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KING, Neva Verna

KING, Neva Verna[1, 2, 3]

Female 1918 - 2015  (97 years)

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  • Name KING, Neva Verna 
    Born 17 Aug 1918  Hollister, San Benito, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Obituary Neva Dani Ward

    Aug. 17, 1918 - Oct. 25, 2015

    King City

    Neva Dani Ward peacefully departed Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at her residence in King City. She was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Hollister.

    Neva was a hard worker and involved in her community through many organizations.

    The family is grateful for the excellent care given by her caregivers, Lydia Rodriguez and Joyce Duckworth.

    She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Albert and Jane Dani; her son-in-law, John McCune; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Dani; her second husband, Durward Ward, and her daughter, Margaret McCune.

    Cremation has taken place and as per her wishes, no services will be held.

    She respectfully requested any donations to be made to The Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio De Padua, PO Box 450, King City, CA 93930. Neva also requested no flowers or plants for they should be enjoyed by the living.  [6
    Residence King City, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1920  Tres Pinos, San Benito, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1930  Monterey, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 1947  r26 Via Paraiso, Monterey California Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence 2007  54080 Jolon Road, King City, Monterey, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Died 25 Oct 2015  King City, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Notes 
    • Margaret McCunes notes on her mother, Neva, on the occasion of her 80th birthday celebration:

      Neva was born Aug. l7, l9l8 to parents Ivon Richard King & Eva (Austin) King in Hollister, CA. Her early years were spent at the King Ranch behind Tres Pinos, the Molera Ranch, the Mee Ranch (Then owned by Jess & Warren Cornwall) & othen our part of California. Following the death of her brother, Jack , when Neva was seven, her mother became a semi-invalid, & Neva spent most of her days & time with her father, Ivon, a noted horseman of the time & area . ( He was a great friend of George Frusetta of Tres Pinos...father of Peter Frusetta. I visited with George ,once He was telling me all kind of stories...., but I couldn't hear him...Sigh!) Neva's love of roping & "being outside" began. (Mom always told me that," God's greatest church is outside of any building!")
      Neva attended thirteen different grammar schools in eight years. All of them were in the Monterey & San Benito Counties. They included Peach Tree School, Quien Sabe School, Big Sur School, the Sur School & Monterey Elementary School.
      Neva attended three years at Monterey High School before marrying Albert "Al" Dani at the age of sixteen in l935. (Dad was 29...I think they married in San Jose.) She has two children, Margaret (a Reading Teacher", and Butch (Albert Ivoi), an bank officer....manager in Wells Fargo Bank.
      When Neva's two children were both in grammar school, Neva went back to high school in King City & graduated in the class of l952 at the age of 34. She also took two years of home business study courses from the University of California inely (sp?).
      Neva was employed as a cook at the old King City Hospital from l952 until l957 when she began work as the Secretary-Manager of the King City & Southern Monterey County Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. This was right up Neva's alley ase her a chance to promote the part of California she loves. Neva "retired" in l980 after 23 years with the Chamber of Commerce.
      The "retired" is used loosely as Neva is known for her inability to say "no" to any civic or community group needing her help. Neva has donated volunteer help to the Brownies, the Girl Scouts, & Red Cross, & was a general community 4-Hr for ten years plus.
      Neva worked at the Salinas Valley Fair Livestock Office for many a year far into the night. Neva continues to be active in Rebekah's, Royal Neighbors, Silver Kings & Queens, & a voting precinct volunteer.
      Throughout all her busy life , nothing came before Neva's love of riding & roping. Neva was to be found at most mixed team ropings. One of her favorite partners was Pete Pedrazzi. They placed eight of the ten times they entered the populent at the Monterey Fair, winning the "silver buckle" in l959. Other of her partners were her husband, Al; his business partner, Durward; Freddy Roth; & Roy Gianolini. Neva also won or placed at the Monterey County Horse Show in Salinas, in King City, at the Bolado Rodeo & at numerous jack-pot ropings. During the time Neva wasn't roping, she was to be found in the timer's booth for PRCA & local ropings.
      Neva's roping was finally curtailed by the loss of 2 and a half fingers on her roping hand during a "dispute" with the lawn mower. What was she doing trying to mow the lawn at dusk? You guessed it....there was a calf branding the nex, & she wanted to get the job done so she could go.....
      In l975, Neva's husband , Al, passed away; in l982, she remarried his long-time partner in the cattle business, Durward Ward (Charles Durward Ward).
      (Note: Mom was named "Vaquera" of the Monterey County Horse Show in Monterey at the Monterey Fair Grounds in l9__?)
      Neva still believes that God's greatest gift is the "outdoors". She loves to garden...& has miles of it. she also loves to play Pedro, Bingo, & to "gamble a little" ! She also is still "Johnny-on-the-spot" if their is a calf-branding toound, although now she "vaccinates" instead of roping!
    Person ID I603  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2017 

    Father KING, Ivon Richard,   b. 28 Apr 1888, Quien Sabe, San Benito Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1940, Monterey, Monterey Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother AUSTIN, Eva Verna,   b. 30 Jul 1895, Hollister, San Benito, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1979, Monterey Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1917  Santa Clara, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 WARD, Charles Durward,   b. 14 Nov 1904, Kingman, Mohave, AZ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1996  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1982  [10, 12
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F825  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 DANI, Albert,   b. 7 Apr 1905, Little Sur, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1975, Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1935  San Jose, Santa Clara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 10, 13
    Children 
     1. DANI, Margaret Eva,   b. 1 Dec 1940, Monterey, Monterey, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 2014, King City, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. DANI, Albert Ivon
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F814  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Aug 1918 - Hollister, San Benito, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - King City, Monterey, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - Tres Pinos, San Benito, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Monterey, Monterey, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Feb 1935 - San Jose, Santa Clara Co, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1947 - r26 Via Paraiso, Monterey California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2007 - 54080 Jolon Road, King City, Monterey, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Oct 2015 - King City, Monterey, California Link to Google Earth
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    Neva Verna King (Dani)
    Neva Verna King (Dani)

  • Sources 
    1. [S211] Margaret McCune Notes, Margaret McCune, Confirms Neva's middle name is Verna.

    2. [S15] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United Stat.

    3. [S34] California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Online publication - Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

    4. [S34] California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.

    5. [S367] Richard Fleming Research of KING/DANI Family.

    6. [S662] Neva Dani Ward.

    7. [S127] U.S. Public Records Index, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007), Online publication - Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Compiled from various U.S. public records.

    8. [S17] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002), Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001-. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the 1930 U.S. Federal Decennial Census. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. Monterey, Monterey, California, ED 31, roll 179, page , image 889.0.

    9. [S107] Polk's Directory, 1947 Monterey Pacific Grove Directory.

    10. [S211] Margaret McCune Notes, Margaret McCune.

    11. [S662] Neva Dani Ward, Neva Dani Ward peacefully departed Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at her residence in King City. She was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Hollister.

    12. [S367] Richard Fleming Research of KING/DANI Family, Other marriages: 18 Feb 1982, Durward Charles Ward.

    13. [S64] Hollister Freelance, Ivan Richard King, 53, a well known former resident of this community, died at his home in Monterey yesterday. Death was sudden and was due to a heart attack., Born in this county he resided in the Quien Sabe section during his youth., He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva V. King, a daughter, Mrs. Neva Dani and a granddaughter, Neva Dani, all of Monterey, and his mother, Mrs. Eunice King, of Hollister.




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