How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Uncle: Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Aunt (Wife of Great-Maternal Uncle): Janevie Clegg – 175
Janevie 175 = Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Bruce Charles Rowley – 176* (Twin)
Bruce Charles 176 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Burt William Rowley – 177* (Twin)
Burt William 177 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Charrielynn Rowley – 178
Charrielynn 178 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Michael Lyn Rowley – 179
Michael Lyn 179 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Shawna Lee Rowley – 180
Shawna Lee 180 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Jana Charlene Rowley – 181
Jana Charlene 181 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal 1st Cousin 1X Removed: Beckie Ann Rowley – 182
Beckie Ann 182 + Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

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History: David William Rowley

On 2 November 1962 we had the pleasure of going to the Logan Temple with Estella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) daughter, Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) and her husband, Chad McKnight (Chad Layne McKnight), to be sealed. Their two little girls were like sweet little angels when they were sealed to their parents. Virginia was so happy that she wept.

The Salt Lake Temple was closed for quite a while so Estella and I went to many of the other temples on excursions and we enjoyed it very much.

About the first of the year Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) brought a beautiful girl home for us to meet. Her name was Gail Jensen. In about a month Hugh told us that they were getting married. I told him that he hadn’t known her very long. He said, “You should talk, you set the example by getting married in six weeks after you net!” That shut me up! They were married 9 February 1963 in Las Vegas. Their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple.

On 11 May 1963 another little boy came to bless Dwain (Dwain Eugene Judkins) and Margie’s (Marjorie Ann Rowley) home. They named him Mark Ammon and he proved to be a live wire and kept the whole family on their toes. Stella and I took care of him for a few days when he was about a year old.

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) and Jana (Janevie Clegg) were getting anxious to have children, but so far they had not been able to, so they went to Elder Harold B. Lee for a special blessing. Elder Lee had married them. Shortly after this special blessing, Jana became with child. They were so happy. It soon became apparent that they were going to have twins! As time drew closer they had x-rays taken and it was discovered that the twins were joined together on their backs, but it was just a skin joining. Jana became ill and was not feeling well so Clayton asked the father of a good friend of his, Brother Dehaun, to come over and give her a blessing. The twins were born shortly thereafter. Stella and I were allowed to see them and the sores they had. These little boys were named Bruce Charles and Bert William, and they were born 3 June 1963, My how my progeny was increasing. The twins made my 16th and 17thgrandchildren.

About this time Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) came by on their way from California to Georgia. They were anxious to meet my new wife. I could see right away that Grace and Estella like each other. It was good to see the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) and to have them back if only for a little while.

In August or September 1963 Estella’s sister Lavern (Lavern Ellen Tidwell) came up to visit and introduced her to our neighbor and landlord, we were buying the place from him, Bill Mitchell. They had both lost their mates so they decided to get married. We tried to tell Lavern that she should get to know him better. Anyway we had a wedding for them in our home on 23 November 1963. President Kennedy had been assassinated the day before. It was really nice for Stella to have her sister living just down the street.

Stella had another little granddaughter born to Archie (Archie Johnson) and Verna on 23 January 1963. They named her Janae Johnson.

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) had dated a girl named Janevie Clegg before he went on his mission and after a couple of unsuccessful engagements to some other lovely girls, he and Jana started dating again and this time it clicked! On 16 February 1962 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. This was wonderful for Clayton as he had been at loose ends and now he could settle down and establish a home and family. It had been hard on him after Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) died and I was grateful that he found a lovely girl to share his life with and make each other happy.

School was out and Don (Donald Eugene Smith), who was back from overseas, came to pick up his family. About the same time my sister Verda (Verda May Rowley) came to visit, she helped me to house clean and to paint walls and woodwork. I also made some changed of closets, doors, etc. in the old house.

I introduced Verda’s to the woman I was going with and took her along with Marie and me and Marie’s children when we went on an outing. I was seriously thinking of asking this lovely lady to marry me. I was so tired of being alone and had silently given myself a deadline of September 1 to be married again. I could see that Verda didn’t really approve of the situation of Marie having children still at home, and she thought that would cause a problem at my age.

