Born in Brunswick County, Missouri on July 1, 1876, Marilyn’s grandmother (also known as Della Mae Monroe, Della May Graves, and Della May Grainger) was the second of three children. When she was thirteen years old, Tilford Marion Hogan and Jennie Nance, her parents, divorced. The ensuing years were spent moving back and forth between her parents.
In late 1899, Della Mae wed Otis Elmer Monroe. They relocated to Mexico in 1901, where Otis started working for the Mexican railroads. Gladys, Marilyn’s mother, was born in 1902. After Otis Elmer and Della Mae came to the United States in search of better-paying employment in Los Angeles, 1905 saw the birth of Marion Otis Elmer, Otis Elmer’s son.
After Della Mae’s marriage to Baker ended in divorce in 1921, she temporarily took in her daughter. In 1924, Gladys got remarried, but that union also failed rapidly. Norma Jeane was born a year later. The young granddaughter of Della Mae experienced a mixed-bag of a grandmother. At that time, Della Mae was residing in Hawthorne, California, close to Ida and Wayne Bolender, Norma Jeane’s foster parents for the first seven years of her life. She requested that Norma Jeane be christened at Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple, as she had grown to be a devoted disciple of the nun.
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