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    AZ: Anita Mae "Shoena" Putnam, DOB 2/28/1948, Found 2/25/2012

    This lady is actually listed in the Unidentified Persons database, UP #10244, rather than Unclaimed.

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10244

    I spoke with Tessa Lee of the Pima County ME's office today, and she was very nice; I thought I might have turned up some new info on this lady, but they had already seen it. She said that they have both an alias name, "Shoena Mae Putnam," and a birth name, Anita Mae Putnam, and a birthdate of 2/28/1948, but they and LE have been unable to locate any relatives to notify, and also to positively verify ID.

    What is believed to be known: Ms. Putnam was a 1966 graduate of Waukesha High School, and a 1971 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. She then lived in California for 11 years, in Washington state for 14 years, then Sante Fe, NM for five years. She was a registered nurse for 20 years, and was a singer/songwriter.

    At the end of her life, she was a transient, and was found dead in the front yard of a home in Tucson.

    Any help would be very much appreciated!

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    Could she have been going by Shoena Even Putnam?
    There is a facebook (although completely empty) under that name registered. The URL is http://www.facebook.com/shoena.putnam

    ETA: There is another reference to "even" in this search result
    http://www.mylife.com/shoenaputnam (the url listed says evensong)
    I'm not sure where this site got that URL name.
    Last edited by Love Coco; 06-19-2013 at 06:43 AM.

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    Yeah, I saw that. I don't know. We don't even know who put the information on the website we did find. Here's a link to it:

    http://who-remembers-me.com/profile/...na_putnam.html

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    There's a result also under the spelling Shaena Mae Putnam
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&gl=au&strip=1

    It lists possible relations as Leonard Putnam and Carol Putnam. I'm not sure how reliable and accurate that information is, but could they be her parents?

    If so, this is a picture of her mother Carol in a newspaper article about their marriage http://newspaperarchive.com/waukesha...6-01-21/page-3 They were engaged in 1946. Which gives them 2 years to then have Anita.

    So full name of possible parents: Leonard Allen Putnam, Carol Grace Putnam (Loomis). If alive, they would be 93 and 89 respectively.

    Leonard has a brother, Robert Putnam (b approx. 1929) but I don't know if alive or not. Would be about 86.

    Leonard's mother was named Cora Mae Putnam, which Anita may have been named after. Unfortunately haven't come across anything that shows siblings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love Coco View Post
    Unfortunately haven't come across anything that shows siblings.
    That might be the problem. If she was an only child and her parents are gone, there may be no one left to notify.

    Ooh, just found her father on SSDI, says he died in 2005, Pima County. Am not finding her mother. Or her uncle. Still looking...

    Found an address and phone number in Green Valley. I wonder if either is still good? Looks like they lived in a condo complex.

    And I just found Carol G. Putnam at a different Green Valley address; looks like she downsized after losing her husband. Might be an assisted living-type complex. There's a phone number too!

    I'll call Tessa again tomorrow and see if she can use any of this info.

    Thanks for the tip!
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 06-20-2013 at 11:31 PM.

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    Could this Nevada marriage record be her? If she stayed in WI longer after graduation, then went west, she could have married in Nevada?

    Name: Anita Mae Putnam
    Gender: Female
    Residence State: Wisconsin
    Spouse: Ray Welch Hashbarger
    Spouse Residence State: Wisconsin
    Marriage Date: 4 Jan 1977
    Marriage County: Clark
    Officiant Type: Religious celebrant
    Recorded Date: 18 Jan 1977
    Recorded County: Clark
    Book: 503
    Page: B073838
    Instrument number: 872688

    Also: surely the University of Wisconsin would help out with former student records at LE request? Perhaps there's a billing address or parent names on her file?

    Here's the public record addresses listed, for what they're worth:

    Name: Anita Putnam
    Birth Date: 28 Feb 1948
    Address: 3800 14th Ave SE, Lacey, WA, 98503-2273

    Name: Anita Putnam
    Birth Date: 28 Feb 1948
    Address: 12320 Roosevelt Way NE Apt 1, Seattle, WA, 98125-4846

    Name: Anita Putnam
    Birth Date: 28 Feb 1948
    Address: 3800 14th Ave SE, Olympia, WA, 98503-2273

    Shaena Mae Putnam
    Phone Number: 595-2369
    Address: PO Box 69, Burlington, WA, 98233-0069
    [4291 Meridian St # 333, Bellingham, WA, 98226-6482 (1996)]
    [6246 Old Guide Rd Apt F, Bellingham, WA, 98226-9640 (1996)]
    [2954 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Custer, WA, 98240-9506]
    [3286 Creasy Rd, Custer, WA, 98240-9530 (1993)]
    [490 Vinemaple Way, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284-9540 (1993)]

    Name: Shaena A Putnam
    Address: 16412 SE 2nd St, Bellevue, WA, 98008-4709
    [490 Vinemaple Way, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284-9540 (1992)]
    [100 S LA Venture 31, Mount Vernon, WA, 98273 (1991)]

    Name: Shoena Mae Putnam
    City: Custer
    State: Washington
    Zip Code: 98240
    Phone Number: 360-366-1056
    Residence Years: 1995

    Name: Shoena Mae Putnam
    City: Ferndale
    State: Washington
    Zip Code: 98248
    Phone Number: 360-384-5334
    Residence Years: 1996

    Here's one with the same birthdate:
    Name: Shoena-Mae Putnam
    Birth Date: 28 Feb 1948
    Address: 2954 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Custer, WA, 98240-9506


    I also found this, which has a different birthdate, but also matches her as Anita in Olympia:
    Name: Anita M Putnam
    Birth Date: 15 Sep (no year listed)
    Address: 1323 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA, 98501-1617


    For what it's worth, there appear to be OTHER Anita Putnams in WA that are NOT her, unless she was using different birthdates and middle initials:

    NAME: Anita L Putnam
    BIRTH: 26 Feb 1944
    RESIDENCE: 1935-1993 - Spokane, WA

    NAME: Anita J Putnam
    BIRTH: 27 Oct 1952
    RESIDENCE: 1935-1993 - Federal Way, WA

    So we should probably try to be careful not to be confusing them.

