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JESSIE PENROSE JONES
Written by her Daughter
Jessie Lucetta Jones Cornick
May 1940 and 1944
It is fitting that occasionally we
review the lives and histories of our pioneers. In their earnest
struggles in a new and forbidding land, in their fervent devotion to the
ideals of their faith, which made no sacrifice too great, in their
heartbreaking efforts to build a haven where we, their children, might
enjoy the blessing of peace and tolerance, it is possible that they
would not comprehend the magnificence of the task they were
accomplishing, or that here they were erecting a beacon light whose rays
would penetrate the far distance of the world to re-create hope in the
'glorious day of promise.' Daily incidents of their ordinary lives are
lasting testimonies of outstanding sacrifice living and breathing
evidence that they were sustained and guided by Divine power.
We take great pride in our mother,
Jessie Penrose Jones, to whom this tribute is paid. Her life typically
illustrates the love, devotion, courage, sacrifice, and achievement of
the pioneer woman. Mother was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,
England, December 10, 1858, the daughter of Charles William and Lucetta
Stratford Penrose. Her name sometimes appears in the records as Jessie
Lucetta Penrose in memory of a baby sister Lucetta who died in infancy.
That baby was named for Mother's mother. When the baby died,
Grandmother requested that one of the children carry the name Lucetta,
so mother took the name as part of her own. Mother is the third of
Grandfather Penrose is a familiar
memory to all of us. His position in this community is such recent
history as to require no detailed recitals. Grandmother Penrose is not
so well known, although, as will appear, her qualities of refinement,
her mental powers, her ability and fortitude in the face of every
hardship equaled, if they did not surpass, those of her husband.
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Grandfather Penrose joined the Church in London, England, May 16,
1850, three years after the advent of the pioneers in Utah and eight
years before mother was born. It is interesting to note that he died
May 16, 1925, seventy-five years to the day after he joined the Church.
Seventy-five years, every hour of which he lived and worked for his
church. In this seventy-five years he devoted nearly a score of them to
actual missionary work in the field, and rose from a humble member to
become one of the First Presidency of the Church under two presidents,
President Joseph F. Smith and President Heber J. Grant.
He was the only member of his parents’
family to join the Church. He entered the ministry before he was
nineteen and almost immediately after his baptism he was ordained and
Elder and sent to adjoining shires to preach and organize. He continued
this work for eleven years until his emigration to Utah in 1861.
In 1855 Grandfather married Lucetta
Stratford of Maldon, Essex, England, after he had converted the entire
Stratford Family to the Gospel. Grandmother was the last one of her
family to join. It would seem that even at that early date the dictates
of her heart were not allowed to rule her mind, but once having accepted
the truth, no earthly power or tribulation thereafter caused her to
falter in her allegiance.
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the following six years four children were born, the eldest of whom,
Charles Kimball, lived but two months, so that when the family emigrated
it consisted of Grandfather and Grandmother, Ernest, Mother and Kate.
They were accompanied by the Stratford family consisting of George and
Eliza Barwell Stratford and their children. George Stratford died en
route to Utah. Edwin settled in Ogden and founded the Stratford family
of Weber County. Julia married President William Budge and settled in
Idaho, and Anne married Oliver Robinson and settled in Farmington. The
two remaining sisters, Eliza and Emily, married Henry Rampton and Soren
Poulson, respectively, and likewise settled in Utah.
There were 620 in the company of
emigrants that left England at that time. They crossed in the steerage
of the sailing ship "Underwriter" which took thirty days to sail from
Liverpool to New York. It was a trying time. Mother was not yet three
years old and her younger sister Kate was very ill. In fact, the doctor
in England had said she would not live to reach America, so a tiny tin
coffin was made and brought with them so she would not be buried at
sea. Nothing was allowed to retard the journey to the Promised Land.
Kate, however, lived to become a much loved and useful woman and the tin
coffin was not wasted. It came in handy for many household uses. The
pioneers could not countenance waste.
It required another eleven weeks to
cross the plains. Grandfather drove his own ox team, Sam and Ned in
Captain Homer Duncan's company. On reaching Echo Canyon, they remained
behind the company while Grandmother gave birth to a little daughter.
Bertha, September 12th, and then by forced marched they overtook the
train of emigrants. That baby lived only twelve days and was buried in
Salt Lake City, a tragic tribute to the cause.