Well the Lord moves in mysterious ways! He had someone else in mind for me as you will see.

About the 1st of July, on a Sunday, I had been impressed all day to call my cousin, Luella (Luella Jones Downard). Then as the day progressed I received the impression that she was supposed to introduce me to someone. Luella told us later that the spirit went right through her when I said this, entering the top of her head and going through to her feet. This administration of the spirit was an affirmation of what the Lord had been preparing for her. She knew exactly the person she was supposed to introduce me to. She told me her name and where she lived.

To give you an understanding of this I will have to go back a ways. Luella and Estella Tidwell (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) had been school chums when they were children and they had continued to be friends, well more than friends – they loved and admired each other.

The 1st week of February, 1962 Estella came to Salt Lake to so a week of research in the genealogical library and she stayed with Luella. They talked and Stella told Luella that even though she might be left alone sometime, she was not going to be sealed to her husband. After Stella had gone home every time Luella thought of her favorite cousin, ME, she would also think of Stella and she would see the two of us walking hand in hand. She would say to herself, “but Stella is still married!” Then she would have the same experience again.

On 5 June 1962, Luella heard that Stella’s husband (Earl Robert Johnson) had died. The impression that she would be the instrument to bring these two loved ones of hers together grew stronger than ever. As for Stella, she tells me that she had seen me in two very special dreams. The Holy Ghost told her while she was in the Temple that she would have a man of her own to bring her to the Temple.

To be continued…

Updates

Changed Donald Snader – 139 to Donald Snader – 134
Changed Dorothy Snader – 140 to Dorothy Snader – 135
Changed Jean Snader – 414 to Jean Snader – 136
Changed Judith Ann Lunt – 1644 to Judith Ann Lunt – 141
Changed William Rowley – 164 to William Douglas Rowley – 164
Changed Myron Judkins to Myron Dwain Judkins – 187

This Day In Our Family History; May 28, 2017

Fixed spelling from Jpy to Joy
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  • Ann Cole – 336
  • Niels Nelson – 147
  • Lyngby, Skåne, Sweden
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • IFALL – Idaho Falls Idaho Temple; Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 28, 2018

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  • Journal
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; May 28, 2018

Changed birth information for Nicholas Durrant and Birkley Brianna Ross to Happy Birthday!
Fixed spelling from Palpmer to Palmer

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  • Ann Cole – 336
  • Niels Nelson – 147
  • Ollie Lavern Smith – 29
  • Lucy Jane Webb – 136
  • Lyngby, Skåne, Sweden
  • Inyo County, California, United States
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • IFALL – Idaho Falls Idaho Temple; Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States
  • Happy Birthday

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 29, 2017

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  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; May 29, 2017

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  • David Peter Davis – 207
  • David William Davis – 420
  • Sarah Elizabeth Harper – 70
  • Charlotte Nott Jeremy – 421
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • Clara Rowley – 204
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Aberaman, Glamorganshire, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • PGCC – Pleasant Grove City Cemetery; Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 29, 2018

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  • Journal
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 120

This Day In Our Family History; May 29, 2018

Deleted birth information for Jacob Ray Harper, he was born May 31
Changed mother for Clara Rowley from Mary Jane Smith to Jane Paul

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  • David Peter Davis – 207
  • David William Davis – 420
  • Sarah Elizabeth Harper – 70
  • Charlotte Nott Jeremy – 421
  • Della Lunt – 21
  • Willie Padilla – 145
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • Clara Rowley – 204
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Willard Eby Snader – 133
  • Estella Cordelia Tidwell – 162
  • Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Aberaman, Glamorganshire, Wales, United Kingdom
  • TLMG – Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens; Meridian, Ada, Idaho, United States
  • New Windsor, Carroll, Maryland, United States

This Day In Our Family History; May 30, 2017

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  • Minerva Sperry – 510
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 120
  • Catskill, Greene, New York, United States
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 30, 2018

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  • Journal
  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • David Arthur Sperry – 49
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; May 30, 2018

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  • Minerva Sperry – 510
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 120
  • Catskill, Greene, New York, United States
  • Born On This Day

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 31, 2017

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  • Journal
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • 1896

