MARY ELIZABETH DEAN - LIFE- STORY
I was born March 5. 1879 at my Grandfather Dean's home in Woodruff, Rich County, Utah. I was the first child of John C. Dean and Elizabeth Howard and the first grandchild of Charles Dean and Mary Cope Dean, thus making me quite the honored guest. When I was about two weeks old my parents took me to their own home where I lived until the time of my marriage and went to a home of my own.
When I was about one year old, Father was working on a ranch north of town for William Crawford. In the Spring the high water was so bad they could not cross Bear River for some time and Father could not get home. Mother had no flour but she had some wheat. She ground the wheat in the coffee mill and made mush for herself and me to live on for two weeks. While father was working for Mr. Crawford a horse threw him on the horn of the saddle causing a bad hernia for which he has suffered most of his life and nearly causing his death at times.
There were nine girls born before having a brother so a lot of the work and responsibility of the farm fell to us on account of Father's condition. My sister Julia and 1 being the stronger and the most daring did a great deal of this work as we were unable to hire the work done.
Our farm was almost all sagebrush and I helped to clear it. Father would rail it and I would drive a team and harrowed it in piles. Then after supper we could go out and burn it, working from 10 to 11 o'clock at night. After walking behind a dusty harrow all day I would be so tired I could hardly sleep. But we were glad when we had it all cleared ready to plant the grain which Father did by hand and 1 had to harrow it under. Oh how I disliked that cloud of dust falling on me all the time. When this was done, my work was more in the house until harvesting time. There was grain to cut, shock, and thresh.
For many years after all this work, the wheat would be frozen. so that it would not make good flour. We would sack and load 2 wagons at night and Father and I would leave about 4 o'clock next morning. He driving one team and me the other to Evanston to buy our winter clothes and food. Father used to go hunting after the first snow in the fall and get deer for our meat. He would dress it, remove all of the solid meat from the bone and put it in brine for a few weeks, then take it out, cut a hole in the end of each piece and hang it on nails in the loft to dry. While this was drying we had soup and boiling meat from the bones. We sure did love the dried meat. It tasted like chipped beef now.
Our grain kept freezing so much Father thought he better move to some other place where he could be more sure of his grain not freezing. For owing to his health he was not able to ride for cattle, so we could not raise cattle. Mother's brother Joseph Howard and us decided to move to Vernal, Utah. We got ready and had our tent made and a lot of things packed to go. When it came our stake conference, Pres. Taylor came and in his talk to the people, he said that he heard that there were some families talking of leaving there. He said that he didn't want them to leave as they needed more people there. Father felt terrible but thought best to talk to Pres. Taylor. He told him his condition and asked his advise. Pres. Taylor said,"Will you take it if I give it to you? " He said that he would. Pres. Taylor then said, " I want you to stay where you are and will promise you that you will raise more grain and good grain than you will have place to put it."
Father came home and said," Well that settles that move." In just 4 years from that time when we threshed we filled all the bins in our granary. - Took all our tithing to the bishop, rented an old house from a neighbor boarding up the doors and the windows making a hole in the roof and putting the grain through it. We rented three bins in the tithing granary and filled them and had several loads in sacks put in the straw until we could haul them into town. Only four years of faithful work to see this. This helped us so Father bought a few head of beef cattle and butchered them at home taking the meat to Evanston to sell.
In those days there wasn't much sale for the liver, heart, tongue and brains so that was ours. And the only way we could sell the suet was to render it, so that was a big job for Mother and us children. When Father was away we had to water all the stock by drawing it from a 60 ft. well in buckets with the weather so cold we would nearly freeze. It ran all the way from 25 to 40 below zero. Mother always had to work so hard, so many of us to iron, sew, cook for and I never did hear her complain. We always seemed to be the luckiest or unluckiest children as whenever a disease came to town, we got our chance at it. We had the measles twice. diphtheria, whooping cough, of this last disease I will tell of Mother's faith. Emma was a baby only two months old. She was so tiny Mother had to carry her in her arms most of the time, as when she coughed it didn't seem like she would ever get her breath again. It caused her to be cross eyed for three years. One day I was holding Luella the baby and she took a convulsion. Father was away and no doctor nearer than Evanston. Mother had never seen a convulsion and not knowing what to do went to the Lord for help and she had another one and Mother prayed for her. That night when Father came home and he was holding her and she had another one and he said that she was gone and there is nothing we can do. And I said, "No, she is not" and ran for Mother. And she never had another one after that. I have seen Mother in so many hard places like that but she never gave up. She would say the Lord will always help us if we do our part.
