Historical records matching Mary Elizabeth Barber
About Mary Elizabeth Barber
The following is a newspaper article found on the Utah Digital Newspapers website, which appeared in the Deseret News in 1899:
Sudden Death of an Estimable Woman Mrs. Mary E. Barber.
Coalville, Summit Co., Dec. 4 - on Friday last at 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Mary E. Barber, wife of Joseph Barber, of this city, a highly esteemed lady, breathed her last. Although she had been suffering ten days with an attack of pleurisy, her death was unexpected, and came as a crushing blow to her husband and children. On the morning of the day of her demise, a few hours before death came, she felt so much improved that Mr. Barber and his sons went to their usual employment on the Grass Creek coal mines nine miles distant from their home. But a few hours after their departure a messenger was dispatched to inform them that Sister Barber was dead. The immediate cause of her death was heart failure.
Sister Barber was an active member of the Relief Society, and was always ready to assist in relieving distress. When sickness afflicted her neighbors, she would go to them and aid in nursing them back to health.
The entire community shares in the sorrow of the grief stricken family, and mourns the loss of a true woman. The funeral services were held in the Stake tabernacle on Sunday. A large congregation assembled to pay respect to the memory of a worthy sister. Consoling remarks were made by Elder Alma Eldredge and J. A. Smith. The floral tributes brought by sympathetic friends and neighbors were many and beautiful.
Mrs. Barber was born Mary 21, 1855 at Fair Oak, Hampshire, England. She emigrated to Utah in the fall of 1859, locating in Sugar House ward, and a few months later, removing to Coalville, where she resided until her death, along with her parents, she shared the hardships of a hand-cart journey across the plains from Missouri westward, and has been faithful to every trust.