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Leah Eudora Dunford Widtsoe
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Birth: Feb. 24, 1874
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 1965
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Daughter of Alma Bailey Dunford & Susan Amelia Young

Married John Andreas Widstoe, 1 Jun 1898, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Anna Gaarden Widtsoe, John Andreas Widtsoe, Mark Adriel Widtsoe, Leah Eudora Widtsoe, Helen Widtsoe, Mary Widtsoe, Karl Marcelius Widtsoe

History - Leah graduated as valedictorian, receiving a teaching certificate, from the University of Utah in 1896. She studied domestic science and domestic arts at the Pratt Institute for one year and received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1899. During 1897-1898 she taught home economics at the Brigham Young Academy. She received an honorary doctor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1960.

In 1913, Leah conducted the first home institute for women in Utah. When her husband was director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station she traveled throughout the state with him, teaching homemakers about kitchen planning and home management. She published a bulletin on labor-saving devices.

In John Widtsoe's autobiography, In a Sunlit Land, he related that Leah played string instruments, the piano, and sang. She had a "native wit" and "shyness was not in her nature." She was an "excellent speaker." Leah was interested in the study of nutrition and "became virtually a propagandist for better nutrition."

With her husband, Leah was the author of The Word of Wisdom: A Modern Interpretation, 1937. She was also the author of How to Be Well: a Handbook on Health with recipes and menus. She wrote a book about her grandfather, Brigham Young the Man of the Hour, and collaborated with her mother, Susa Young Gates on The Life Story of Brigham Young. Leah was a popular speaker on health and nutrition, giving a lecture a few months before her death at age 91.

While her husband was president of USU, Leah oversaw the remodeling of the kitchen to make it more efficient. Their third child was born in an upstairs bedroom. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  John Andreas Widtsoe (1872 - 1952)*
 
 Children:
  Anna Gaarden Widtsoe Wallace (1899 - 1990)*
  John Andreas Widtsoe (1901 - 1902)*
  Karl Marselius Widtsoe (1902 - 1927)*
  Mark Adriel Widtsoe (1904 - 1906)*
  Helen Widtsoe (1907 - 1907)*
  Mary Widtsoe (1909 - 1909)*
  Leah Eudora Widtsoe Durham (1912 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: PARK_33_2_2_E
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Jan 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24029285
Leah Eudora <i>Dunford</i> Widtsoe
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Leah Eudora <i>Dunford</i> Widtsoe
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- Ethel Duggar
 Added: Jul. 9, 2010

- SRBentz
 Added: Feb. 5, 2010
Rest in peace.
- Linda Crawford
 Added: Feb. 7, 2008
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