Fanny Caroline Decker Young (1849 - 1892)

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Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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About Fanny Caroline Decker Young


"...Sister Fanny Y. Thatcher, departed this life, at her residence, 247 E. South Temple street, at 8:30 a.m. today (January 21st). Deceased was a daughter of the late President Brigham Young and Lucy Decker Young and wife of Brother George W. Thatcher. She was born in this city January 25th, 1849, and would consequently have been 43 years of age had she lived until the 25th inst. She had been ill for some time, and her friends were therefore, to some extent, prepared for the news of her departure. Sister Thatcher was a woman of surpassing gentleness. She had a heart overflowing with sympathy for her fellow creatures. Hundreds of instances of the exercise of her benevolence might be cited. These manifestations of her character were of the nature of acts that class defined by the Redeemer as genuinely charitable. They were entirely free from ostentation. One special trait of her disposition could not escape even a casual acquaintance-an entire absence of pride of affectation. The humblest person was treated by her as a brother or sister. This is no fanciful picture, but is truthfully drawn after an acquaintance with her of a quarter of a century. The whole life of the devoted was tempered with a devotional tendency, her religion being all in all to her; hence she was a loving and devoted wife, an affectionate and indulgent parent, a steadfast, unchangeable friend. Her religious faith was exhibited so long as consciousness remained. This was shown yesterday, when, in the presence of several persons who were at her bedside, she said: "There is everything in the Gospel. It enables us to overcome all things." Then, as if addressing her daughter and son-in-law, she remarked: "Lutie and Steve, attend your meetings, you do not know what you lose when you neglect them. If you attend to your duties you will find out that there is everything that is desirable in the Gospel." Then she exclaimed: "Look at that beautiful door." She raised her hand as in an act of knocking, and then said: "I am very sick. My sister has just gone through that door, and I want to go too." Her sister Talula had died a few hours previous, but she was not made acquainted with the fact. Besides her husband and many other near relatives, the deceased leaves three children and one grandchild to mourn her death..."

SOURCE: Deseret News; 30 January 1892. Retrieved from

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Fanny Young's Timeline

January 26, 1849
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
March, 1867
Age 18
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
January 20, 1892
Age 42
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA