Versa E Buchanan

Documented History


According to Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Versa E Buchanan was born 24 July 1910 in St. Francisville, Illinois to Maurice G. Buchanan and Pearl Wilton.

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According to the 1920 United States Federal Census, Versa lived with her parents and siblings on Lafayette Street, Winslow, Pike County, Indiana. Her parents, Maurice Grant and Pearl Winton were ages 36 and 29 respectively. Maurice (shown as Morris on the record) was a Church Preacher.

VB 1920 US Federal Census

VB 1920 US Federal Census

 

Versa was 9 years old. Her twin brothers, Charles and Carlin were 7 years old. Their little sister, Lois, was 5 years old. Maurice’s father was born in Indiana, his mother was born in Missouri. Everybody else was born in Illinois.

VEB 1955 U.S. City Directories

VEB 1955 U.S. City Directories

 

Versa and her husband, Robert E., lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, per U.S. city Directories, 1822-1995 in 1955. Robert was a salesman with J& L Agency Inc.

VEB 1959 U.S. City Directories

VEB 1959 U.S. City Directories

 

Versa and her husband, Robert E, lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, per U.S. city Directories, 1822-1995 in 1959. Robert was in real estate.

Death


Versa passed away at 12:00am on 27 March 1998 per Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. She was 87 years old at the time and passed away from Severe COPD in stage due to cigarette smoking for many years. She was an inpatient at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana when she passed. She had been suffering from Severe Gastroesophageal reflux, Malnutrition, advanced age, and poor swallowing.

VB 1998 Death Certificate

VB 1998 Death Certificate

 

Her name is listed as Versa E. Laird and she was a widow. She had been a portrait artist born in St. Francisville, Illinois on 24 July 1910. The informant was Dennis Boone, Versa’s nephew.

VEB 1998 Headstone

VEB 1998 Headstone

 

Versa was buried on 1 April 1998 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.  She is buried in Section 78, Lot 161.  Be sure to check out her memorial on Find A Grave.

Like always, I will update this post as I find additional information for Versa.  In the meantime, if you knew her or are related and would like to share some of her precious memories, please leave your stories in the comments box below so her memories may stay alive for her descendants.

Stay tuned,

~Kris

VEB Family Tree

VEB Family Tree

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