Mina Ethel Livesey (1880 - 1958)

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Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
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About Mina Ethel Livesey

Mina Ethel Livesey was born the 31 of May 1880 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the 5th child of John and Ellen Burnett Livesey. Her parents were both pioneers. Her mother Ellen was only 2 years old when she came with her family from St. Louis, Missouri in 1852. Mina's father, John, came to Utah from St. Louis also in 1861 when he was only 17 years old.

On the 14th of Mar 1887 Mina's father was killed while helping a neighbor rock up a well. Mina started working away from home right away, she was only seven years old. She tended babies, herded cows, weeded gardens, helped with housework and everything and anything she could do to help earn money for the family. Most of the time she would live with the family she worked for. I remember her telling me how she use to cry in her bed at night because she was to homesick. A couple of times she ran away from her job back to her mother.

On account of working away from her home, Mina didn't get much chance to go to school. I think she said she finished the third grade. She always loved to read, and in this way she educated herself. At this time many children didn't get much schooling. When she was sixteen she got a job in a dressmaking shop. At first she would go things like basting and unpicking, etc. She advanced and

learned to be a very good dressmaker. She got so she earned good wages. She always took her wages home and gave them all to her mother. Then her mother would give her back a little change for the things she had to have.

Many people who knew Mina when she was young said that she was a very beautiful young girl. Her hair was honey blonde and it was very long and luxuriant. Her skin was fair and she had high coloring. Her lashes and eyebrows were dark and she was 5 feet six inches tall. In the days she was a young lady it was fashionable to have tiny waists, so all the young ladies wore tight corsets. I remember a belt Mina use to wear fit nicely around my head. I'm sure she had

a nice figure and she was a nice looking person even in her old age.

She was courted by many young men but John Allen was persistent and he won out. They were married the 5th of June 1900 when Mina was 20 and John was 24. They were married by the Bishop of the 10th Ward Adam Spier at John's parents home at 875 East 7th South. They had a lovely reception after.

They moved into a three-room apartment that John's father had added on to his home. Later after John's father died in 1904, his mother let them have on of their bedrooms making their apartment four rooms. They lived there 12 years. They had three children, Lily Ethel, Theron Elbert, and John Lorance all within 7 1/2 years.

When Mina was first married she had a bad spell with sciatic rheumatism and after that a bad case diphtheria and these two illnesses left her with a chronic weakness in her back with caused her periodic pain and discomfort all the rest of her life.

Mina kept a clean house but never like housework. Maybe it was because she always had aches and pains or maybe it was because she would rather do other things. She was a very good cook and she always bottled lots of fruit, pickles, jams and jellies. As I mentioned before she was a good seamstress and she did a lot of sewing for other people which helped financially. She was always

cheerful and never seemed to get depressed. She was a good neighbor. She had a theory that the more you let people do for you the more they would like you. She was creative, I'm sure if she had had the opportunity she could have been an artist because she had lots of talent along that line. She wrote many poems...poems about her children, grandchildren and friends. At one time she even taught herself to play the mandolin. She loved to work in her garden and

everything seemed to grow for her. She worked in the Church and was Relief Society work director in the Emigration Ward for several years. She was also a Relief Society block teacher for many years and she did a lot of temple work in her later life. She and her husband were endowed and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1928. I was sealed to them but Theron and John weren't sealed until after their deaths. Theron endowed 18 June 1959 and sealed 23 June 1959..John endowed and sealed to parents February 21, 1975.

Mina loved her children and her grandchildren and the great grandchildren who were born before she died. Her husband died the 8th of May 1940 leaving her a widow for 18 years. She had three chances to remarry but chose not to.

After living in their first apartment, which they rented, for 12 years they moved into a new home that they built at 869 East 7th South where they lived for only about two years. Next they bought the home at 641 South 9th East which was old and very run down but through the years that John was alive they worked on it and got it in good condition. After John died Mina had 641 remodeled and made into a duplex where she continued to live until 1957 when she sold it and went to live with her daughter Lily.

Mina died 13 Sep 1958 with a Coronary occlusion the same as her husband died of, May 8, 1940. Mina's Patriarchal blessing said that she could live as long as she desired to live and it wasn't very long before she died that she said she was ready to go because she was tired of having so much pain in her back. Her death was quick at the last and I'm sure it is what she wanted.

                     Written by her daughter Lily Allen Folsom
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Mina Livesey's Timeline

1880
May 31, 1880
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
1900
June 5, 1900
Age 20
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
1908
November 9, 1908
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
1958
September 13, 1958
Age 78
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
September 16, 1958
Age 78
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah