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Sarah Cornia (Reed)

Birthplace: Bountiful, UT, United States
Death: July 04, 1939 (69)
Woodruff, UT, United States
Place of Burial: Woodruff, UT, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Tindall Reed and Sarah H Reed
Wife of Peter Carlos Cornia, Sr.
Mother of Louis Doyle Cornia; Ruth Cornia and Reed Cornia

Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Sarah Cornia

Sarah Hannah Reed Cornia was born November 27, 1869 at Bountiful, Utah, to William Tindall and Sarah H. Jones Reed. She being the eldest in a family of six. When she was about two years old she came to Woodruff with her family who were among the first settlers here.

She received her early school in Woodruff, then went to the University of Deseret in Salt Lake City, Utah. She then came back to Woodruff to teach school. This didn't seem to be what she wanted, so she went to Salt Lake and took a course in midwifery, under Dr. Shipp. She graduated September 28, 1894. She passed the State examination and was licensed to practice obstetrics on October 1, 1894. From then hers was a life of service to God and her fellowman. She was Doctor, Nurse and Comforter, sometimes staying at the home for several days. She was always at the Bishop's side in caring for the dead, laying them out and dressing them for burial.

Her good husband, Peter, supported her going with her when the weather was bad and she had distances to go alone. He also looked after their own family, and saw that her horse and buggy was safe and ready, for she wnet whenever she was needed day or night. She took care of people from Randolph, Argyle, Otter Creek, Wasatch and Woodruff, delivered babies and caring for the sick. She delivered three generations of babies.

She was health officer and State Registrar, registering the births and deaths until the time of her death. She was active many years in the school board starting in 1900 then intermittently until December 1926. She was treasurer for the town board when it was incorporated. She was loved and honored by everyone; people always spoke of her as Sister Cornia, showing her all the respect they could. They always took her advice. She was a great lover of nature, having lived on the river during her childhood. She saw many Indians, watched the wild aimals, and learned how to fish which she did through the remainder of her life. She went fishing the opening day in June and died on the Fourth of July. School children loved her. She lived next to the schoolhouse, and some of the children were always coming in for a drink of water or with an injury. She was always so kind and had such soft hands, you would feel better by her touching you. She knit mittens for every child in Woodruff.

Peter and Sarah had four children, Edwin Reed, born February 16, 1897, married Ellen Berry June 27, 1935. They have one daughter, Betty Ellen. Louis Doyle, born November 19, 1900; Ruth, born January 23, 1906; and Reed, born July 7, 1908. He married Edna Longhurst June 23, 1937. They were sealed in the Salt Lake temple June 23, 1955. Reed is in the bishopric with Ralph H. Eastman as bishop and Vernon Stuart Hopkin.

Her parents spent their last years in Peter and Sarah's home at Woodruff. Sarah passed away July 4, 1939 at Woodruff. Peter passed away, April 23, 1940. Both were buried in the Woodruff Cemetery. (Taken from the book, "The First One Hundred Years of Woodruff" pages 169-171.

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Sarah Cornia's Timeline

November 22, 1869
Bountiful, UT, United States
November 19, 1900
Age 30
January 23, 1906
Age 36
July 7, 1908
Age 38
Woodruff, UT, United States
July 4, 1939
Age 69
Woodruff, UT, United States
Woodruff, UT, United States