.

periodical-married-spear-johnson-1957: “The Chronicler / Married,” wedding description; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 30 Jun 1957 (Sunday), page 3, column 1; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes church (Grace Lutheran Church), location (Los Angeles, California), and date (June 23, 1957) of marriage of David Spear and Loretta Johnson.

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Child: <private>

Child: <private>

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Christening: 26 Jul 1937 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Confirmation: (Grace Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church)) 3 Jun 1951 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Graduation: (Whittier High School) 16 Jun 1955 at Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Funeral: (at the Community Lutheran Church,) 20 Apr 2019 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Cremated: at Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of Baptism, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 26 July 1937; unidentified church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes date (26th day of July [...] 1937) and location (<address>, L.A.).

religious-confirmation-loretta-johnson-1951: Certificate of Confirmation, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 3 Jun 1951; Grace Lutheran Church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

Additional detail for reference: Document text.

Comment: Source includes church (Grace Lutheran Church), doctrine (Evangelical Lutheran Church), date ("third [...] June [...] one thousand nine hundred and fifty-one"), and location (Los Angeles, Calif.).

misc-loretta-johnson-diploma-1955: High School diploma for Loretta P. Johnson (1955); Whittier High School, Whittier, California; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes school (Whittier High School, Whittier, California), date (sixteenth day of June, ... 1955).

obituary-loretta-spear-2019: Obituary for Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear (2019); “Loretta Pearl Spear,” Hill City Prevailer (Hill City, South Dakota), 24 April 2019 (Wednesday), page 4, column unrecorded [This obituary was written by the same informant as her death certificate. The latter should be used for any information that is common to both.]

Comment: Source includes date ("April 20") and location ("Community Lutheran Church in Hill City").

death-loretta-spear-2019: Certificate of Death for Loretta Pearl Spear (2019); Custer County Register of Deeds, Custer County, South Dakota, registration number 140-2019-002385, filed 23 April 2019, certified copy was generated 24 Apr 2019; privately held

Comment: Source includes method of disposition (cremation), crematory (Rapid City Area Crematory) and location (Rapid City South Dakota).

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Attributes

Residence: Jun 1937 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Residence: 1 Apr 1940 at Florence, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Residence: 23 Jun 1957 at Downey, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Residence: 24 Apr 1958 at Oceanside, San Diego County, California, United States

Residence: 30 Jun 1971 at Norwalk, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Residence: 26 May 2005 at Keystone, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 15 Apr 2019 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937: “The Chronicler / Born,” birth announcement; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), unknown date, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes location (L.A. [, California]) and date of birth 1 Jun 1937.

census-us-1940-ps-ca-losangeles-629-5a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, California, Los Angeles County, San Antonio Township, enumeration district 19-629, sheet 5A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "California > Los Angeles > San Antonio > 19-629" image 9; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 249 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, household 119

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1940) and location (Florence, Los Angeles, California).

marriage-spear-johnson-1957: Church marriage certificates for <private> (1957); Grace Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, California; issued 23 Jun 1957; privately held [This source includes two certificates, one looks like a standard traditional form while the other is small and decorative. Both were generated and signed on the day of the wedding by the pastor of the church who performed the ceremony.]

Comment: Source includes date (23rd day of June in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred fifty-seven) and location Downey, California.

birth-<private>: Certificate of live birth for <private>; privately held

Comment: Source includes location (Oceanside, San Diego County, California).

obituary-pearl-johnson-1971: Obituary for Pearl Ellen Johnson (1971); “Pearl Ellen Johnson,” Buena Park Independent (Buena Park, California), 30 Jun 1971 (Wednesday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes city and implied state (Norwalk, California).

obituary-veronica-spear-2005: Obituary for Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear (2005); “Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 26 May 2005 (Thursday), page B2, column 1

Comment: Source includes town and implied state (Hill City, South Dakota) and implied date (26 May 2005).

death-loretta-spear-2019: Certificate of Death for Loretta Pearl Spear (2019); Custer County Register of Deeds, Custer County, South Dakota, registration number 140-2019-002385, filed 23 April 2019, certified copy was generated 24 Apr 2019; privately held

Comment: Source includes location (Old Hill City RD Hill City Pennington South Dakota 57745) and death date (15 April 2019).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Loretta was born in Alvarado Hospital in Los Angeles, just east of MacArthur Park. [periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937]

She was baptized at home. [religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937]

In recognition of the traditional English wedding rhyme, "something old" was a handkerchief from a grandmother of Hattie (Swanson) Marks while a penny in Loretta's shoe was "something new." Her wedding dress was "something borrowed" from Joanne Marks, and "something blue" was a garter. [interview-<private>-spear-2017]

Loretta's maid-of-honor was her aunt, Helen Johnson. [periodical-spear-johnson-wedding]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

interview-<private>-2017: Notes from audio interview with <private>, 26 Jun 2017; privately held

periodical-born-loretta-johnson-1937: “The Chronicler / Born,” birth announcement; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), unknown date, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

periodical-married-spear-johnson-1957: “The Chronicler / Married,” wedding description; Grace Notes (Los Angeles, California), 30 Jun 1957 (Sunday), page 3, column 1; photocopy, privately held

Additional detail for reference: Story text.

religious-baptism-loretta-johnson-1937: Certificate of Baptism, Loretta Pearl Johnson, 26 July 1937; unidentified church (Los Angeles, California); photocopy, privately held

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Surname: This database uses Spear. In Pearl (Marks) Johnson's obituary it is spelled Spears. [obituary-pearl-johnson-1971]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

obituary-pearl-johnson-1971: Obituary for Pearl Ellen Johnson (1971); “Pearl Ellen Johnson,” Buena Park Independent (Buena Park, California), 30 Jun 1971 (Wednesday), page unknown, column unknown

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Sources

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