My schooling commenced when I was four years old. My grandmother kept a small grocery store in the front of her house. Mother sent me there for some sugar. Father's youngest sister was just three years older than I and I liked to play with her. This day they told me she was at school across the street so I went across the street to find her. My uncle Joe Dean was the teacher and I told him I was going to school, so he put my name on the roll. When I arrived home late I told mother I had started school. I enjoyed it for about two days and then decided to quit, but Father thought different. He made me go until the weather was too cold and I had all the school I wanted for awhile.
We didn't have a grade school at Woodruff at this time but I enjoyed what schooling I did get. A teacher from Logan, Miss Thomas, taught the girls at noon to crochet mittens and scarfs and I was surely thrilled with the first ones I did. After I was ten, I helped Mother with the sewing and soon relieved her of the responsibility. About every two years my schooling was interrupted as I would have to stay home to care for the home and Mother while a new sister arrived.
When I was fifteen I was chosen to be a teacher in the Primary class in Sunday School, holding that position in every ward I lived in until I moved to Logan. We never had movies but I enjoyed going to mutual, dances, and sleigh rides. I had several boy friends that saw that I never missed any of these.
MARRIAGE OF FRED BROWN AND MARY ELIZABETH DEAN
The 29th of September, 1897, after I was 18, I married Frank F. Brown a boy I went to school with all my life. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple by John R. Winder and went to a home of our own the next week. It was a humble log cabin but it was ours and we were very happy there. That Christmas we had a Christmas tree with a gift for all my folks and had them spend Christmas with us. The children were so pleased with the tree and presents that I believe that was the happiest Christmas I had spent up to that time.
We lived there for two years then my husband went to work for Steve Ellis on a stock ranch and I went with him. We spent most of the day on horseback. Fred bought me a nice side saddle for ladies never rode astride then. I was surely glad when the fashion changed and I could have a divided skirt and ride astride.
I went to Randolph and took a course in dressmaking, receiving a diploma from the Tailor Square Inch System. We lived on the ranch until 1901, moving to Groveland, Idaho, where we bought a farm. This made more sagebrush to clear. but that proved the least of our troubles for we had to fight the rabbits as they ate up everything we had for about three years.
During this time I received a call through the Relief Society to take a course in Obstetrics and Nursing. I went to Salt Lake City and studied under Dr. Ellis R. Shipp graduating in the spring of 1905 and received my diploma from Dr. Shipp. I also passed the board of Examiners and received a certificate to practice in the State of Utah and Idaho.
Mother had been sick for a long time so I went to Woodruff and brought her to my home. The change of climate and my care for her improved her health so that she is still alive today. On going back to Blackfoot, I was set apart for my work by Pres. Ellas Kimball and promised that I would be successful. I have certainly had this promise fulfilled all along in my work,
Because the rabbits were so bad on the farm, we moved into Blackfoot. My husband became weigh master at the Utah-Idaho Sugar Factory, leaving from there to go on a mission to the North Western States. He left in August 1910. His father died at our home in Blackfoot in March 1910,. leaving his farm at Arco, Idaho to his three sons. They decided not to divide the farm until after Fred returned from his mission.
I practiced Obstetrics and Nursing, keeping my husband while on his mission which cost $1,000.00, also bought and paid for a new buggy. On his return from his mission in April 1912, we sold our home in Blackfoot and moved to the farm in Arco, buying the other two boys shares. We worked hard to get the place built up and some stock on it. That August they organized a ward in Arco. William Lowery was called as Bishop and he chose for his counselors Parley P. Black and my husband, Fred Brown. We were both Sunday School teachers.
In the fall of 1 913, we were hard pressed for money for our taxes. We prayed about it and a few days later a lady came and wanted me to care for her during her confinement. I had to go stay with her for about a month leaving Fred to care for the place alone, but we were happy because this was an answer to our prayers, we thought. But these people haven't seen fit to pay me yet and we got our taxes without it.
The one sorrow of our lives was that we never had a family so we decided to adopt some children. On November 15, 1913 we got a little boy from the orphan home in Boise. Everett was born at Ola, Idaho, 4 miles north of Boise, Gem County, on 15 January, 1910. His name was Everett Evlin. When we adopted him we gave him the name Everett Frank. Frank being the name of his adopted father. He soon began to fill that need. We enjoyed him so much and my husband just about worshiped the little fellow and said many a time if he could have his health he would see that he had a good education. He has been a very good son to us and still is.
