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Mary Eliza Williams Kolb
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1856
Vernal
Uintah County
Utah, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1938

She was the sixth of eight children and second daughter of Lucy Ellen (Hendricks) and Elias Willard Williams, Sr.

Vernal Express March 24, 1932 article:
"Our Pioneers": MARY E. WILLIAMS KOLB:

The only thing that could be raised at Zion at the head of the Virgin River was Broom Cane and Sorgum Cane. Families had to live on the seed of these two canes ground through a coffee mill.

After being in the Dixie Territory for several years Mr. Williams moved his family back to Salt Lake City and a little later they moved to the town of Mona.

At the age of twenty, (Note: on September 18, 1877, in Springville, Utah County, Utah), Mrs. Kolb married Benjamin F. Johnson, Jr., a widower with seven children. Their first home was Springlake Villa, where they lived for six years. In 1882 they were called to Arizona to accompany Benjamin F. Johnson, Sr. They settled in Tempe, but Mr. Johnson, Jr. who had gone to Arizona primarily for his health, did not improve and in 1884 he passed away. He left his wife with eleven children to support and four months after his death the twelfth one was born.

Mrs. Kolb endured many hardships in this strange town with so many mouths to feed. She took in washings and mended sacks for the mill in order to support the large family.

It was in Tempe that she met and married Isaac M. Kolb (Note: on January 16, 1887). In 1888 they moved back to Utah because of Mrs. Kolbs health. They lived in Mona a year and then moved on the LeBaron Ranch near Utah Lake. After living there a year they moved to Ashley Valley.

The family arrived here in the fall of 1890 and the next spring Mr. Kolb bought a ranch from Robert Bodily in the southern part of the valley where the family lived for many years.

The first winter in the valley they only had bread made from shorts and milk, with milk gravy. The first summer in the valley a storm destroyed most of their grain and crops so the winter was also very trying.

Mr. Kolb died May 31, 1908, leaving Mrs. Kolb a widow again. She was the mother of ten children, five from Mr. Johnson, her first husband and five from Mr. Kolb. Besides her own children she also raised the seven children that Mr. Johnson had at the time he married her. She has 47 grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kolb has been an active Relief Society worker as an officer and teacher for many years. She is seventy-six years of age at the present time and is enjoying good health. She does her own house work and attends many meetings. She is always optimistic and one never hears her complain about the hard times.

Vernal Express October 27, 1938:

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Kolb were held Monday at 1 o'clock p.m. at the Davis ward chapel under the direction of Bishop Alfred Simper.

A profusion of beautiful flowers graced the casket and pulpit. George A. Slaugh offered the opening prayer. "Sister, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely"; "Beautiful Home" and "Rock of Ages" were sung by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Alfred Simper, Mrs. George Southam, Charles Goodrich, John C. Buist, accompanied by Mrs. John C. Buist. A special number entitled, "Lead Me Gently home Father' was sung by Mrs. George F. Walker and daughter, Elizabeth, accompanied by Mrs. Arthur Manwaring.

The speakers were Bishop John Hair and Ernest Eaton with concluding remarks by Bishop Simper. Joseph Collier pronounced the benediction.

Interment was made in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of the Swain Funeral Home with Bishop Alfred Simper dedicating the grave. Pallbearers were the following grandsons: Rulon Bowthorpe, Angus Slaugh, George Johnson, Farron Kolb, Jewel Kolb and Charles Kendall.

Mrs. Kolb was born at Salt Lake City June 8, 1856, the daughter of Elias Willard Williams, Sr. and Lucy Hendrick.

In the year 1876, she was married to Benjamin Franklin Johnson. To their union five children were born. Mr. Johnson's death occurred in the year 1884. In 1888 she married Isaac McDonald Kolb and to them five children were born. Her husband, Isaac, preceded her in death in 30 years.

At the time Davis Ward was organized, Mrs. Kolb was chosen as one of the first Relief Society counselors and continued her church activities as long as her health would permit.

Mrs. Kolb's health has been failing for some time. On October 17, her condition became more serious and it was necessary for her to be confined to her bed for the following week. Death occurred Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Bowthorpe.

She is survived by one brother, Willard Williams of Vernal, and the following children: Mrs. Amanda Watkins of Salt Lake City; Don Kolb of Roosevelt; Mrs. Ella Slaugh, Vernal; Mrs. Lucy Kendall, Vernal; Mrs. Ida Bowthorpe, Vernal; Mrs. Jennie Watkins, Vernal; Benjamin Willard Johnson, Vernal; Charles Albion Johnson, Vernal; and Adolphus Kolb, Vernal. She also left 59 grandchildren; 84 great-grandchildren; and 4 great, great grandchildren.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Elias Willard Williams (1818 - 1905)
  Lucy Ellen Hendricks Williams (1820 - 1887)
 
 Spouses:
  Benjamin Franklin Johnson (1842 - 1884)*
  Isaac McDonald Kolb (1842 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  Amanda Kolb Watkins (1889 - 1986)*
  Jennie Kolb Watkins (1896 - 1974)*
  Adolphus F. Kolb (1898 - 1980)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sowell Remington Williams (1842 - 1842)*
  Ellen Amelia Williams York (1844 - 1870)*
  Edgar Jerome Williams (1847 - 1847)*
  Mary Eliza Williams Kolb (1856 - 1938)
  Elias Willard Williams (1858 - 1940)*
  Charles Edward Williams (1860 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
MOTHER
 
Burial:
Vernal Memorial Park
Vernal
Uintah County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Sheri (Ownbey) McNary
Record added: Oct 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31026926
Mary Eliza <i>Williams</i> Kolb
Added by: Sheri (Ownbey) McNary
 
Mary Eliza <i>Williams</i> Kolb
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Mary Eliza <i>Williams</i> Kolb
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Rest in Peace.
- Sheri (Ownbey) McNary
 Added: Jun. 19, 2010
 
 
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