George Allen Shafer
Mildred Florence Robinson
Clinton Everett Beecher
Grace Hazel Condon
Ellis Lee Shafer
Mary Elaine Beecher
El Raye Shafer


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1. Donald Jay Holden

2. Charles Kercam Hoyt

El Raye Shafer 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 11 Dec 1936, Boone Township, Cass, IN 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Donald Jay Holden on 5 Mar 1955 in , Marion, IN 1
  • Marriage (2): Charles Kercam Hoyt on 15 Jul 1977 in Brownsburg, Hendricks, IN, USA 1 2
  • Died: 8 Nov 2001, Indianapolis, Marion, IN at age 64 2
  • Buried: 12 Nov 2001, Indianapolis: New Crown Cemetery, Marion, IN, USA 2

   Another name for El was Elraye Shafer.8

   FamilySearch ID: GW8N-297.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Harrison Township, Cass, IN. 2 3 The 1940 census recorded Ellis Shafer, farmer, 25, living with wife Elaine, 27; and daughter El Raye Shafer, 3. Everyone was born in Indiana.

2. Census in 1950 in Harrison Township, Cass, IN. 9 The 1950 census recorded Ellis L. Shafer, farmer, 35, living with wife Mary E., 37, and daughter El Raye, 13. Everyone was born in Indiana.

3. Newspaper: Logansport Pharos-Tribune: El Raye Shafer Wins Scholarship, 3 Aug 1954, Logansport, Cass, IN. 10 Royal Center Graduate Wins Music Scholarship
ROYAL CENTER\emdash Miss El Raye Shafer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. EUis Shafer, route 2, has been awarded the "1954-55 Special Music Scholarship" to Indiana University. The award was presented for her outstanding music record during her 12 years of music study. Miss Shafer plays both the clarinet and the piano and has accompanied the huge mass chorus at the county music festival for several years. She has also been accompanist for the high school chorus Miss Shafer played in the band for five years and has won many honors and medals at the Solo and Ensemble contests at Kokomo and Butler university, She has studied music under the guidance of Mr, and Mrs. Charles Byfield and has attended the IU Summer music clinic. A 1954 gnaduate of the local high school, Miss Shafer is now employed in Indianapolis.

4. Residence: in 1956 in Rome, Roma, Lazio, ITA. 11

5. Newspaper: Logansport Press, 14 Feb 1957, Logansport, Cass, IN. 11 Mr. and Mrs. Don Holden and daughter, Debbie, will take up residence in Indianapolis after they arrive in a few days from Rome, Italy, where they have spent the past two years. Mrs. Holden is the former El Raye Shafer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Shafer, of east of town.

6. Residence: in Mar 1957 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 11

7. Newspaper: Indianapolis Star: El Raye Holden Bowling Champ, 29 Feb 1976, Indianapolis, Marion, IN. El Raye Holden, the gal reported to have achieved second place WIBC honors for the 1974-75 season by rolling in 10 leagues, is down to eight leagues this season, according to Vi Blackwell of Raceway Lanes. Mrs. Holden, who has lost 44 pounds in the last four months while on a rigid diet, tolled a 635 series in the morning league at Raceway on Feb. 17, hit a 633 series in the 6 p.m. league and "then came through with a 550 in the 8:30 p.m. ieague on the same night, said Vi Blackwell.

8. Residence: 6212 Lakeview Drive Apt 39, Indianapolis, IN on 15 Jul 1977 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 1

9. Residence: on 6 Oct 1985 in Torrance, Los Angeles, CA. 12

10. Residence: 4349 Dabny Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46254 in 1995 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 13

11. Residence: 4841 Liberty Ln, Indianapolis, IN 46241 in 1996 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 14

12. Cause of Death: cerebrovascular accident due to hypertension, 8 Nov 2001, Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 2

13. Residence: 4012 Mann Road Apt 302, Indianapolis, IN 46221 on 8 Nov 2001 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 2

