Monday, December 8, 2008

Obituary notices are a good source of family history.

I was looking at this photo of my great grandmother Sarah Amy JONES HAWKES and her sisters.
Eva JONES LILLYWHILE is my brother in laws grandmother. Which makes my children and their first cousins also third cousins once remove. I don't know much about the other sisters so I Googled Clara JONES and her husband John Pearson SMITH. I found Obituary notices for two of Clara's children and the names of four more. I found them interesting and I enjoyed reading about cousins I had not known about.

Grand children of Cyrus Joseph JONES and Sarah WORLEY. My great grandmother's niece and nephew. And my daughter CR's first cousins 3 times removed.

Surnames: Hansen, Smith, Jones
Classification: Obituary

Idaho State Journal, 03/19/02

MINK CREEK — Ivy Lillian Smith Hansen, 96, died Monday, March 18, 2002, in the Franklin County Nursing Home in Preston, Idaho. She was born Nov. 14, 1906, in Logan, Utah, the daughter of John Pearson and Clara Jones Smith.

She married Elias Lee Hansen Oct. 29, 1960, in Winnemucca, Nevada. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan, Utah temple. He died in 1982.

She was a county home extension agent in Idaho Falls and Franklin County. She was a temple officiator in the Logan temple for many years. She enjoyed quilting and hand work, and kept a nice yard and garden. Ivy will be remembered by many as their Primary teacher.

She is survived by a brother, John Pearson Smith, Oceanside, California; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews; one stepson and two stepdaughters. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Claire Ward, Kate Tanner, and two brothers, Stratford Jones Smith and Richard Jones Smith.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, 2002, in the Mink Creek Ward Chapel at noon, with Bishop James Harrison conducting. Friends may call at the ward chapel Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mink Creek Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home.

John Pearson Smith
November 15th, 1910 - October 9th, 2008
Oceanside, CA: John Pearson Smith, 97, passed away on October 9, 2008 in Oceanside, California. John Pearson Smith was born to John Pearson Smith and Clara Jones Smith on November 15, 1910 in Logan, Utah in his grandmother’s home that is now known as The Cottage. He learned the printing trade very young and worked in his grandfather’s print shop, John P. Smith and Sons. John started playing the trombone at 10 years old. He played in the Logan City Municipal Band and school bands before attending Utah State. During that time he played at the Pantages Theater and for silent movies. He soon moved to Hollywood and played for the 20th Century Fox band and appeared in the movie, Alexander’s Ragtime Band. When he married and had children, he returned to the printing trade. He and his wife Thelma owned a print shop in Los Angeles. He was an avid genealogist, gardener and golfer. He also returned to music thirty years ago and was in three bands until he turned 95. He is survived by his wife Thelma and four children, Jay, Sue, Steve and Judy, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Kaye. His family has always enjoyed his music, loved his stories and appreciated the example he set of working hard. He always did things the right way, not the easy way. He always finished what he started, and when it came to being a father, he had more patience than his children thought was humanly possible. He always had a positive attitude and, at times, it seemed that he was so busy he kind of forgot to get old or slow down. He will be remembered for his legacy of seeking knowledge, his kindness, his dignity and his strong testimony of the gospel. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the Logan City Cemetery. A viewing will be held prior to services beginning at 10:00 AM at the Allen-Hall Mortuary.

1 comment:

Lark said...

These are first cousins to Amy Ella HAWKES SMITH.