But the real hurt was to come to me soon. On the 1 January,1914, we went to Blackfoot to a family reunion that was always held at this time, my Father's birthday. My husband caught a cold there and was quite sick when we got home the next night. He improved and in about two weeks he was better but still not able to be out. The Bishop came and said it was time to get the ward reports and Brother Black was sick so they had better go to his home. I objected because it was so cold and he was just getting over a spell of pneumonia but they overruled my objection. He came home that night and never left his bed again. He died the 24, January, 1914. I took him to Blackfoot and laid him to rest. I felt that I just couldn't stay on the farm that winter so I rented it to Brother Parley P. Black and wife, who were very dear friends of ours, and went to Blackfoot and stayed with my parents, making my home with them.
I was so restless and unhappy that I made several trips back to Arco, staying with Bro. and Sister Black most of the time. Sister Black was very weak and in a very serious condition as her operation was not a success, so while with them I would do her work and sew for them.
I was put in leader of the Beehive Girls in Groveland Ward, Secretary of the Relief Society, block teacher, and a Sunday School teacher. These duties kept me quite busy, and I was very thankful for this responsibility. I began to get some work in my profession.
The fall of 1916, Sister Black wrote and asked me to come and stay with her for awhile for she felt so bad. I stayed with her until she passed away on the 24 November, 1916, but before doing so she called her husband, his folks and the Bishop to her bedside telling them that she wanted him to marry me if I would have him right away so I could take care of him and their little girl, Louise, as neither one of them were very strong.
MARRIAGE OF PARLEY P BLACK AND MARY ELIZABETH DEAN BROWN
Mary was somewhat concerned on how they could make a living when Parley was sick so much of the time. he said. " I can make enough money trading horses flat on my back in bed to support you." Mary told this story many times. We all knew it was an exaggeration but showed his great feeling of optimism and drive that helped them over many difficult situations they faced in the future.
We were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 24. 1917 fulfilling his dying wife's last wish. After our marriage we spent a week on a honeymoon in the Salt Lake area. We left Everett with Parley's mother at her home in Arco.
I sold my farm, paid for the home they had in town, bought some lots uptown and built the Butte Opera House. This had an implement room under it on the ground floor. The Studebaker company wanted a place for their equipment so we rented to them. The upstairs was made into a dance hall and for several years we run dances. I sold tickets and hot coffee and sandwiches. The first dance was the 4th of July 1917. It was very successful. During this year, I was put in President of the Young Ladies M.I.A.
Parley: After the World War broke out, we decided to buy Studebaker stock and add a line of implements. I had previously owned an interest in Molen Hardware so I took over the stock and took in Wm. Matthews, the county Assessor as my business partner and bookkeeper. We called our business venture, The Butte Implement Company. It was very successful. After the war things took a slump and people failed to meet their notes. We were closed up in 1922. I had started selling for Continental Life, and worked with them for two months. I then changed to Beneficial Life Insurance.
Our first baby came to gladden our home October 23, 1917 and I don't think there has been a baby born that was more welcome, she being my first and I was nearly thirty-nine years old. We always took Ilene with us to the dance hall in her buggy, but she soon learned when I was busy to want her Father to take her out in the hall and dance around with her in his arms.
During the war I would take my knitting with me and when not busy would knit. I knit 24 pairs of socks, 3 sweaters, and finished the toes and heels of 7 pairs other people had knit that didn't know to do the toe and heel that they had to have in the army sock.
Parley tells about Dean's birth. On November 14. 1919, our home was blessed with a son whom we named Parley Dean. He arrived before we could get the doctor. All was excitement and I rushed to the phone and said to the operator, " For God's sake, get a doctor, we got a baby down here and don't know what to do with it." The operator, Charlotte Lowry said, " Just keep it, Brother Black, the doctor will be there shortly." He weighed 7.5 pounds and was 23 inches tall.
When the children were small we got a little white curly dog named Toots for them to play with. When their father came home from town he nearly always had candy in his pocket for them, and Toots would race with them to get to the pocket first. Later we got them a Shetland pony named Pal. Ilene said, " Dad had the pony between the seats in the back of the car to bring him home." She and Dean had a lot of fun with the pony which Parley had taken for a payment on a life insurance policy.
