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Amy Demaris Devey Kearney Smith
Original name: Amy D.d. Kearney Kearney Smith
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1876
Death: Jul. 21, 1966

Amy Demaris Devey Kearney Smith was born on November 8, 1876 to John Devey and Hannah Alice Avery Timms Devey in Alpine, Utah. Her brothers and sisters were Fanny Ann, Alfred John, Albert William, Joseph Franklin, John Jr., Hannah Alice Avery and Walter Avery. I attended school in Alpine, Utah and when I was ten years old our family moved to Provo, Utah. I continued my schooling in Provo and learned to play the piano and organ. I played the organ in the old Provo Tabernacle. Later, we moved to Lehi, Utah where dad was a mechanic for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company and mother ran the boarding house by the factory. There were about twenty rooms for the boarders and a big dining hall where we fed them. I remember getting up early and we would have the washing out on the line to dry before the men went to work."

Amy married Mike Kearney who was a mechanic at the Lehi Sugar factory factory and lived in her mother's boarding house. They had two children born in Lehi, Utah: Mike, Jr. and John then they moved to Mercur and then to Salt Lake City where Everett was born May 20, 1903. He died of pneumonia Christmas day 1903. Mike Kearney and Amy were divorced at this time. (Amy's words) I lived with Aunt Demaris in Salt Lake City while I was learning to be a draftsman. I started dressmaking after the divorce to make a living and I also taught sewing.

I met Hyrum Smith and later we were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 16, 1907. The three boys from my first marriage were sealed to Hyrum and me on that day. We came home and lived in his home by the D&RG Depot in Lehi. I have lived there since. Hyrum had a family of six children. There were two still at home, and I had my two children. Hyrum's wife and baby had died several years earlier. Hyrum and I were blessed with five children: Douglas Clifford, Amy Demaris. Roosevelt, Eulala Hannah and Juanita. Hyrum wanted to go out to West Canyon to homestead, so we built a three room house with a lean-to on it so we could live there six to eight months out of the year for three years and then the land would be ours. Our first car was an Oakland but Hyrum did not care to drive the family car, so I would drive him. When he wanted to stop or turn he would say, "Whoa!" Hyrum died April 2, 1929. After his death, I still had three children to take care of. That is when the bottom fell out of the stock market, and after the estate was settled we did not have very much left. I even had to pay $500.00 for each child to the lawyer to get guardianship over the children, out of my estate. I raised turkeys and used to make quilts and sell them. I also made quilts for my children and grandchildren. I helped with different ones when they got sick. I stayed at mother and dad's home to nurse them before they died. During World War II, I rented part of my home to a family so I could support myself."

Amy was a hard worker and she was a very good cook. She had to do a lot of cooking, because Hyrum loved to have lots of company. About two years before she died, Amy's hip gave way and broke, causing her to fall. Although she was bed-ridden, it was not long before she wanted to get up and going, and she finally did. She lived with her two daughters. Every two weeks they would take turns caring for her in their homes, until just before she died, on July 21, 1966 at the age of 89 years.
Family links: 
  John Devey (1849 - 1937)
  Hannah Alice Timms Devey (1861 - 1937)
  Hyrum Coleman Smith (1856 - 1929)*
  Michael E Kearney (1897 - 1921)*
  Jack J Kearney (1899 - 1970)*
  Evert Walter Kearney (1903 - 1903)*
  Douglas Smith (1908 - 1988)*
  Roosevelt Smith (1912 - 1993)*
  Eulala Hannah Smith Pack (1914 - 2006)*
  Juanita Smith Margetts (1917 - 2007)*
  Fannie Ann Devey Strong (1869 - 1934)*
  Alfred John Devey (1871 - 1970)*
  Albert William Devey (1873 - 1873)*
  Joseph Franklin Devey (1874 - 1954)*
  Amy Demaris Devey Kearney Smith (1876 - 1966)
  John Devey (1878 - 1942)*
  Hannah Alice Devey Skinner (1880 - 1966)**
  Walter Avery Devey (1882 - 1962)*
*Calculated relationship
Lehi City Cemetery
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 15_7_6
Maintained by: Ann Pack Reese
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 91112
Amy Demaris <i>Devey</i> Kearney Smith
Added by: Ann Pack Reese
Amy Demaris <i>Devey</i> Kearney Smith
Added by: Ann Pack Reese
Amy Demaris <i>Devey</i> Kearney Smith
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