14. Obituary: Indianapolis Star: Obituary of Elraye "Blondie" Shafer Holden Hoyt on 11 Nov 2001 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 8 ELRAYE "BLONDIE" SHAFER HOLDEN HOYT, 64, Indianapolis, died Nov. 8. She was a homemaker. Services: 1 p.m. Nov. 12 in Flanner & Buchanan Decatur Township Mortuary, with calling from 11 a.m. Burial: New Crown Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of the mortuary. Survivors: children Debbie Lyons, David, Jeffrey L., Gregory J. Holden, Angle Buchanan, Kevin Hoyt; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

15. Obituary: Mooresville Times: obituary of El Raye Hoyt on 13 Nov 2001 in Mooresville, Morgan, IN, USA. 15 El Raye "Blondie" Hoyt
December 11, 1936 - November 8, 2001
El Raye "Blondie" Holden Shafer Hoyt, 64, of Indianapolis, died Nov. 8 in Indianapolis. She was born on Dec. 11, 1936, in Royal Center to Ellis and Elaine (Beecher) Shafer.
Hoyt was a homemaker.
Survivors include: children Debbie Lyons, David, Jeffrey L. and Gregory J. Holden, Angie Buchanan and Kevin Hoyt; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday at Flanner and Buchanan Decatur Township Mortuary. Burial was in New Crown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of the mortuary.

El married Donald Jay Holden, son of Earl Albert Holden and Rowena Louise Payne, on 5 Mar 1955 in , Marion, IN.1 The marriage ended in divorce. (Donald Jay Holden was born on 3 Oct 1931 in Kansas City, Jackson, MO,5 died on 20 Apr 2020 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN 16 and was buried in Indianapolis: New Crown Cemetery, Marion, IN, USA.)

El next married Charles Kercam Hoyt on 15 Jul 1977 in Brownsburg, Hendricks, IN, USA.1 2 The marriage ended in divorce. (Charles Kercam Hoyt was born on 15 Apr 1946 in , Hennepin, MN, USA 1 and died on 6 Apr 2021 in Sun City West, Maricopa, AZ, USA.)


1, "Indiana, U.S., Marriage Certificates, 1960-2012," Charles Hoyt m. El Raye Holden 15 Jul 1977 Brownsburg IN.

2, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 108464. ElRaye Hoyt. Father Ellis Shafer. Mother Elaine Beecher. Informant Kevin S. Hoyt, son.

3 1940 United States Census, Ellis Shafer, Lucerne, Harrison Township, Cass, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 9-28, sheet 12B, family 196, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1030.

4, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, El Raye Shafer, b. 11 Dec 1936 in Boone Township, Cass IN.

5, "Indiana, U.S., Marriage Certificates, 1960-2012," Jeffrey Lee Holden and Mary Anne Shanklin, m. 26 Nov 1994 in Indianapolis, IN.

6, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," David Allen Holden, b. 13 Jun 1957 Indianapolis d. 3 Jul 2017 Avon IN father Donald Jay Holden Mother El Raye Holden.

7 The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), 16 Jul 2017, page A26. Obituary of David Allen Holden.

8 The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), 11 Nov 2001, page 30. Obituary of Elray "Blondie" Shafer Holden Hoyt.

9 "1950 United States Census," Ellis L Shafer Harristown Township, Cass IN.

10 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 3 Aug 1954, page 9.

11 The Logansport Press (Logansport, Miami, Indiana), 14 Feb 1957, page 4.

12 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 7 Oct 1985, page 2. Obituary of Ellis L. Shafer.

13, U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 (, Elraye Hoyt, Indianapolis, iN 1995.

14, U.S., Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 (Original data: 1993-2002 White Pages. Little Rock, AR, USA: Acxiom Corporation.), Elraye Hoyt, 1995-1997, Indianapolis, IN.

15 "Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, IN),"

16 The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), 23 Apr 2020, page A16. Obituary of Don Holden.

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