100 Years of Faith

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title 100 Years of Faith
Description be nice if she could come and live there for a few months to assist her. Mary promised that in the following spring she would come and stay for The fall of 1918 came and with it the end of World War 1, but an influenza epidemic was raging throughout the country. Mary and the Ray family all became ill. but everyone recovered. March 6, 1919. Mary was planning to go to Manti as promised when she received a message from Matilda that Bertella had given birth to a son the day before, and then she had died nine hours later. Bertella had contracted the flu which turned to pneumonia causing her death. The baby (Robert) was born three weeks early. Gerald and his two little ones were living with his parents. Matilda asked Mary to come to the funeral. Mary recalls. "I got permission from the Rays to go. thinking I would be back after the funeral. When I entered the room where the baby was lying in the bassinet, it seemed as though a voice said to me. That baby needs you." At that moment I took that baby into my heart, and I loved him as if he was my very own." After the funeral Mary planned to return to Salt Lake City, thinking she would come back to Manti in April. However, Matilda's health was so poor, that she couldn't take care of the baby alone. She asked Mary to consider staying in Manti. Mary felt torn--she was needed at the Ray home, and she was needed in the Carpenter home. However, she couldn't bear to leave the new baby, and so decided to stay. Mary recalls, "Until the baby was six months old we had a difficult time, and sometimes feared he wouldn't make it. Finally, when we got the right milk that agreed with him, he started to gain and grew into a beautiful baby." After living in the Carpenter home for six months and being close to Gerald, the old spark was rekindled. Gerald asked Mary to many him and to raise his children. Mary says, "It was only natural that I should say. Yes!" Mary and Gerald were sealed in the Manti Temple on October 1. 1919. They remained sweethearts for fifty-nine years together in Manti. Three daughters and two sons blessed their home to add to the two born to Bertella. The family tree now includes thirty-one grandchildren, eighty great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. 91
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326680
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