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Emma May Cooper Burns
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1883
Bountiful
Davis County
Utah, USA
Death: May 9, 1968
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

A HISTORY OF EMMA MAY COOPER BURNS

Emma May Cooper Burns was born April 13, 1883 at Bountiful, Utah to Emma Jane Hatch and Heber Kimball Cooper. Her father crossed the plains with his family in 1862. Her mother was born west of Provo, Utah in 1858 when the saints left the valley due to the Johnston Army 'scare'. When she was seven days old her mother died and her father's mother, Millizzer Robinson Cooper, and her bachelor uncle, Orson Pratt Cooper, took her into their home to raise. This was a one-room log cabin located east of the present family home at 1050 South Main street, Bountiful. This cabin in later years was the relic hall for the Kimball Camp of D.U.P. (Daughters of Utah Pioneers) on the grounds of the Bountiful 2nd Ward Chapel. It is now on the Wilford Wood property in Val Verda, Utah.

When May was five they moved to the newly built brick home that is still standing and there she spent the reainder of her life. She was usually called May and she used the name Emma only to sign legal documents.

At the age of five May attended the mission school in Bliss Hall located at 170 West 400 South and now in use as lawyer offices. This was better equipped than the public school, her grandmother thought. Later she attended Central public school in Bountiful where Stoker school is now located. She graduated from the Salt Lake high school (West High) in 1902. She always continued to study taking extension courses, especially in literature, from U. of U. and B. Y. U.

On December 28, 1904, May married James E. Burns of Bountiful. Seven children were born to them. She taught school before and after her marriage. James Burns left for a mission to Great Britain in 1908 and she supported him by teaching in the little red brick school house where St. Olaf's Catholic church is now located. May loved to travel -- she traveled to England four months before her husband was released and toured the British Isles. She made several trips to Canada, California and the mid-west. After her husband's death she made a trip to Washington D. C. and New York City seeing all the usual tourist attractions.

May was baptised a member of the LDS Church in the mill pond of the Heber C. Kimball Grist Mill. It was just south of where the Bountiful high school is now located. She held many church positions in her life including Sunday School, M.I.A. and Relief Society on both Stake and Ward levels.

Relief Society was her first love and she held positions at various times as counselor. president and Stake class leader. She was a literature class leader for over forty-five years.

Along with her church activities came her active interest in D.U.P. She was a charter member of the Kimball Camp. Organized in 1925, she held every office in the Camp. She served three 2-year terms as captain and also served as county chaplain and parliamentarian.

She was a charter member of the Fine Arts Guild of Bountiful and was a delegate to the Women's Legislative Council of Utah for 14 years.

In 1944 she served as representative from Davis County to the Utah Legislature having been appointed by Governor Herbert B. Maw to fill the unexpired term of a deceased member. She did not run for election the next year, but did become a member of the Order of Women Legislators and served a term as president. In 1954, May was chosen as Mother of the Year to represent Davis County. The same year she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a large open house at the Ward Chapel on 14th South and 1st East in Bountiful. One of the highlights of this occasion was the attendance of her former school teacher, George A. Seaman, who had taught her in the Central School and first instilled in her a love of literature and history.

May Cooper Bums died May 9, 1968 at the age of 85. She had lived a full and active life. She never stopped learning and trying new things. She adjusted well to change. She was able to bridge the gap from early pioneer days in Davis County to modem times. She made a contribution to the community through her participation in civic, church and cultural affairs.

---Carol Burns Reed and
Florence Burns Searle, daughters
 
 
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 Parents:
  Heber Kimball Cooper (1854 - 1897)
  Emma Jane Hatch Cooper (1857 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  James Edward Burns (1880 - 1957)
 
 Children:
  Florence Burns Searle (1912 - 2003)*
  James Cooper Burns (1913 - 1980)*
  May Burns (1913 - 1914)*
  Alan Cooper Burns (1916 - 2001)*
  Grace Burns Lance (1918 - 2012)*
  June Burns Taylor (1921 - 2013)*
  Carol Burns Reed (1924 - 2009)*
 
 Siblings:
  Heber William Cooper (1879 - 1963)*
  Emma May Cooper Burns (1883 - 1968)
  Lillian Cooper Devereaux (1894 - 1988)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Bountiful Memorial Park
Bountiful
Davis County
Utah, USA
 
Maintained by: K Schvaneveldt
Originally Created by: Ray Memmott
Record added: Aug 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41046742
Emma May <i>Cooper</i> Burns
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Emma May <i>Cooper</i> Burns
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Emma May <i>Cooper</i> Burns
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- Kathy R. Schvaneveldt
 Added: Nov. 7, 2011

- Ryan D. Curtis
 Added: Mar. 8, 2011

- Ray Memmott
 Added: Aug. 23, 2009
 
 
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