The family settled in
Farmington in a log house, which until a few years ago, stood on the
main highway at the turn to Lagoon. The house has been preserved by the
Daughters of the Pioneers and now stands back of the courthouse in
Farmington and is used as a relic hall. One of the many memories Mother
had of that home was that no one but Aunt Annie Robinson could milk the
family cow, "Firey Bess.” One day Aunt Annie was away, Mother, not
quite four years old, thought, "How foolish for a big man like Father to
be afraid of a cow. I'm not." To prove it she dragged the milk pail to
the corral. The next thing she remembered, people were bending over her
saying, "She’s coming to.” She recalled wondering what "coming to"
meant. While recovering from that accident, she had her fourth
birthday. Her brother Ernest was five the same day. He was exactly one
year older to the hour. For a little birthday present, a neighbor
brought in two pies - an unusual treat!
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Another of her memories was that the winds of Farmington were most
severe. On one occasion when Grandmother was in bed with new twin
babies Grandfather rolled up in a buffalo rug against the door to try to
keep the wind out and was blown across the room. The stovepipe caught
on fire and blew down. Then the cow (their main source of food) got
tangled in her rope and was choking so Grandfather had to go out in the
awful storm. Only by pulling himself along the fence was he able to
fight his way to the cow and save her. Later in England on a mission he
thought of that storm and his loved ones at home and was moved to write
his beautiful song, "Blow Gently Ye Wild Winds.”
Grandfather taught school and let little
Jessie go with him. He gave black-edged cards for good behavior and
gilt-edged ones for well-prepared lessons. Being only four, Jessie had
no lessons but she did receive a black-edged card. She could not see
why it was not a gilt-edged one, as she had been so good. That bothered
her for years, but she never told her father.
The family lived in Farmington for three
years, then moved to Providence, and in the fall of 1864 they moved to
Logan. Grandfather and Grandmother both taught school, and mother
In April 1865, Grandfather was called on
a mission to England. Mother was only eleven years old, but she vividly
recalled many events of that period, which was one of great hardship and
privation for the family. A new baby, Lucetta, was on the way, born
eight months after Grandfather left. Grandmother taught school to
support the family as long as her condition permitted; she also went out
sewing. They lived in a two room log cabin with a dirt roof and rented
one room to help pay expenses. Mother helped make candles, their only
light, gathered saleratus, and helped make soap.
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The children gleaned
barefooted in the fields to get wheat for bread. Then they made
fails out of willows and threshed the wheat ready for the mill.
Eventually, however, shoes were obtained for Sunday through Mother's
work caring for the shoemaker's children. But the shoemaker insisted on
making the shoes with leather wrong side out, saying they wore better
that way. How Mother longed for a pair with the smooth side out!
Mother recalled on one occasion how Grandmother wept because the
children went into ecstasies over some lard given them to spread on
their bread, not knowing the difference from butter. Mother was
responsible for the family washing, which she did standing on a box to
reach the tub. Grandmother's underwear was so heavy for her to lift
that she never forgot how to struggle with it. She also took care of
the children while Grandmother was at work.
days were fraught with peril from roaming Indians, so a dog was
obtained to protect the children. One day when a big buck came to the
house, the dog bit his hand. The next day the dog was missing but came
home in the morning with a chain around his neck. Soon after, he was
missing again but he never returned.
One day Grandmother had made two loaves
of bread and had hidden them in two different places. She told the
children to tell the Indians they had no bread. Soon after she left, a
squaw came and asked for some bread. The children said they had none.
The squaw answered. "You lie,” and went right to the hiding place of
one loaf and took it. A few minutes later another Indian came for
bread. She walked in, went straight to the other loaf, and took that,
leaving the children all day without bread.
Another time Kate was standing by the
open window and a big Indian grabbed her hand. Mother ran and, doubling
her little fist, hit the Indian as hard as she could. He laughed and
said, "Brave little Papoose" and went away. One time the children saw
an Indian approaching. Mother hastily slipped on her mother's dress and
stood on a stool with the children surrounding her. The Indian saw the
little group, laughed, and said. "Little Mama, Little Mama,” and didn't
One day Mother went out to milk the
cow. The cow stepped on her foot and wouldn't move. She had to stay
there until her mother returned from work. Grandmother picked up the ax
and hit the cow for which she was later criticized.
