Ray LeRoy Cornia
Life History of Ray LeRoy Cornia
Ray LeRoy Cornia was born on 13 September 1916, in
Records from the
LeRoy lived with his parents until the untimely death of his mother Hannah 23 March 1920. Hannah was only 32 years old. Her death certificate indicates that the cause of her death was “unknown, but that it was natural.” LeRoy was only 4 year old.
Famly members report that Hannah’s mother, Johannah (Hannah) Christensen Larsen took care of LeRoy in her
On September 28, 1928, LeRoy was committed to the
In a 1930 letter written by School Superintendent G.M. Willson stated that LeRoy
“is quite a favorite with the nurses and other people who come in. A number of such people bring him small gifts when they come as he always seems to enjoy them so much. He sometimes asks about going home but I do not think that he worries about it or is homesick. He is a great boy to ask questions anyway and that is just one more thing he can ask about. He can tell everybody about the place by their voice. Indeed his ability in this respect is sometimes quite remarkable.”
School documents show that family contacts for LeRoy were his step mother, Mrs. Ray Cornia, Salt Lake City, Utah and his aunt, M.A. Dandis (Mary Andrea Dandis [Aunt May]) of Brytle, California.
It appears that at the end of LeRoy’s life he suffered from frequent epileptic seizures. Ultimately this would be the cause for his death. LeRoy died on 16 February 1957, at 8:45 p.m. The stated cause of his death was cerebral edema with epilepsy. LeRoy was 40 years old.
LeRoy’s body was taken to
Note: Information for this history was researched and written Lewis F. Larsen, 18 January 2009.
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