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  Joyce Ellen Anderson (b. 1936) — also known as Joyce Anderson; Joyce Ellen Detton — of Incline Village, Washoe County, Nev. Born in Long Island (unknown county), N.Y., February 9, 1936. Republican. Registered nurse; delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1972. Female. Mormon. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Daughter of Dean Henry Detton and Maline (Pessetto) Detton; married, August 20, 1959, to William A. Anderson.
  Elizabeth Moore Arndt (b. 1920) — also known as Betty Arndt; Elizabeth Moore — of Centralia, Boone County, Mo. Born in Newburyport, Essex County, Mass., August 25, 1920. Republican. Nurse; delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1964, 1976; member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1970-81. Female. Protestant. Still living as of 1981.
  Relatives: Daughter of Frederick Arnold Moore and Miriam (Delano) Moore; married 1946 to Joseph Manning Arndt, Jr.
  Mary Ann Arty (b. 1926) — also known as Mary Ann Scheid — of Springfield, Delaware County, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., November 24, 1926. Republican. Nurse; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972. Female. Lutheran. Member, American Public Health Association. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Daughter of Henry J. Scheid and Pearl (Van Dike) Scheid; married to Thomas B. Arty.
  Virginia Barrett (1918-2004) — of Grosse Pointe Shores, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., May 8, 1918. Democrat. Nurse; member, 14th Congressional District Democratic Committee. Female. Died, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, in St. John's Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., May 3, 2004 (age 85 years, 361 days). Burial location unknown.
  Elizabeth Lehman Belen (1886-1975) — also known as Elizabeth L. Belen — of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich. Born in Westphalia Township, Clinton County, Mich., December 22, 1886. Democrat. Registered nurse; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1937-38; defeated, 1934, 1938, 1958; vice-chair of Michigan Democratic Party, 1939; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940, 1944; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1944; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1944; candidate for Michigan state senate 14th District, 1950. Female. Died in Meridian Township, Ingham County, Mich., July 24, 1975 (age 88 years, 214 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Daughter of Joseph Lehman (1835-1911) and Theresa (Miller) Lehman (1842-1920); married to Christopher F. Belen (1882-1960); mother of Lucile Elizabeth Belen and Frederick Christopher Belen (1913-1999).
  Political family: Belen family of Lansing, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Diane Black (b. 1951) — also known as Diane Lynn Warren — Born in Baltimore, Md., January 16, 1951. Republican. Nurse; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1999-2005; member of Tennessee state senate, 2005-10; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 2011-. Female. Still living as of 2018.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Ann Marie Buerkle (b. 1951) — also known as Ann Marie Colella — of Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y. Born in Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y., May 8, 1951. Republican. Registered nurse; lawyer; U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 2011-13; defeated, 2012. Female. Still living as of 2017.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Gertrude Detweiler (1895-1988) — also known as Gertrude E. Homan; Mrs. W. H. Detweiler — of Hazelton, Jerome County, Idaho; Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho. Born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., March 12, 1895. Republican. Nurse; delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1956; chair, Arrangements Committee, chair, 1960. Female. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion Auxiliary. Died, in the Lewiston Care Center, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, July 20, 1988 (age 93 years, 130 days). Interment at Twin Falls Cemetery, Twin Falls, Idaho.
  Relatives: Daughter of William Homan and Ida Homan; married, November 19, 1919, to William Hunsberger Detweiler (1893-1965).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Viva Gaunt (1892-1974) — also known as Viva Huntley — of Grandville, Kent County, Mich. Born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., November 7, 1892. Republican. Nurse; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1956. Congregationalist. Member, American Legion Auxiliary. Died in Grandville, Kent County, Mich., April 5, 1974 (age 81 years, 149 days). Interment at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, Mich.
  Relatives: Married to Robert C. Gaunt (c.1891-1974).
  Dorothy Kelly Gay (b. 1943) — also known as Dorothy A. Kelly — of Somerville, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland, April 26, 1943. Democrat. Registered nurse; member of Massachusetts Governor's Council 6th District, 1993-98; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000, 2004; candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1998; mayor of Somerville, Mass., 1999-2000; defeated, 2003. Female. Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Relatives: Married to Bertram Gay.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Aileen M. Gunther (born c.1954) — also known as Aileen M. Malone — of Forestburgh, Sullivan County, N.Y. Born about 1954. Democrat. Registered nurse; member of New York state assembly 98th District, 2004-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004. Female. Still living as of 2011.
