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ANNA MARIE LUELLA KUPER GREENLAW:  Loving Wife,  Mother  and Grandmother
November 12, 1892  -  July 20, 1952
Anna Marie Luella Kuper was born in Lennox (SSW of Sioux Falls), Lincoln, South Dakota on November 12, 1892 (State File Number: 619525) the daughter of Wessel Kuper, a native of Germany and Christina Amelia Johanna Thaden, a native of Iowa and Luverne (East of Sioux Falls), Minnesota.   The Kuper family moved to Pierce county, Washington in 1908 and settled near Parkland (South of Tacoma near Spanaway).

Anna and Loren Thomas Greenlaw were married December 27, 1911 and they had five children:
Alfred  Lawrence, Vernon  Wesley, Evelyn Christine, Lorraine, and Lucille Irene also known as Babe. 

In 1923, Anna and Loren bought the Greenlaw farm  from his brothers and sisters and raised their family there for many years.  Because of the Great Depression, they  were forced to sell their land and move off their farm. 

On December 2, 1941, their second son Vernon (Bud) Greenlaw was killed in a logging truck accident near the Roy cutoff, while on his way to a "going away" party.  Vernon had joined  the Navy and was scheduled to leave on December 7,  1941.  Anna was injured in the accident and suffered great pain the rest of her life.   

In the early 1950's, Anna and Loren were living near downtown Tacoma at 3017 East E Street.   Anna died in her sleep from a cerebral hemorrhage, on  the morning of July 20, 1952.  She was buried in  Sumner Cemetery.   

Anna Marie Greenlaw - 1931

Photograph courtesy of Evelyn Hanson

Grandma Anna and Baby James Hanson - 1949

Photograph courtesy of Evelyn Hanson


The following is the Obituary/Death notice as it appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune on 22 July 1952. [ Tacoma Public Library : Greenlaw, Anna Marie  20-Jul-1952  T RPTR 22 JUL 1952 p8 ]

"Greenlaw,  Mrs. Loren (Anna Marie), 59, of 3017 East E St., died Sunday at her home.  She was born in Lennox, S. D., and had been in Tacoma for 43 years.  Survivors are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Hanson of Tacoma, Mrs. Lucille Nielson of Morton and Mrs. Lorraine Caulfield of Spenard, Alaska; a son, Alfred of Spanaway; her mother, Mrs. Frank McCarty of Tacoma; five brothers. George, Ben, Fred and John Kuper of Tacoma and Ernest of Centralia; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Olsen and Mrs. Hannah Shervin, both of Tacoma, and 10 grandchildren.  Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p. m. in the C. C. Mellinger memorial church, with the Rev. Dwight L. Kinman officiating.  Burial will be in the Sumner cemetery."

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