Parley: I was a member of the Commercial Club and served on the City Council from 1918 to 1921. I was a speaker at all patriotic meetings and used to give three minute talks at the picture show each night during the war. They used me as their Chaplain in most of the patriotic meetings and the American Legion later on always had me pray at their Decoration Day Services. I was often called to bless babies and preach funeral services. They always called me to administer to the sick at the Arco Hospital and many people have come into the Church because of God being mindful of our pleadings. All honor be to Him, I praise his name for these blessings.
On October 8, 1921 the third baby came to our house. She was a beautiful child with a perfect body. She seemed more healthy than the other two but she died on October 16 with influenza. We named her Sarah Elizabeth after her two grandmothers, just before she died.
Mary: I was set apart as First Counselor in the Arco Relief Society and I worked in this position until 25 April 1926 when I was set apart as the Stake President of Relief Society in Lost River Stake, and worked in that capacity until we moved to Logan, Utah.
All the time I lived at Arco, besides working in Obstetrics and nursing, I helped to lay out the dead. One experience I had in this line I should like to relate. There were two LDS men killed in a mine explosion. One, Brother Norwood had his endowments and the other Brother Romney had not. They were side by side when killed. We couldn't embalm Brother Romney's body as there wasn't enough skin on it to hold the fluid. Bro. Norwood's body didn't have a scratch on where the garment covered, although the face, hand and feet were bruised.
In July 1924, Parley and I went with a group of 63 Beneficial Life Insurance Agents and their wives on a trip to Alaska, going as far as Skagway. Parley said about the trip, " I took two Book of Mormons. I gave one to an old Indian at Wrangell's and the other one to the Ship's Library."
On the 18th of May, 1926 there were 91 from the company that enjoyed a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Sixteen of this number took their recommends and on the 3 of June we went through the beautiful temple at Laie.
THE LAST MOVE TO LOGAN, UTAH 1929
When we came to April conference in 1927, we made arrangements to buy our home at 425 North 7th East in Logan. Utah. We rented it for two years and in August of 1929, we moved into it. Parley was asked to lead the Genealogical Program in the Fifth Ward. With the help of other adults and a very energetic group of young people such as my daughter Ilene, we had a very successful program. The group participated in a choir, tours to Salt Lake to the Genealogical Society, church archives, KSL, and other points. We studied the many reasons for temples and how to collect names to be submitted for having endowments done for our ancestors.
This program caused a lot of attention and I was asked to lead the program for the Stake. ... After the war, ... the program was dropped and the activities we were doing was taken over by the M.I.A.
It happened that soon after the Black family moved to Logan the great depression started. Very few during this period were able to buy Life Insurance. The family, like everyone else, had to find a way of saving money and get by.
Mary: In the fall of 1932, we moved to my sister's basement apartment at 506 West Second South. It was so hard to get back to the Fifth Ward that we attended the Second Ward. We lived there while Ilene went to High School and in June 1935 we moved back to our home on Seventh East. The children were able to attend college and I took in boarders who were college students, most of the time from 1929 to 1952. I worked as a Relief Society teacher.
Everett was so attached to Arco that he did not want to move with us. It was a trial for me to leave him in Arco. He got a job with the Utah Construction Company. They built roads, canals and had a cattle ranch. Everett later married Virginia Sermon and continued to work in Arco on ranches or in business in town. During the war years he and Virginia moved to Portland, Oregon and followed the carpenter trade there. After the war Everett and Virginia moved back to Little Lost River where he had a ranch. Later they moved to Escondido, California where he died February 1989 and is buried in the Escondido Cemetery. They never had any children.
My Father lived in Blackfoot. He and Mother came during the winters for 8 years and lived with us and my sister. During that time they worked in the Temple. We were happy to have them in our home and appreciated and loved them for their good influences. My Father took sick and passed away 28 Jan. 1937 at Blackfoot, Idaho, after 6 weeks of illness at the age of 84. Mother lived 3 years longer. She left us June, 1940 at the age of 80. Both were buried in the Groveland Cemetery. Groveland is about five miles west and north of Blackfoot. Idaho.
With the money left me from their estate, I made apartments in our basement where we had bedrooms before for the students. Since then my work has been much less. Our children are very good to us.
Parley: I was called to Arco to be at the bedside of my Mother at her death. We arrived about 6:00 P.M. Mother recognized all of us and talked with us, then she said, "Let me go to sleep." This she did and died about 11:30P.M. on the 23rd of May 1934. My brother Frank and his family came down to Logan after the funeral and had their Temple work done, including the sealing of the family of 11 children.