    To add to that point, I believe these are also NOT her:
    Wisconsin Divorce Index, 1965-1984
    NAME: Kurt Von Gates
    SPOUSE: Anita L Putnam
    DIVORCE: 29 Nov 1984 - Washington
    Ages 25, 25

    Wisconsin Divorce Index, 1965-1984
    NAME: Robert J Warzynski
    SPOUSE: Anita L Putnam
    DIVORCE: 27 Jun 1980 - Waukesha
    Ages: 25, 21

    This Anita L Putnam appears to have been born in 1959 in Wisconsin.

    The connection here to Waukesha concerns me: that's either a big coincidence, or LE might have her history confused with this Anita?

    I'll keep searching, but wanted to see if anyone could shed some light on the origins of what we think we know?
    The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. ~Richard P. Feynman

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    Also just found this:
    Name: Shana J Putnam
    Birth Date: 14 Jan 1947
    Address: 2639 Yew St # B, Bellingham, WA, 98226-3934 (1994)
    [1152 38th NE, Seattle, WA, 98125 (1992)]
    [11552 38th Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98125-5706]
    [215 11th Ave E, Seattle, WA, 98102-5721 (1994)]
    [1556 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA, 98107-4756]

    And then this:
    Name: Shana J. Putnam
    SSN: 136-38-5706
    Born: 14 Jan 1947
    Died: 13 Feb 1998
    State (Year) SSN issued: New Jersey (1963)
    Last edited by hmmaybe; 06-21-2013 at 10:01 AM. Reason: accidental duplicate post; editing to remove duplication, add new info
    The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. ~Richard P. Feynman

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    Just now finally clicking through to the links above. Sorry, will remember to do that FIRST next time. (Dur.) I agree that they look like relatives, given the WI ---> AZ of the possible mother and the L. and C. engagement announcement from Waukesha. Found the same 1940 census with brother R.

    I found an article listing an Anita Putnam from Waukesha as a member of the Delta Zeta sorority at Wisconsin State, dated Feb 9, 1968 in the Oshkosh Northwestern (newspaper).

    Anyway, sorry if I'm muddling; hope the L & C in Pima works out via Tessa!
    The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. ~Richard P. Feynman

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    I called Tessa but she's out of the office today. Left a message, and hopefully will be able to speak with her next week. I'm on pins and needles!

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    An article about Leonard and Carol's wedding from The Milwaukee Journal - May 20, 1946
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3047%2C2239230

    I also found an obituary for Leonard. You have to pay for the full article though. But I was able to see a bit extra through google.

    http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/...ckval=GooglePM


    1.) Leonard Putnam
    Waukesha Freeman (WI)
    Author: staff
    Publish Date: September 2, 2005
    Word Count: 210
    Document ID: 10CAB707BB6886D0

    GREEN VALLEY, ARIZ.

    Leonard Putnam

    FLAG Leonard Putnam, 85, a resident of Green Valley, Ariz., since 1983, formerly of Waukesha and Sister Bay, passed away at home Satuday, Aug. 27, 2005, after a long illness.

    For 34 years he traveled the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota as a sales representative for Components Co., where he was a senior partner.

    During World War II he was stationed in England with the 8th Air Force, flying missions over Germany where

    ...


    He is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Anita of Sante Fe, NM; and brother Robert (Dorothy) of McHenry, Ill. Many thanks to our beautiful hospice nurse,
    That's all I can see.
    But from the two, we now know the names of two aunts:

    Helen Loomis (sister of Carol)
    Dorothy Putnam, from McHenry, Ill (wife of Robert)
    Last edited by Love Coco; 06-23-2013 at 11:51 AM.


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    Full names might be Robert Edwin Putnam and Dorothy Ann Putnam (Peterson) per this marriage certificate https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X22F-WZZ

    Robert E Putnam died December 10, 2006, with last known residence McHenry, Ill.
    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VMWN-Z4F
    Have not found one for Dorothy.

    When searching on Spokeo for Robert Putnam and Dorothy Putnam in McHenry, there is an address that shows up, which also shows up for another Putnam - possibly R & D's child / Anita's cousin - who is listed as being in 50s. I'll PM with the name, although they might be hard to track down as so far only this search engine has been the only one to show the connection.

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    Thank you so much for your help, Love! I'll pass the info along to Tessa when I do get to speak to her.

    I keep thinking about this poor mother, God bless her, close to 90 years old and most likely physically frail. At her age, having some form of dementia is so common that I wonder if she's even in a condition to mentally process the fact that her daughter is dead. And I worry about what it might do to her if she is.

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    Was her death ever explained? How does someone who was once a registered nurse end up as a transient dead in a front yard? This is very sad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by coco View Post
    Was her death ever explained? How does someone who was once a registered nurse end up as a transient dead in a front yard? This is very sad..
    Alcohol? Drugs? I don't know, but I agree it is very sad. Left a voice mail a month ago with Ms. Putnam's mother's name, address and phone number, but still haven't heard back from Tessa and the UID profile is still active on NamUs. I hate to be a pest but would like to know if the info was helpful at all.

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