  Relatives: Married, May 27, 1978, to Jacob Edward Gunther III (1953-2003).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Fern Smith Hammond (b. 1900) — also known as Fern Smith — of Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich. Born in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., February 9, 1900. Republican. Nurse; Deputy state welfare director; vice-chair of Michigan Republican Party, 1939. Female. Presbyterian. Member, League of Women Voters; Daughters of the American Revolution. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Louis Smith and Sarah Elizabeth (LeRoy) Smith; married to Russel W. Hammond.
  Artina Tinsley Hardman (b. 1951) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born July 13, 1951. Democrat. Licensed practical nurse; member of Michigan state house of representatives 3rd District, 1999-. Female. African Methodist Episcopal. Member, NAACP. Still living as of 2000.
  Lolita Hilliard (1908-1997) — also known as Lolita Ruth Collett; Mrs. M. E. Hilliard — of Front Royal, Warren County, Va.; Parsons, Tucker County, W.Va.; St. Peters, St. Charles County, Mo. Born in West Virginia, September 15, 1908. Democrat. Nurse; chair of Tucker County Democratic Party, 1949-62. Female. Presbyterian. Member, Order of the Eastern Star; Daughters of the American Revolution. Died, in Claywest House nursing home, St. Charles, St. Charles County, Mo., May 29, 1997 (age 88 years, 256 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Parsons Cemetery, Parsons, W.Va.
  Relatives: Daughter of Maurie Jay Collett (1884-1935) and Hazel (Ferguson) Collett (1890-1979); married 1926 to Milliard Earl Hilliard (1902-1991).
  Eddie Bernice Johnson (b. 1935) — of Dallas, Dallas County, Tex. Born in Waco, McLennan County, Tex., December 3, 1935. Democrat. Nurse; member of Texas state house of representatives, 1972-77; member of Texas state senate, 1987-92; U.S. Representative from Texas 30th District, 1993-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from Texas, 2004-08. Female. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Delta Kappa Gamma; Urban League; Alpha Kappa Alpha. Still living as of 2019.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Sarah W. Laughlin — of New Jersey. Socialist. Nurse; delegate to Socialist National Convention from New Jersey, 1920. Female. Burial location unknown.
  Carolyn McCarthy (b. 1944) — also known as Carolyn Cook — of Mineola, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 5, 1944. Democrat. Licensed practical nurse; U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1997-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000, 2004, 2008. Female. Catholic. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Anna Nevenich — of Nevada; Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Registered nurse; employment agency owner; Independent candidate for U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1994; candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1995; candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Representative from Oregon 3rd District, 1996. Female. Still living as of 1996.
  Sandra Nyman (born c.1953) — also known as Sandy Nyman — of Wyoming, Kent County, Mich. Born about 1953. Democrat. Nurse; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2004. Female. Still living as of 2004.
  Dorothy Gertrude O'Brien (b. 1919) — also known as Dorothy G. O'Brien — of DeKalb, DeKalb County, Ill. Born in DeKalb, DeKalb County, Ill., February 8, 1919. Democrat. Nurse; chair of DeKalb County Democratic Party, 1956-60; Illinois Democratic state chair, 1958-64; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960, 1980 (alternate); member of Democratic National Committee from Illinois, 1963-67. Female. Catholic. Member, Kappa Beta Pi; NAACP. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of James S. O'Brien and Mary (Carton) O'Brien.
  Melodie Peters — of Quaker Hill, Waterford, New London County, Conn. Democrat. Nurse; member of Connecticut state senate 20th District, 1993-. Female. Still living as of 2002.
  Anne Rudin (b. 1924) — also known as Anne Noto — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in Passaic, Passaic County, N.J., January 27, 1924. Registered nurse; mayor of Sacramento, Calif., 1983-92. Female. Member, American Association of University Women; League of Women Voters; Soroptimists. Still living as of 1992.
  Relatives: Daughter of Philip Noto and Angela (Macri) Noto; married, June 6, 1948, to Edward Rudin.
  Claire K. Shulman (b. 1926) — of Beechhurst, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., February 23, 1926. Democrat. Registered nurse; borough president of Queens, New York, 1986-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988, 1996, 2000. Female. Jewish. Still living as of 2012.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Jean Stothert (b. 1954) — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb. Born in Wood River, Madison County, Ill., February 7, 1954. Republican. Nurse; candidate for Nebraska unicameral legislature 12th District, 2006; mayor of Omaha, Neb., 2013-. Female. Episcopalian. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Peggy Wilson (b. 1945) — of North Carolina; Wrangell, Alaska. Born in Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa, September 8, 1945. Republican. Registered nurse; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1980; member of Alaska state house of representatives 2nd District, 2001-. Female. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 2001.
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