From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Woodard, Marie Bell Gurton Sanders

(born: February 9, 1921  -  died: January 1, 1998) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps

Active Duty Entered

December 19, 1942


Marie Bell Gurton was born in Forks of Elkhorn (Franklin County), KY, the daughter of Lonnie and Laura Beechman Gurton. The family is enumerated in the 1920, 1930, and 1940 U.S. Censuses. In 1930 Lonnie Gurton was a widower employed as a truck driver. He cared for his nine children with the help of his mother Lucy Gurton. In 1940 he had remarried. Marie  was the oldest of the last three children in the home.

In 1942, Marie Gurton was a waitress living in Frankfort, KY, according to her entry in the Frankfort city directory. That same year she had married and enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in Cincinnati, OH as Marie G. Sanders, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases.

After her military service she returned to Kentucky, where she married Zack Woodard. In 1951 the family lived in Frankfort. Marie later worked as a typist at the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Marie Bell Gurton Sanders Woodard died in Frankfort and is buried in the Sunset Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum there.

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry); Polk's Frankfort (Franklin County, KY.) City Directory, 1942, p. 96; Polk's Frankfort (Franklin County, KY.) City Directory, 1951-52, p. 250; "Obituaries: Frankfort - Marie Gurton Woodard," Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/04/1998, p. 20; and Marie Gurton Woodard at Find A Grave.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Franklin County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Forks of Elkhorn, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Frankfort, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Item Relations

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NKAA Source: Polk's Frankfort (Franklin County, Ky) city directory
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)

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