|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1863|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 1924|
Death Called One Of Maeser's Loving Mothers. Mrs. G.F. Britt Called By Death After Brief Illness. Was Mother of 11 Children.
(From our Maeser Correspondent) Maeser is called upon to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother and early pioneer, Mrs. G. F. Britt, who died Monday morning, April 7, at the family residence after a brief illness. She was taken ill about ten days ago, having been confined to her bed only a week when the end came.
Susan Maria Merkley Britt was born October 28, 1863, at Morgan County, Utah, the daughter of Sarah Jane Sanders and Nelson Merkley Sr.
In her early life she was an active member of the LDS Sunday School. She came to this valley in the fall of 1879 at the age of 16 years. Here with her parents passed through the early pioneer days of Ashley Valley.
In 1882, she married George Finley Britt and to them were born eleven children. Mr. Britt was a government employee in the early days, consequently they moved around considerably, living in many places before settling in Maeser permanently.
Their home was a bower of beautiful flowers the entire season. It may be truly said Mrs. Britt furnished more flowers for funerals and like occasions than any other resident in the valley, her entire time being spent with her family and flowers.
Funeral services were held at the family residence, Tuesday at 3:00 o'clock, with Bishop Sylvannus Collett presiding. A very large crowd of relatives and friends were present to pay their last respects to the departed one. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.
Consoling remarks were made by Bishop Sylvanus Collett and Reverent George A. Downey, telling how Mrs. Britt's life had been filled with love and devotion for her husband and family. A quartet consisting of Mrs. Sylvanus Collett, Mrs. Fred Reynolds, Leslie Thacker and Warren Jones sang, "Rock Of Ages," and "Jesus Lover of My Soul." Mima Davis sang a special number, "Face To Face." Robert Bodily opened with prayer and Ed Bodily pronounced the benediction.
Interment was made in Rock Point Cemetery with Bishop Sylvanus Collett dedicating the grave.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Britt leaves eight children to mourn her loss; George and Keith Britt of Tacoma, Washington, who arrived too late for the funeral services; Mrs. Gladys Massey, Mrs. Marie McLean, Jennie, Lynn, Margueritte and Helen. The community wishes to extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
-Vernal Express, April 11, 1924
Nelson Merkley (1828 - 1902)
Sarah Jane Sanders Merkley (1841 - 1928)
George Finley Britt (1857 - 1946)*
Grace Britt Gerber (1890 - 1907)*
Rock Point Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 18, 2008
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