|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1893|
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1968|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Mae Richards Brown was born October 8, 1893, in Union, Utah to Silas Newton and Mary Goulder Richards. She was educated and completed her schooling in the schools of Union. As a young girl, she started taking piano lessons and really enjoyed it. At the age of 12, she was organist in the Primary. Her mother enjoyed her piano playing so much, that every time she went to shop in the Salt Lake stores, she would always return with a new piece of music for her to play. During some of her teenage years she did domestic work for several different families in the Midvale and Salt Lake City areas.
At age 21, she went to Woodruff to work for her sister and brother-in-law, Fanny and Ralph Ellis. This is when Mae met Mariner. After a courtship of several months, they were married April 12, 1916 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They made their first home in Woodruff. They later returned to live in Woodruff. They were the parents of six children, Helen, George, Mary, Eileen, Lawrence and Kenneth.
Mae worked in all LDS church organizations at various times. She was a counselor in the Primary, YWMIA president, couselor in the Relief Society, served a Stake Mission, Sunday School teacher and organist, Relief Society organist, choir and ward organist for many years. She was also a member of the Daughter's of Utah Pioneers.
She was a cheerful person, always willing to help others, especially with music. She accompanied hundreds of vocal solos and musical groups. She played in the town orchestra, for weddings, funerals and wherever she was needed. In 1968, she was nominated as Utah Mother of the Year, representing the community of Woodruff.
Mariner and Mae celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, April 12, 1966 in Woodruff.
Mae passed away July 25, 1968 and is buried in the Woodruff Cemetery.
*Taken from the book "The First 100 Years in Woodruff"
Silas Newton Richards (1863 - 1929)
Mary Goulder Richards (1861 - 1921)
Mariner Shelby Brown (1893 - 1985)
Helen Mae Brown Dean (1917 - 1977)*
George Mariner Brown (1919 - 1988)*
Sarah Eileen Brown Memory (1927 - 2014)*
Lawrence Richards Brown (1932 - 1993)*
Fanny Winifred Richards Ellis (1886 - 1966)*
James Earl Richards (1888 - 1974)*
Mary Alice Richards (1890 - 1891)*
Clarence Duane Richards (1892 - 1975)*
Mae Carnabelle Richards Brown (1893 - 1968)
Erma Louise Richards Cook (1897 - 1989)*
George Phillips Richards (1901 - 1951)*
Guy Goulder Richards (1907 - 1974)*
Plot: Block 4, Lot 7, Plot 1
Maintained by: A.Bell
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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