Pedigree of:
Laura Battle Verner

Jane Roberson

= John W.

Mary Catherine

= John Samuel


Harriett Dunlap

= Samuel Phillips


Laura Battle

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Laura Battle Verner*; b. Oct. 25, 1912, Bas Obispo, Panama Canal Zone; d. Dec. 18, 1989, Fairfax VA.

Brief Biography:

Laura Battle Verner was born in Bas Obispo, Panama Canal Zone, the youngest child of her parents. In 1919, when Laura was seven years old, she and her family moved back to the mainland United States. After a short stay in New York City, her family settled in the small town of Brevard NC. Laura enrolled in a two-room school house in Connestee NC, where she received her elementary education. Connestee was the locale of a picturesque waterfall with a romantic history of an Indian princess, who died of heartbreak when abandoned by a unfaithful colonial lover. Her ghost, it is said, can be seen in the mists behind the falls by patient and considerate observers. Laura was enthralled by the natural beauty of this area, and returned to visit there many times during her life.

In 1930, Laura graduated from Brevard High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. She had also won a statewide contest for an essay that she had written about her father's experience in Panama with General Gorgas. After High School, she went to Washington D.C. where she entered the Nursing School of Children's Hospital and graduated second in her class in 1933, receiving the R.N. degree. She also received certificates in several special courses of specialized nursing instructions. On Feb. 29, 1932 she received a certificate for completion of a course in Obstetrical Nursing from Sibley Memorial Hospital of Washington DC; and On Sept. 1, 1932, the Central Dispensary and Emergency Hospital of Washington DC certified her in Surgical Nursing. She continued her affiliation with the Children's Hospital in a nursing career through 1937, where she had become the pediatric supervisor. After her marriage in 1937 to Henry Knight Bradford, and raising three children, she returned to the nursing profession at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax VA in 1960. She retired from that position in 1972 and lived in her home in the Mantua Community in Fairfax County VA, until she contracted lymphoma in 1986, and died of sepsis related to complications in 1989 .

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