History: Retta Sperry

Retta Sperry was born in the covenant on 9 November 1883 in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Henry Sperry, age 33, and Caroline Webb, age 32. She was the 7th of 11 children, and the 4th of 8 daughters, born to the couple. Her older siblings were: Charles Alonzo, born 7 December 1872; Arthur David, born 30 October 1874; Emily Esther, born 27 August 1876; twin sister’s, Jeanette and Jeanevery were born 15 June 1879; and Henry Melvin, born 29 January 1881. They were also born in Nephi. Tragically, Jeanevery died when she was 8 months old on 22 February 1880. She died by accidental suffocation when sleeping in the same bed as her mother and twin sister.

Retta’s sister, Emma Della, was born when she was 2 years old on 2 April 1886 in Nephi.

On 13 May 1888, when Retta was 4 years old, his sister Lillian May was born in Nephi.

Eva Pearl, Retta’s sister, was born when she was 7 years old, on 29 June 1891 in Nephi.

When Retta was 10 years old, she was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 1 August 1894.

Retta’s youngest sibling, a sister, was born when she was 10 years old. Her name was Ruth and she was born in Nephi on 15 August 1894.

When Retta was 27 years old, she married William Earl Watson in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. William Earl was 26 years old at the time.

Charles Alonzo died at the age of 39 on 1 May 1912 in Salt Lake City. Retta was 28 years old when her brother died.

On 17 June 1913, when Retta was 29 years old, her son Charles Earl was born in Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

When Retta was 31 years old, her father died at the age of 64 in Salina, Sevier, Utah, United States on 10 February 1915. 

On 22 June 1934, when Retta was 50 years old, she completed her initiatory and endowment ordinances for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. 

To Be Continued…

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