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Della May CARTER

Della May CARTER

Female 1902 - 1988

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  • Name  Della May CARTER 
    Born  6 Nov 1902 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  9 Apr 1988  San Mateo, San Mateo County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3996  The Head/Moore Family Tree
    Last Modified  8 Nov 2001 

    Family  John Henry CLIFFORD,   b. Jan 1897,   d. 5 Mar 1984, San Mateo, San Mateo County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Oct 1917  San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • A Love Story

      John Henry Clifford & Della Mae Carter

      Della Carter was raised in San Mateo, California. At the same time, John Clifford was growing up in San Francisco, where he was born. John had been on his own from an early age, but was close to a large extended family of cousins. His uncle, John Reilly and his family, lived next door to the Carters on Humboldt Street in San Mateo. John Clifford spent a lot of time visiting his cousin Mervyn in San Mateo.

      By the time Della was 15, she had decided that "she had learned everything she needed to know," so she quit school and took a job as a milliner's assistant. Meanwhile, John Clifford was working for the Scott family in their grocery store in San Francisco.

      After courting over the back fence, Johnny and Della eloped and were married at City Hall in San Francisco on October 12, 1918. They later told of how they were on Market Street when the Armistice was declared at the end of WWI, and how they joined the jubilant celebrations.

      Although the Carters were quite shocked at their daughter's surprise nuptials, they welcomed Johnny into the family with open arms. Edmund Carter, Della's father, was an architect and builder, and he taught Johnny his trade. Johnny spent the rest of his life building houses in San Mateo.

      Johnny and Della had 3 children, John Joseph (Jack), Catherine Agnes (Kay), who is Joshâ??s Grandma, and Robert Francis. They struggled financially through the Great Depression; John worked for the WPA for awhile, and Della worked for 25 cents an hour doing ironing for the wealthier residents of San Mateo. They had a long and happy life. Their home was always filled with friends and family, and lots of love and laughter. One of our fondest memories is of Johnny entertaining us at family gatherings with one of the many old songs he knew.

      John and Della had been married for 66 years when John passed in 1984. Della joined her Johnny in 1988. They are both missed greatly by their family.
    Children 
    >1. Catherine Agnes CLIFFORD,   b. 2 Jul 1922, San Mateo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jun 2008, Burlingame, CA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2867  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Oct 1917 - San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Apr 1988 - San Mateo, San Mateo County, CA Link to Google Earth
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