President Brigham Young was coming to
Logan to celebrate the 24th of July. A beautiful arch of flowers was
built across Main Street and a path was left on each side for people to
pass, because President Young was to be the first one to go under the
arch. How proud Mother was to have been chosen one of the girls to
strew flowers in the President's path and sing, "God Bless our Prophet,
Priest and King, our Leader Brigham Young.”
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Christmas Mother remembered was in Logan. Her Mother was sick in
bed prior to the birth of a new baby girl (Lucetta, born 8 months after
Grandmother left for England) and Aunt Emily Poulson from Providence was
taking care of the family. Aunt Emily was determined that the children
should have a Christmas. So after putting them to bed on the floor she
made some little 6-inch rag dolls for the girls, a paper horse for the
boy, and some molasses candy. No expensive toys were ever more
appreciated. Mother' s first memory of wallpaper was when she was sent
to visit in Providence while the house was papered. How she dreaded to
go home, expecting to see the walls covered with newspaper, the only
paper she knew about, and what a relief and joy to see beautiful paper
covered with roses on the wall!
One of the bright spots Mother
remembered was the privilege of attending the private school of Mary
Balif, a friend of her mother's for whom Grandmother did sewing. Even at
that early age, a minor incident illustrates Mother's inherent love of
fine things. Miss Balif's Mother gave a dinner to the pupils. The table
was set with all her best dishes. At one place was a beautiful thin
glass. As soon as Mother saw the glass she couldn't take her eyes off
it. The hostess noticed her interest and told the children to march
around the table to music she played. They were to stop when the music
stopped and that would be their place at the table. To Mother's great
delight, she sat at the place with the beautiful glass!
When Mother was between eight and nine
years old, Grandmother Stratford broke her arm and Mother went to
Providence to stay with her. She cared for her Grandmother until she was
able to wait on herself.
Mother was not baptized until she was
nearly eleven years old. She was too young when Grandfather left for his
mission and, so she waited until his return when he baptized her, her
sister Kate and a group of other children in the Logan River. Mother
remembered Grandfather breaking the ice, then taking her hand and wading
around in the river to find a suitable place. He wanted her to be first.
Grandfather had been called to Ogden on
business. The baby, Emma Louise, the first born since his return from
England, took very sick and died. Mother was alone with Grandmother at
this time. Although not quite eleven years old, she ran all the way to
Providence to get her Uncle Edwin.
In January 1870, Grandfather was called
to Ogden to help edit the Ogden Junction. He left the family in Logan.
After he was established, Grandmother, with just the help of the
children, moved all their possessions to Ogden. It was on that trip that
Mother saw her first train, and shortly after coming to Ogden she saw
her first piece of coal. It appeared so beautiful to her that she was
shocked when her father told her it was to burn.
Mother amused us many times telling
about her first circus. She was twelve when the circus came to Ogden
and, always being of a very venturesome nature, she decided the children
must also have a circus. So she became the bareback rider, making their
gentle ole buggy horse the victim. A rope was tied around the horse and
Mother, standing on his back, triumphantly rode around the block with
all the neighborhood children cheering in the rear.
Mother was twelve or thirteen when she
had her first picture taken. Grandfather took her to C. R. Savage in
Salt Lake. Grandmother scrubbed her face until Grandfather said it was
red as a beet and as shiny as a brass kettle. (Incidentally, the
"tragedy" of Mother's life, in her opinion, was that she had red hair
and freckles and that her name was Jessie!) While in Salt Lake that
time, Mother met many prominent Church and State officials.
Mother attended school in Ogden,
although their father, who taught them rhythm, singing, the scriptures,
and other subjects also taught the children at home. Every Sunday
afternoon they memorized a passage from the Bible. At one time Mother
memorized the whole "Sermon on the Mount" to "get ahead" of her sister
Kate, who had memorized a longer passage the week before.
At fourteen years of age, Mother
attended the Ogden Seminary under Prof. L. F. Moench and assisted with
the teaching to pay for her tuition. Adult education was started in
Ogden at this time, and Mother taught the women and girls who were
deficient in English. She also won the prize for penmanship in the E.
J. Heinz School.
Professor Moench also taught a class in
elocution and it was there that
Mother discovered her
great talent. She came to be known, and was in great demand for her
readings in both Ogden and Salt Lake. She possessed the ability to
forget herself completely and to project herself into the part she
portrayed. Her first great recitation was "The Soldier’s Reprieve.” At
the conclusion of the rendition she was astonished suddenly to find
herself in the center of the stage with tears streaming down her face.