In July 1940, the Beneficial Life Insurance Company, took their agents to the World's Fair in New York. We stopped off at Niagra Falls and at Palmyra, New York, where we witnessed the wonderful pageant at the Hill Cumorah and attended a conference of the Eastern States Mission. While at Washington D.C. we visited the White House and all other places of interest including a boat trip down the Potomac River to Washington's wonderful estate. It was indeed a wonderful trip.
At October Conference in 1940, Parley was presented with a fine wrist watch from Beneficial Life in appreciation of a record of at least one policy per week for TEN YEARS. When they gave him this present, Mr. Cannon said, " In looking over Parley's record, he has not missed many weeks the whole time he has been in our service."
Parley tells of a job offer: In the spring of 1944 a mining man from St. Paul came to hire me to sell mining claims and stock in Idaho. He first came and bought a policy on his own life, and then made regular calls to get me to go with him in Idaho. He finally offered me $500.00 per month. I was not used to this high salary and was about to accept. The money was good but I had two doubts about taking the job. I was 67 years old and my health was not good for the travel and work I would have to do. Through the years many people have lost a lot of money on mining claims that didn't work out. I would be selling to my friends and relatives.
This troubled both of us. Mary said, " Dad, let's make it a matter of prayer." So we prayed and then I remembered advice which Dr. John A. Widsoe had given many times. He said. "If you are worried about your work, go to the Temple with a prayer in your heart and you will receive the answer." So Monday morning I went to the Temple. After the meeting, President ElRay Christiansen asked me to come to his office for a short visit. I did and he said, "Parley. I have never asked an officiator to come here without first talking it over with his Bishop and Stake President, but I feel impressed to ask you to be an officiator here in the Temple." I said, " Yes, I will." He said "you better talk it over with your wife before giving me an answer." I said. "I don't need to." I was so touched with emotion I could hardly talk.
When I told the man he was very unhappy. He offered me a lot more money but I knew in my heart, I had done the right thing.
The next morning, May 4, 1944, I went to the Temple and Pres. Christiansen set me apart and promised me I would not lose anything in a financial way as long as I was faithful to this call. In a few days he said, " I have wondered about how much you will lose by accepting this call. I wonder about the promise I made you." I just smiled and said, " The Spiritual Blessings I receive here will offset any temporal losses."
In 1934 the Logan and Cache Stakes were putting on the Temple Pageant J. Karl Wood had written. About 25,000 people came to see this during the month of May. This pageant will go down in history as the greatest pageant in the church up to this time, the Jubilee year of the Logan Temple.
On May 3, 1939 Ilene was married to Howard H. Christensen, a student at Utah State Agriculture College of Logan, Utah. He was from Aurora, Sevier County, Utah. We invited our Genealogical Stake Board and other friends to witness their marriage in the Logan Temple. The marriage room was filled to capacity. The ceremony was performed by Joseph Quinney Jr., Temple President. Ilene graduated from U.S.A.C. in June 1939. She was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, an Honorary Academic Society. Howard H. Christensen also graduated the next year. We were proud and happy Howard got a job at Franklin, Idaho teaching Agriculture.
Howard and Ilene and family now live at Bunkerville, Nevada. They have been blessed with four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. ( H. Dix, Jan Parley, Manya, Marijo). They own their own home and have taught school there since 1943 and have become a part of that Historic Mormon community. We keep in close touch with each other and they have proven themselves worthy Latter Day Saints and are a source of pride and joy in our family circle.
Now about our son Dean: He is a wonderful son. He majored in Auto Mechanics and later Aircraft Mechanics at USAC. He worked in Dr. Willard Gardner's office all through his college years. When he left college he went to California to work at Lockheed Aircraft and later Pacific Airmotive. He was inducted into the Army Air Force as an Aircraft Specialist. Before leaving for Overseas Duty he married Valeska Sannes in Salt Lake City February 14, 1945. Just before he left for overseas he came home and said, "How much money have you got ?" We counted up our cash and our Bonds and found we had around $500.00 and the debt on our home was $1600.00. He said, " Well let's go to the bank and get your deed so if I don't come back you can know you have a home." He had saved enough to finish paying for our home. " God Bless such a Son" is my fervent prayer.
