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Theresa Pearl Reed Averette Shaffer

This is the 7th post in the February Photo Collage Festival and the Family History Writing Challenge. Today I am going to write about Theresa Pearl Reed Averette Shaffer, Hugh and Blanche Celeste’s 3rd child and 2nd daughter.

Theresa Pearl was born in 1913 in Indianapolis Indiana.  Her middle name, Pearl, was for my grandmother, Pearl Reed Cleage.   That is probably why there are more photographs of her in the family photo collection than of any of the other children.  Theresa spent her early years in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Theresa in a cape with Aunt Lou Shoemaker and sister Anna. Probably taken in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This is a copy of the original which is in the collection of one of the Shoemaker descendents.
Theresa in a cape with Aunt Lou Shoemaker and sister Anna. Probably taken in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

In 1930 Theresa was a 17 year old student living with her family in Los Angeles California. She was identified by her nickname “Tut”.

About 1932 Theresa married Bennett Shaffer. Both of them had finished 2 years of college. Their daughter, Betty Jeanne, was born in 1934. Their son, Bennett Shaffer Junior, was born in 1935. The family lived in Los Angeles.

By 1940 Thresa and family were living in Glendale, California at the Glen Haven Sanitarium.  Although the census page says the name was Glen Haven Sanitarium, all of the investigating I have done turns up the Glendale Sanitarium in Glendale, California. Theresa and her husband, Bennett, were both 27 years old.  Bennett worked as distribution manager of a daily newspaper. Six year old Jeanne was attending school. Bennett was only four and too young for school.

Theresa Pearl Averrett Shaffer died in 1941 at age 28. She is buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Bennett died the following year.

 For other photographs of Theresa go to these posts:

Theresa Pearl’s Birthday

Theresa Pearl Reed  – Sepia Saturday

Other stories in the series about my Uncle Hugh Marion Reed Averette

Hugh Marion Reed Averette 1876 – 1953

Hugh Marion Reed Averette – US Navy Experience 1898 – 1901

Blanche Celeste Reed aka Celeste J. Averette 1887 – 1988

Anna Roberta Reed Averette Flores 1907 – 1987

Hugh Marion Reed Averette – 1910 – 1993

Thomas Perry Reed Averette 1915 – 1986

Theresa Pearl Reed – Sepia Saturday #90

On the back of the photograph is says “A Merry Xmas to you all.  Here are some roses for your (faded words – if you can read them let me know!) Your little niece, Theresa P. Reed.”  “Hugh’s daughter.”

Theresa was my grandmother Pearl’s brother Hugh’s youngest daughter.  She was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1914.  There are several other photographs of her as she grew up to about the age of 12 or 13.  Unfortunately I cannot find the family in the 1930 census, although I do find her father later on. Hoping I can find them in the 1940 census and back track.

You can read about Theresa’s father, Hugh Marion Reed by clicking HERE.
You can see more fascinating Sepia Saturday posts by clicking HERE.