Surely as numerous Vermonters anticipate the arrival of May to take in their first deep sniff of the Lilac blossoms, Georgiana and John White were expecting something far grander than the aroma from purple lilacs. This beloved spring bloom is known to symbolize the first emotions of love. Following suit, the newlyweds would exemplify their endearment for one another by bringing forth a new life.
The weather in Ludlow, Vermont proved to be a good day for, Loris to be born¹. The average temperature that warm 6th day of May in 1912, was 46° F. There was little precipitation noted in the history books for this town the butts up to the Okemo State Forest.
This ideal weather and the pending bloom may have been a little less climatic the year Loris was born, as all the Dashner, and White family were engaged in oohing and aahing over a baby girl that smelled delicious and could cause one to forget about the bush outside the window.
I interrupt this post for a brief personal moment… Grandchildren of Ilene White that have NEVER seen a photo of your great-grandmother, Georgiana Dashner White—get ready to shriek and wiggle with excitement, you are about to meet here in the below picture.
Loris Elthea White was the big sister to Cecelia “Sibby,” Edna, the twins, Ilene and Irene, John and James. As misfortune would have it, this title would come with a burden. As has been written about in prior stories, Loris took her oldest child role seriously. At the age of ten, her mother Georgiana died, and young Loris tried to step in and be a mother’s helper to her younger siblings.
Loris’s niece, Patricia, said that Loris conveyed that she tried very hard to care for her brothers and sisters and aid the outside help that her father hired. However, this task was beyond the abilities of a determined ten-year-old, and the children were placed temporarily in an orphanage.
The 1928 Cathedral High School Year Book offers a window into Loris’s teenage years. She is a junior, has an interest in music, is a violinist in the orchestra (second violin section), and she also is a member of the Monogram Club.
See if you can spot, Loris in the photo below.
After high school graduation in 1929, Loris holds variest jobs; dental asst, prop fashionette and clerk, as recorded in the Burlington City Directory². These directories also reveal that her dwelling remains at the same location as her father. So although some of Ilene (White) Audette’s grandchildren have heard the Ilene did not like her step-mother, Loris appears to have chosen to be a part of her father and new stepmom’s life, because John White remarried Beulah “Betty” Page in 1930.
The whereabouts of Loris from 1938 to 1964 are pending further investigation. Nine years of city directories in Hartford, Connecticut have been discovered for a Loris E. White; however, the proof is still needed that this is our Loris. There is a black and white photograph (see photo to the left with her sisters) from 1938 labeled on the backside, NH home Aug 24, 1938.
Loris transitioned to California, and although it is unclear if she met her partner before or after arriving in California, on September 28, 1971, she married Robert Killefer. Loris was 59, and Robert was 67. They married in Ventura County³. By 1981 she is living in San Diego, and the Social Security Death Index shows her address in La Mesa which is in San Diego County. Loris dies⁴ on August 5, 1989, at the age of 77. She was predeceased by Robert by ten years. He died August 7, 1979.
Before we part, one final photo of Loris. For the many nieces and nephews just meeting your great-aunt for the first time and seeing what she looks likes—Enjoy!
¹ Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008, Loris Elthea White, 6 May 1912; Ancestry.com, (database online, accessed 10 August 2018)
²U.S. City Directories; Burlington, Vermont; Loris A [sic] White 1929, 1931, 1932-36; Ancestry.com, (database online, accessed 10 August 2018)
³California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985; White Loris E; Bride 1970-79 page 32,545; Ancestry.com, (database online, accessed 10 August 2018)
⁴California, Death Index, 1940-1997; Loris E Killefer; 5 Aug 1989; Ancestry.com, (database online, accessed 10 August 2018)
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