She was the first in Utah to recite
"Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight.” On one occasion when she was going to
recite that piece in Salt Lake Theater, Grandmother, who was a gifted
designer, had made a beautiful and very becoming green silk dress for
Mother, but Mother thought "Bessie" should be dressed in white. Mother
was so very small, dainty, and thin, while her girlfriend was tall and
stout, but her girlfriend had a white dress. So Mother persuaded the
friend to change dresses with her secretly. Imagine Grandmother's
chagrin when Mother walked on to the stage in the long, sloppy,
ill-fitting white dress! But Mother was in her glory, and
consequently. "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight" was given as it never had
been given before!
In those days no lady was supposed to
walk unescorted on to stage. On one special occasion Mother was invited
to recite in the Salt Lake Theater and was very flattered when President
John Taylor requested the pleasure of escorting her to the platform.
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Another interesting event that occurred when Mother was twenty was
that Professor Hamil, a very noted elocution teacher from the East,
offered to take her with his wife, Edna Dwyer, and daughter to New York
for two years to give her lessons. She was to help him for the first
year and to keep all she made the second year. But she hated to leave
her people and Church and refused the offer.
Mother's dramatic ability stood her in
good stead with all her activities. After she moved to Salt Lake she
became President of the old 15th Ward Primary and she and her sister
Alice trained twenty children ranging in age from three to fifteen for
the play, "School," which was presented with great success throughout
the wards of the city. In fact, it was used to raise money to establish
the first free kindergarten, as well as for missionary and Sunday School
While the family lived in Ogden, Mother
taught school. Her first school was at Riverdale. (Later she taught in
other Ogden schools). She was sixteen years old, while her pupils were
from five to sixty years old. The two previous men teachers had been
run out of that school by the big boys, but Mother was so young and
small that she aroused their chivalry, and instead of opposing her, they
helped her. Mother’s being forewarned averted several practical jokes.
She always had a very strong aversion to mice. One of the boys found
out about her fear and when a little girl was absent, that boy brought a
parcel and said it was a present from the absent girl. Mother thanked
him and told him to take his seat. He said, "Aren't you going to open
it?" She answered, "After awhile." When school was started, she raised
the lid of her desk and with that protection she opened just one end of
the package. Several little dark feet were kicking. She wrapped it up,
again quickly and called the boy to her. "On second thought,” she said,
"I don't think it wise to accept gifts from the pupils. Will you give
this back to Mary and thank her for me?” He took the parcel and put it
in his packet, but sat very uncomfortably all morning. It contained
Mother went home to Ogden for weekends
and Grandmother would come for her with the buggy. One time they had
just passed a wagon in the center of the bridge over the Ogden River
when the bridge separated, leaving one carriage on each side of it!
Mother walked the ties six times while they were rebuilding the bridge.
At the age of fourteen, Mother had a
very severe fall and she suffered from the effects of it throughout her
life. On her nineteenth birthday the family moved to Salt Lake City,
her father having been called to edit the Deseret News, and Mother was
very sick at the time. While recovering from that illness, she was
called back to Ogden to help establish the first grade school of Utah.
On her return to Salt Lake she taught in the old 14th Ward. In that
school she taught many men and women who later became prominent in the
community. In later years she frequently met former pupils who
expressed gratitude for her teachings. She was a natural born teacher.
President Angus M. Cannon once remarked that he would send his children
to her no matter where she taught. Her next school was in Mill Creek
and then she was asked to Logan to take charge of a private school in
the home of Moses Thatcher. However, her health was so poor she
resigned after that school.
Mother's sister Lucille was born on
Grandfather and Grandmother's 25th wedding anniversary. It was also
Eliza R. Snow's birthday. As soon as Grandmother was able to come down
stairs, Sister Snow, Sister Helen Mar Whitney, and Sister Zina Young
came to the house to celebrate this event. Grandma Whitney, as she was
affectionately called, sang for them in the sweetest tones and
language. Afterwards, Sister Young interpreted it explaining that it
was the pure Adamic Language.
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Snow touched each one on the shoulder and gave them a blessing in
tongues and Aunt Zina interpreted it. She told Grandfather that he
would go to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel and would hold
positions in the Church he had never dreamed of.
On December 16, 1883, Mother married
William Richard Jones, born June 15, 1857, son of William Roberts and
Sarah Ann Wright Jones. They had become engaged one day while enjoying
one of Mother's favorite forms of recreations - horseback riding.
