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The following information, about my family, on Donna Averill’s Rootsweb Page:

7. Ralph Louis FRY (Ralph Henry FRY4, Louis John FRY3, John Oliver FRYE2, Joseph FRYE1) was born 27 Nov 1928 in Herfano co, La Junta, Colorado, and died 15 Feb 1990 in El Cajon, Ca. He married Living PETERSON.
Children of Ralph Louis FRY and Living PETERSON are:

19 i. Living FRY.
20 ii. Living FRY.
21 iii. Living FRY.

Ralph Louis Fry and his mother, Dessie Marguerite Fry, my “grandma Fry.”

“Living Peterson,” is my grandmother, Donna June Crookston Willis. (Peterson is the name of her step-father.)

19. i. “Living Fry,” is my aunt Donmara Lee Fry Bradley

Through most of my childhood, my aunt Donmara lived in Missouri.  In the early 1980′s, she moved back to San Diego.  She and I spent a lot of time together.  We were very close.  I had just graduated, from High School, when she passed away.

June 1987 was a month of great change, in my life.

I graduated High School.  My boyfriend dumped me.  My bird was found, belly-up, in the bottom of his cage.  My cat, my prop, in my Senior photos, had to be put to sleep.  I met my dad, for the first time.  And Donmara died.

If this was how my adult life was supposed to start.. it hit me all at once.

My little cousins, Tracy, Brandi, and Erin, were born back-to-back, from March 1984 to October 1985. In 18 short months, we had three sweet new babies.

I was born in between generations.  Just as I was reaching adulthood, my first cousins were being born.  My youngest first cousin, second removed (my mother’s cousin) is two years younger than I.  Ironically, I have a brother, who is younger than my eldest daughter.  Its the way my family rolls.  All mixed up. :)

After Donmara passed away, the only interaction that I had with Erin, was in photographs, as David and Erin would visit my grandparents.

When our grandmother, our family glue, passed away, we all drifted into our own worlds..  Now I live on the East Coast, and the family is spread around the country.

Now, thanks to social media.. in this case, MySpace, I can communicate with Erin, again.  It puts MySpace up there with FaceBook, in my love-hate relationship.  Out of so much, of the negative, there comes great joy, too. :)

Donmara Lee Fry was born 28 July 1954 and died 22 Jun 1987

(I knew my grandmother had made up Donmara’s name, but I just learned, recently, that it is a combination of her mother, Donna and her paternal grandmother “Marguerite’s” names.)

Father: Ralph Louis Fry Mother: Donna June Crookston

married James C Moore 13 October 1973 (widowed)

married Daniel Lawson Summers Dec 1983 (Divorced 4/12/1984)

married David Bradley

daughter: Erin Janeen Bradley born October 1985

Donmara is buried at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, in San Diego, California.

Download Donmara’s Funeral Programs [PDF]

After a failed email attempt, I’m moving my response here..

From here:

I am researching the descendents of Lewis John Fry born in Hancock County, Ill. March 12,1878, died May 22,1946.
He was married to Mary Ellen Harris on August 25,1900.
Mary was born November 11,1877 and died in 1969.

They had four children; Ralph Henry born August 23,1901 died June 3,1956. Ira born June 11,1903 died September 10,1991.
Grace born April 23,1907. Franklin born March 23,1911 died June 9, 1911.

My response:

Ralph Henry, 23 Aug 1901 – 3 Jun 1956 married Dessie Marguerite Holdren,  4 Sep 1905 – 27 Aug 1986, as your gedcom, also states.

My records show 6 children:

  1. Ralph Louis Fry 27 Nov 1928 – 15 Feb 1990
  2. Frederick Ernest
  3. Joan
  4. Betty
  5. Richard
  6. Ronald

Ralph Louis Fry 27 Nov 1928 – 15 Feb 1990 and Donna June Crookston 3 Jun 1931 – 23 Nov 1991 married in July 1954.


  1. Donmara Lee Fry 28 Jul 1955 – 22 Jun 1987
  2. Cynthia June Fry
  3. Joy Lynn Fry

Donmara, Cynthia, and Joy are my maternal aunt’s.

This is my “Grandma Fry.”

gma fry

This picture is how I remember her.  She had a hardware store, on 2nd Street, in El Cajon, California.  The former “Bostonia.”  The building was painted pink.

My great grandma, Wilma Peterson, used to take me to visit her.  She called her “Mrs. Fry,” and I always remember that confusing me. My grandma, Donna June Crookston, had been married to “Grandma Fry’s” son, Ralph.

Grandma Fry’s hardware store had guinea pigs.

I remember her home had this big bathroom, in the center of the house.  It was the biggest bathroom that I had ever seen.  There was a claw-foot tub in it.

I learned her name was “Dessie Marguerite,” at her funeral, in 1986.

I found some photos, on the internet, of her, here, here, and here, when she was young.  It is wonderful to be able to see them.

obit ralph fry_0002Ralph Louis Fry, 61, of El Cajon, a Korean War veteran, died Saturday (Feb. 24, 1990) at the El Cajon Convalescent Hospital.

A memorial service was held today at 11 a.m. at El Cajon Mortuary Chapel. Inurnment [sic] will be in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Mr. Fry, who was born in La Junta, Colo., had lived in the county 48 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had been physically disabled for the last 30 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Katy Summers, Joy Fry and Cynthia Fry, all of San Diego; two sisters, Joan and Betty Bynum of El Cajon; three brothers, Fredrick of Oxnard, Richard of San Bernardino and Ronald of Campbell.

The family suggests donations to the American Lung Association.

Ralph’s Father: Ralph Henry Fry Mother: Dessie Marguerite Holdren Fry


Donna June Crookston
b. 3 Jun 1931 in American Fork, Utah, Utah
d. 23 Nov 1991 in San Diego, San Diego, California

LDS Baptism: 12 Nov 1939
LDS Endowment: 24 Jul 1998 Hawai
LDS SP: 25 Jul 1998

SSN: 528-36-7100

married 30 March 1950 to John Herbert Smith (information unknown) in Bostonia, San Diego, California
One Living child: Kathy

married 13 July 1954 to Ralph Louis Fry (b. 27 Nov 1928 La Junto, Herfano, California d. 15 Feb 1990 El Cajon, San Diego, California f: Ralph Henry Fry b. 1901 m: Dessie Marguerite Holden b. 1906)
daughter: Donmara Lee Fry b. 28 July 1954 d. 22 Jun 1987 LDS Baptism: 18 Aug 1962
2 Living daughters: Cynthia and Joy

married 1971-1972 Donald Chance Willis (b. 21 Jun 1926 d. 2 Jun 2000)

Father: Robert Weeks Crookston b. 11 July 1909 in American Fork, Utah, Utah d. 26 Aug 1987 in American Fork, Utah, Utah
Mother: Wilma Hunter b 10 Apr 1912 in Alpine, Utah d. 30 Mar 1994 Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, California

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