Posted by: marthabernie | May 7, 2015

100th Anniversary of My Mother’s Birth

004aMy mother was born on May 7th, 1915 in Phillipsburg, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Eli and Inez (McMenus) Shank and was the 6th eldest surviving child of eight.  There were four little baby boys who either died at birth or died after only a month or two of life.  Inez apparently also had one other pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage (this all between the age of 18 and 40).  My mother was named after her mother’s only (and older) sister, Anna, and her mother gave her Marie as a middle name.  So she was Anna Marie Shank until she married my father, Ray Marlin, in 1934.  They came to California within a few months of being married.  The photo above was taken when she about 13 years old at the family farm in Phillipsburg, Missouri.  The photo below was taken some time in 1935 in California.  My father always called my mother Ann; her sisters called her Annie.  She died on July 19, 1999 at the age of 84.



  1. You have good looking parents, adorable photos.


    • When they first came to California, my mother worked in a “malt shop” on or near the Santa Monica Pier. She claimed to her dying day that a movie talent scout came in several times, trying to talk her into doing a screen test for the movies.


  2. Wonderful photos!


  3. I hadn’t seen these either, but I love them. They look so young, but I can still see Grama and Grandpa in them. Thanks for the memories.


    • The main reason I am spending all this time posting this stuff is to preserve it…glad you are enjoying it, Bobbie!


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