President Joseph F. Smith married them in the old Endowment House, just
before the Logan Temple was finished. Mother had her endowments August
31, 1874, when she was only sixteen years old. After Father and Mother
were married, they made their home in the old 15th Ward. Seven children
were born to them: Jessie Lucetta, William Richard, Sarah Vida, Charles
Penrose, Ernest Stratford, and Gladys Lucille. Later they were blessed
with 21 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Soon after her second child, William
Richard, was born, Mother had the feeling that she would not raise that
baby. The thought "nine months" kept going through her mind. "If only
he were past nine months!" she kept thinking. Then one day Grandpa
Jones was playing with the baby and he said. "Oh, I wish you were nine
months old.” When the baby was about eight months old, Dr. Romania B.
Pratt gave a "boiled dinner" for Sister Eliza R. Snow, who had been very
sick. Emmeline B. Wells, Zina D. Young, Lucy Bigelow Young, Mother,
Grandmother, and others were guests. Mother took her baby. After
dinner the baby slid from Mothers lap and crawled over to Sister Snow
and pulled her skirt. Aunt Em said, “Go away baby. Aunt Eliza is
sick.” Mother picked the baby up but in a few minutes he was back
again. Aunt Lucy B. said, "I believe that baby wants a blessing."
Mother picked the baby up again, but later he crawled over to Sister
Snow a third time. Sister Young said, "That baby surely wants a
blessing," and Sister Snow said, "He shall have it." She picked the
baby up, but instead of giving him a blessing for health, she dedicated
him to the Lord. Immediately Aunt Lucy B. put her hands on Mother's
head and gave her a most wonderful blessing. She promised her strength
to withstand the trial she would be called upon to bear. She also said
Mother's voice would be heard for good by thousands of people. At that
time Mother was so timid and backward she thought that prophecy could
never be fulfilled, but it was. The baby died ten days before he was
nine months old.
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The fourth child,
Charles Penrose, died at exactly
the same age - nine months all but ten days. Mother was very sick at
the time so the funeral was held at home. R. K. Thomas, father of our
former Utah Senator Elbert D. Thomas, was preaching the funeral sermon.
Mother went into a kind of trance. She was given her choice between
life and death. She saw her little girls sitting in little red chairs
on each side of the room (in reality her daughter Vida was sick in
bed). On the other side of the room, behind a chiffon curtain, were the
two boys. She wanted to go to the boys, for she was so tired. But she
thought, "The boys are all right, but the girls need me." She chose to
live. A few minutes later she opened her eyes and found that
Grandfather Penrose was administering to her. He promised that she
would get better and would have two more boys to replace the ones she
had lost. He also told her that this age was a critical time in the
lives of her boys and that when that time came again, they would hold a
prayer circle for the baby.
When her fifth child, Shirley Penrose,
was nine months all but ten days old, he was very sick. Mother was
distracted. At noon Grandfather Penrose came in. He said, "I just
stopped to tell you I haven't forgotten the day, I am on my way now to a
prayer circle on the baby's behalf. I placed his name in the Temple
this morning." Shirley Penrose recovered and lived a full life and so
did his younger brother, Ernest Stratford, the other boy Mother was
In spring of 1914, Mother, accompanied
by her youngest daughter, Gladys, visited Washington D. C. While there,
she did a great deal of research work in the Genealogical libraries in
Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. (Mother was the Genealogist for
the Penrose family organization for quite a while). Her Daughter, Sarah
Vida, and her husband, Charles Ray Bradford, were living in Washington
D. C. at that time and Vida had just had her third child, a girl,
In February 1927, Vida died, leaving an
eleven-month-old baby and six other children. This was such a shock to
Mother that it was over a year before she could regain her health.
Mother was always deeply devoted to her
church and people. Prayerful and spiritual minded, she ever sought
Divine guidance in matters of importance and was a life long source of
comfort and inspiration, especially to her family and friends. There was
never a time in all her life in sickness or health when she failed us.
Our troubles and times without number she lifted the load of sorrow or
distress from our shoulders with her wise and sympathetic love and
She was an outstanding figure in her
church and held many positions of prominence and importance. In the old
15th Ward she taught Sunday School and was president of the Primary.