He spent 2 years in the war in the Islands. After coming home he trained and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic and is living in Salt Lake City, Utah where he has a very successful practice. They have four children, one boy and three girls Sandra, Joe, Janene, Alesia
Louise was sick a great deal of her early life. She married Emery T. Mitton who had children. She helped raise them and has three children of her own. One girl, Theresa, and twin boys, Parley and Emery. Her health is much better now. Theresa teaches school and is a fine musician. She thinks she wants to be a career girl, but we hope she will marry a fine LDS boy. She is also a very good artist. She painted us a picture of the south end of Bear Lake for Christmas 1953. She is now on a mission to St. Paul, Minnesota for the LDS Church. ( She returned to teach school in Salt Lake. She never married. At about age 35 she died of breast cancer, like her mother and grandmother.)
On February 8, 1952 our little grandson, Jan Christensen was burned on both legs in a bonfire on the school grounds at Bunkerville, Nevada where his father Howard and mother Ilene teach. The fire was started by children playing with matches. Jan, 3 years old, was taken to St. George Hospital and a week later was then transferred to the LDS Primary Hospital. He was burned so badly they had to amputate his left leg at the knee. He had several skin grafts and blood transfusions. Ilene stayed at Dean's home until school started in the Fall, only taking time out while they were at summer school at Fort Collins, Colorado. Howard got his Master's Degree there this year. God has been kind to us all. He has heard and answered our faith and prayers in this long ordeal and we all acknowledge it has been through the combined faith and prayers of us all and the skill and service of Dr. Burtis Robbins and Dr. Okelbecry of the LDS Hospital and fine care given him at the Primary Children's Hospital. It is the will of our Heavenly Father, he is with us today.
One of my favorite poems is
We cannot, of course, all be handsome
And its hard for us all to be good,
We are sure. now and then to be lonely,
And we don't always do as we should.
To be patient is not always easy,
To be cheerful is much harder still:
But at least we can always be pleasant
If we make up our minds that we will.
And it pays every time to be kindly.
Although you feel worried and blue;
If you smile at the world and look cheerful,
The world will smile back at you.
So try to brace up and look pleasant.
No matter how low you are down;
Good humor is always contagious..
But you banish your friends when you frown.
Parley like his father had his enemies in his later years. The difference was Joseph was on to them. Dave Peterson was Parley's supervisor who went with him at times. Parley knew his mother who lived in Logan. He thought that Dave, years younger. was his friend. Dave's position in the Beneficial Life Insurance Company gave him access to the files. Insurance Agents have a contract with the company that usually pays the agent about half of the first year cost of the policy. After that the agent got about 5% of the yearly premium. The company also carries an insurance policy on their agents. Dave went to most of Parley's policy holders and used his charm and deceit and got them to cancel the old policy and buy a so-called " better policy" from him. As a result, in Parley's older years, he had very little income from his insurance work.
When Parley died, the Company didn't send Mary the money she expected from Parley's life insurance. Dean went down to the Company to ask why his Mother did not get the check. They told him Parley's income renewals didn't pay the premium on the policy so they had canceled it. Dean raised enough rumpus about the fairness of a Company's treatment of an agent for that many years that they sent his Mother the money she was entitled to.
I have spent five days each week at the temple except when ill, and my health has improved and we are comfortable and happy. Our children are very mindful of our needs. This Christmas, 1952, Dean gave us a new Laundromat Westinghouse washer. His family came Christmas Day and stayed over night to make a Merry Christmas for us here. Howard and Ilene are having a wonderful Christmas as their little son, Jan, is home from the hospital and with them for Christmas.
Mary: My main work is to care for the home and help him to be able to go to the Temple each day. We are both well and happy at this time. The winter of 1954-55 I pieced 12 quilts, set 6 of them together and tied one of them and gave to Parley Mitton. I am now crocheting a table cloth. This being my 76 year of age, 1955. Our children are very thoughtful and good to us. Although they all live a great distance from us.
The last year of Parley's life was at home. During this period he gradually got weaker and weaker to the point he could hardly get out of the chair. He was bedfast for about a month. He never went to the hospital but was cared for at home by Mary. Dean came as often as he could. Parley's nephew, Dr. Wilford Hale, came as needed. Ilene was able to be with him his last week. He died May 28, 1961 at the age of 84.
Mary continued to live in her home with short visits to Dean's home
in Salt Lake City and Ilene's home in Reno, Nevada for another four years.
She passed away after a short illness from pneumonia, June 23, 1965 at
age 86 and is buried beside Parley, her husband of 44 years, in the Logan
Fred & Mary Brown
Mary Dean Brown
Mary & Parley Black
Elder Parley P. Black
Mary & Fred Brown