This Day In Our Family History; May 31, 2017

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  • Charles Sperry – 117
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Ordinance by Proxy

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 31, 2018

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  • Journal
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133

This Day In Our Family History; May 31, 2018

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  • May 31
  • Larry Lunt Gabbitas – 151
  • Edward Lunt – 100
  • June Lillian McLachlan – 235
  • Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
  • Charles Sperry – 117
  • Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Temple Sealing to Spouse Cancelled On This Day

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; June 1, 2017

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  • Journal

This Day In Our Family History; June 1, 2017

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  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
  • Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; June 1, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; June 1, 2018

Changed Concord, Middlesex, Concord, Massachusetts, United States to Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

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  • John Campbell Doke/Doak- 373
  • Judith Ann Lunt – 141
  • Nelson Earl Lunt – 2
  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48

This Day In Our Family History; June 2, 2016

Changed marriage information for Aaron Marc Lunt and Hali Ann Fifield to Happy Anniversary

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  • Hali Ann Fifield – 106
  • Aaron Marc Lunt – 6

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  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Married On This Day
  • Sealed To Spouse On This Day

This Day In Our Family History; June 2, 2017

Changed marriage information for Aaron Marc Lunt and Hali Ann Fifield to Happy Anniversary

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  • Elizabeth Eatt – 593
  • Hali Ann Fifield – 106
  • Aaron Marc Lunt – 6
  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
  • Moroni Lunt – 106
  • Ann Phipps – 321
  • John Phipps – 592
  • John Pitt – 116
  • Sutton, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

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  • Married On This Day
  • Sealed To Spouse On This Day

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; June 2, 2018

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  • David Arthur Sperry – 49
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50

This Day In Our Family History; June 2, 2018

Changed marriage information for Aaron Marc Lunt and Hali Ann Fifield to Happy Anniversary

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  • Ann Cole – 336
  • Hali Ann Fifield – 106
  • Aaron Marc Lunt – 6
  • John Pitt – 116
  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • OCC – Orem City Cemetery; Orem, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Happy Anniversary

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  • Married On This Day
  • Sealed To Spouse On This Day

This Day In Our Family History; June 3, 2017

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  • Phebe Canton – 893
  • Benjamin Harper – 315
  • James Harper – 319
  • Elizabeth Lunt – 865
  • George William Lunt – 44
  • John Lunt – 864
  • Mary Lunt – 868
  • Rose Etta Morgan – 217
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 203
  • Dinah Sperry – 946
  • Elizabeth Venables – 316
  • John Wood – 892
  • Phebe Wood – 896
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Eccelshall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • VBC – Vine Bluff Cemetery; Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; June 3, 2018

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  • David Arthur Sperry – 49

This Day In Our Family History; June 3, 2018

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  • Phebe Canton – 893
  • Benjamin Harper – 315
  • James Harper – 319
  • George Thornton Holman – 142
  • Alegra Lunt – 220
  • Aleta Pearl Lunt – 219
  • Charles Rodger Lunt – 221
  • Elizabeth Lunt – 865
  • George Aphias Lunt – 218
  • George William Lunt – 44
  • John Lunt – 864
  • Mary Lunt – 868
  • Rose Etta Morgan – 217
  • Ann Perry – 265
  • Bruce Charles Rowley – 176
  • Burt William Rowley – 177
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 203
  • Dinah Sperry – 946
  • Elizabeth Venables – 316
  • John Wood – 892
  • Phebe Wood – 896
  • John Wright – 264
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Eccelshall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • VBC – Vine Bluff Cemetery; Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • SGEOR – Saint George Utah Temple; Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States
  • 2017
  • Happy Birthday

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  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25

History: David William Rowley

A little later in the year I had the offer to be the custodian of the Bountiful High School. I had four or five class rooms and the shops to clean. I also took care of some of the yards, mowing and irrigating, that is all the small yards and placed where the large mower couldn’t go. I was also doing carpenter work for others on the side.

Don (Donald Eugene Smith) was going overseas again, so Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and her four young children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) came to live with me and the boys (Clayton Alcorn, Hugh Alcorn and Grant Alcorn Rowley). This was sometime along the last part of the year. Having them there relieved my loneliness quite a bit and gave the boys and me someone to cook for us. The place was pretty crowded and noisy at times with children in the house again.

