Annette Stimits was born to William Stimits and Sarah Rogers on February 23, 1871, in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was affectionately nicknamed "Annettie".
Annettie's family moved to Kansas when she was a little girl. In 1888, she moved to Clark, Colorado, where she met Fredrick Akhurst. They were married in Clark, Colorado, on September 6, 1890.
They had three children, William Edward (m. Gladys Brooks), and Anna Mae (m. Gilbert Oaks), and Florence Ann (Barth)who died in 1919.
In their first years together, Annette and her husband, Fred, were the first to start the Congregational Church in Elk River, Colorado (later known as Clark, Colorado), as well as building the majority of the church themselves. Annette was active in the church and in particular the Ladies Aid Society. She enjoyed embroidery and other handiwork.
She died on December 5, 1968, in Vernal, Utah. Her husband, Fred, preceded her in death in 1937. She was survived by her son, William, and four grandchildren: Mrs. Florence (Owen) Powell, of Vernal; Dorothy A. Dunn, of Midvale, Utah; Paul Barth of Verona, New Jersey; and Clarence H. Akhurst, of Concord, California. On December 8, 1958, she was laid to rest in Maesar Fairview Cemetery.
Funeral Services were held for Annettie Akhurst one of Vernal's oldest residents, Annettie Stimits Akhurst was 87 years old. The services were held Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Kingsbury Congregational Church. Reverend Stuart W. Olbrich conducted.
Mrs. Akhurst died Friday, December 5, 1958 at 2:15 p.m. in the Uintah Co. Hospital of causes incident to age. Burial was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery.
Mrs. Akhurst was born February 23, 1871 in Jefferson Co., Indiana, a daughter of William and Sarah Rogers Stimits and moved to WaKeeney, Kansas when just a small girl. In 1888, she moved to Clark, Colorado and in 1915 she came to Vernal where she has since resided.
While in Clark, Colorado, she met and married Frederick Akhurst on September 6, 1890. They were the parents of three children, two of whom are living. One daughter, Florence Ann Barth, died in 1919. Mr. Akhurst died February 11, 1937 in Vernal.
She was a member of the Congregational Church and active in the Ladies Aid. In her younger years, Mrs. Akhurst enjoyed embroidering and doing handiwork as a hobby.
Survivors include one son, William E. Akhurst, Vernal; one daughter, Mrs. Gilbert (Anna Mae) Mathews of Midvale, Utah; four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, also a brother George W. Stimits of Ft. Collins, Colorado.
In their younger years while residing at Elk River, Clark, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Akhurst were the first to start and did a majority of the building of the Congregational Church in that town. Mr. Akhurst was a carpenter by trade but spent a good deal of his life farming and ranching.