While in that position she broke her ankle and for nine months she
performed her duties on crutches. She was on the Stake Primary Board
under Camilla Maeser Cobb, the first schoolteacher in Utah. In the 24th
Ward, Mother was president of the Primary, Secretary of the Relief
Society and senior class leader-in the Y. L. M. I. A. She was a member
of John A. Widtsoe's Genealogical Society of Utah. In 1915 she was a
delegate to represent that society at the Panama-Pacific International
Exposition in San Francisco. In the Salt Lake Stake Relief Society she
was a member of the Board, then second counselor, and for seven years
first counselor. After moving to Granite Stake she became Theology
class leader on the Stake Relief Society Board and served on the Board
for thirteen years until 1934. She was also a member of the Daughters
of the Pioneers of Salt Lake and a charter member of Richards Camp. She
knew personally every President of the Church except the prophet Joseph
and every General Relief Society President except Emma Smith.
Although Mother held many high positions
in the Church, the one that she always wanted was denied her, that of a
visiting teacher. In spite of never having held that office officially,
she never missed an opportunity to visit the sick and lonely. Many
people bless her for her little acts of kindness. Being sick so much
herself gave her compassion for the ills of others. She delivered many
a little delicacy to sick neighbors. On one of those missions of mercy
she fell and sprained her foot badly, but she didn't spill a drop of
soup and was able, with much pain, to deliver safely. Even her poor
health never affected her strong will and determination to do her part
In the latter part of her life, Mother
had a great many shocks. Although she was never very strong physically,
her wonderful will and power helped her to endure them. On May 18,
1941, her son Ernest died suddenly with a heart attack. Five months
later, October 23, 1941, our dear father passed away as a result of a
stroke. He lived three weeks after he was first stricken and regained
much of his usual strength, but five days before the last, he took a
sudden turn for the worse and never spoke again.
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Father's death, Mother made her home with her daughter Gladys.
Mother loved to visit and take trips. Gladys devoted a great deal of
time to driving Mother around, enabling her to visit many places she had
always wanted to see. She spent several days at the Hot Pots, went to
Park City and to Bingham Canyon. Although she made her home with
Gladys, she visited with her other children a few weeks at a time as she
felt like it.
When Mother left her home to live with
Gladys, her granddaughter Lucile Bradford and her husband, Clane Bates
Hale, bought a house and moved in with their two children. But the
bishop of Richards Ward promised her that she could leave her recommend
there. However, when bishopric was appointed, they were unaware of the
arrangement and transferred Mother's recommend. Imagine Mother's shock
when the 21st Ward Relief Society called on her to welcome her into the
ward. It broke her heart to think that Richards Ward didn't want her
any more, and she never got over it.
On March 20, 1942, during the war, word
was received that her grandson, Ernest Arthur Jones was missing in
action. He was never heard of again and the worry and anxiety were very
great for her.
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March 3, 1944,
was the date of the accident that ultimately led to Mother's death. She
fell while getting into bed and broke her right arm at the elbow. The
doctor set it without anesthetic, fearing her heart could not stand it.
The arm would not stay in place. Since the hospital was crowded, she
stayed at home but was taken from there three times by ambulance for
X-rays and resetting of the bones. At last, after a bone specialist had
been called in, the setting held. A room at the hospital became
available and she stayed there with constant and special care for a
week. In three weeks the cast was taken off. Everyone said she would
never use her arm again, but during her first meal after the cast was
removed, she simply took the spoon in her right hand and fed herself as
if nothing had happened!
Although her arm healed miraculously,
the shock was too much for her and she never fully recovered. On June 8,
1944, after being in a coma for four weeks, she died very peacefully.
Her funeral was held in the 21st Ward Chapel and she was buried in the
City Cemetery. She left three children, 20 grandchildren, 20
great-grandchildren, five sisters, two brothers, and a host of friends
who mourned her passing.
Hundreds honor and bless the name of
Jessie Penrose Jones for her good advice and loving friendships. She
typified the true pioneer woman. Inured to hardship, undaunted by
adversity, her eyes ever turned to the inspiration of the stars, unknown
to despair, turning sorrow into joy and doubt to faith, moving ever
onward, leaving in her path peace, love and happiness, truly may it be
said of her, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
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Jump to Chapters
Joined Church and Married
with few survivors family moves from England to Utah
Settled in Farmington Utah
inspiration for popular hymn written by Grandfather.
Children gleaned barefooted
First Christmas in
Discovered Her Great Talent
Mother is Invited
to go to New York City
Sister Snow spoke in
Tongues and Zina D. Young gave the Interpretation.
The Accident that Ultimately
Caused her Death
Her Vital Records
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