While Grace was there I was doing my work at the High School, and building a garage for one man, and helping on a house for another man and I guess I wasn’t getting as much sleep as I needed. I suppose I was also putting too many hours in to my work because I had a spell with palpitations of my heart. The doctor gave me medication and said I had to get more rest. During this time I also was helping to build the Bountiful 12th ward chapel. I worked here for several months. Earlier I had worked on several big jobs in the Salt Lake area.

I had become very dear and close friends with some of my Rowley cousins, including Luella Jones Downard, while Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) was living. Now I took it upon myself to get to know some of my Paul cousins (this was Dad’s mother’s line). I visited, among others, Dad’s cousin, Mabel Stott Clegg and her husband Fred Clegg. They became very close and I enjoyed their company very much.

With the help of Mary Bradley and Mabel Clegg and others I called the descendants of Nicholas Paul and Harriet May Paul together and we formed the Paul Family Society. I was voted in as President with Loren Paul as 1st counselor and James Smith as 2nd counselor with Mary Bradley as the secretary.

The association I have had with these cousins through the years, many of whom were Rowley as well as Paul descendants, has been a great joy to me and to Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) also, since we have been married.

While I am speaking of Family Organizations back in 1956. Lillian was a great help to me. I was put in as President of this one when we had the first reunion on 16 June 1956. Before this and after for several years, Lillian and I traveled hundreds of miles, I guess, visiting and friend shipping cousins from both sides of the Rowley lines. I was told by some that I could never get the together, but I did and much bad feeling and ironed out and laid aside by our meeting and remembering that we all descended from great and courageous pioneers. Pioneers that had sacrificed all to come to Zion and live in peace and worship the Lord as they knew they should and to make it possible for their descendants to do likewise. We came to know that we owed them a debt that could only be paid by doing the work for them in the Temple that would seal them as families and permit them to go on in their endeavors to become perfected and to gain eternal life. So on both the Rowley’s and the Paul’s we formed committees to do research and also Temple ordinances for our dead.

Luella Downard told Estella later that “Dave just put his arms around these cousins and loved them into coming to the reunions and then loved them some more until they thought it a pleasure to work with him in doing these things. He always went the extra mile, then added some for good measure!”

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

A few days before Lillian (Lillian Alcorn)died she had said, “I don’t think we have many friends in Bountiful.” I told her she might be surprised. At her funeral we had one of the biggest crowds I have ever seen. Relatives and friends came from Montana, California, Idaho and so many from different parts of Utah as well as Bountiful itself.

One of the hardest things we had to do was to tell Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) who was in Argentina on his mission. We were in a quandary as to what to do, how to tell him his mother had passed away. We contacted the Church Missionary Department and they suggested that we get in touch with Hugh’s Mission President and let him tell Hugh so he could be sure our missionary was not alone when he heard the news. This is what we did and after Hugh found out he called home. It was good to hear his voice and to be able to reassure him that things were going to be alright.

It didn’t seem too bad at first for so many relatives and friends had come for the service and I had so many visitors that it kept me busy. Margie (Marjorie Ann Rowley) stayed with me for a week or two with her children (David Lenn, Deon Eugene and Dwana Kay Judkins), then my brother Emerson (Emerson Adis Rowley) came from Eureka, California and stayed for a while. We slept together and talked. The neighbors and everyone was so good. They visited me often and brought meals in, etc.

It seemed for a while that things were going pretty good, but it wasn’t long before I got very lonely. I really missed Hugh. He was just about halfway through with his mission and I know that it was really hard on him to lose his mother and not be able to come home for her funeral. Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) was working long hours and Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) was going to school and working at a part time job so I never got to see much of either of my two sons living at home.

It wasn’t long until I was sent to work out at Dugway, near Tooele, Utah. I could only come home on weekends. Then it seemed like I spent all my time trying to clean up the house and fix something decent to eat. The boys were mostly gone and I did not feel like I had anything to come home for. It was a lonely time! But then I do remember that Marjorie and Dwain (Dwain Eugene Judkins) brought whole meals, already cooked, to share with us. They would stay the night and let me enjoy the children. They did this for a long time and they helped me out in every way they could.

Looking back from today (January 1977) I have some to realize that the experience of losing a loved one is a spiritual experience. After time has eased the pain and the loneliness, you find that your soul has been enlarged because of the love and help extend to you. And because you have grown closer to your Heavenly Father, you want more than ever to help others. Yes, this life is one of service to others, or it surely should be at least. Our goal should be to do as much good as we possibly can. But my, how the time does slip away and it is gone before you know it. You become old and can’t do many things you could have done when you were younger. So do what you can every day while you are young. Make good use of your time while you can. Live the gospel in its fullest. There is a day of judgment and a day of darkness when you cannot do anything. If we let that day come and we haven’t done all we could, we will be miserable instead of happy.

My life brightened up when I heard of the birth of little Kristine (Kristine Rowley), Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) and Aleene’s (Aleene Sumsion) first girl, born 29 March 1960. She has been brightening up my life ever since, whenever I have seen her and had the privilege of being around her.

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and her family had returned to the United States in December 1959 and we were hoping they would be with us for the holidays, especially Christmas but they couldn’t make it. Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) worked very hard preparing for Christmas and cooking the dinner. The Christmas gathering was at our place that year and it was lovely. Lillian’s brother Harold (Archie Harold Alcorn) and his wife Mary (Mary Gregory Askins) were with us, too.

On 2 January 1960 Lillian had baked cookies and was sewing on an apron when we decided to go into Salt Lake to see Doug (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Vonna’s (Vonna Ensign) new baby, Pamela (Pamela Rowley) who was a month old. Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) had gone out for the afternoon and Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) came with us. It was a very cold day and when we got there Doug was working on a flat tire. I stayed with him and Lillian climbed the stairs to their apartment. Pretty soon Douglas said, “Let’s go up, too.” When we got up there we found Lillian lying on the floor. We called Dr. Taylor and the fire department. They couldn’t help. The doctor said she was dead before she hit the floor. Apparently what had happened was that when she got to the top of the stairs and into the apartment she was quite pale, but didn’t seem to be in any trouble. She stepped into the bathroom and it hit her. Vonna heard a thump against the door and she called out, but after no answer she opened the door and Lillian just laid out on the floor. She had fallen against the door in a sitting position with her back against the door. As it opened, she just laid back onto the floor at Vonna’s feet.

She had seen herself lying there, thirty years before in a dream. Lillian had seen herself climbing a long flight of stairs, then she had seen herself looking down at her body and could see loved ones and others trying to revive her.

Lillian had told us that when she died she wanted to be laid beside her mother (Harriet Ann Weaver) so after her funeral on 5 January 1960 she was buried next to her mother in the little cemetery near Penrose and Thatcher, Utah, where she had lived as a child. Her resting place daces the hills she used to climb and ride horses on as a youngster.

Her death came so suddenly and with such a shock. She hadn’t seemed to be ill for a long time. Of course, she had a bad heart attack when we lived in Eureka, California, but she had rested and taken really good care of herself. She had been told that her heart was completely healed. She did get upset over things easily and I suppose this was hard on her. Lillian was a very good person, but she took things too seriously sometimes and got uptight about many things. This might have had something to do with her fatal attack.

Lillian’s funeral was in the Bountiful 3rd Ward chapel and was conducted by our Bishop Norman E. Bowen. The main speaker was Lowell Thomson from Provo who was a very dear friend of ours from Eureka, California. He gave a very fine talk and told about the family and gave some very good tributes to Lillian and the family. Bishop Bowen also gave some lovely tributes to the family and our beloved wife and mother. Bishop Arthur Sperry of the Salt Lake 4th Ward, Temple View Stake also spoke. He had some nice things to say about Lillian and the rest of our family. My niece, Opal Cutler sang, “Beyond the Sunset” and It affected me very much. I remember that song also affected Douglas very much. It was so hard on the children to lose their mother. It was especially hard on the ones who weren’t married because they didn’t have anyone to share their grief.

To be continued…