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Fanny Abiah Draper
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Birth: Nov. 23, 1888
Death: Jun. 28, 1974

Fanny was the sixth child of Riley Newton Draper and Lena Margretta Morley. Born in Moroni, Utah, she is the great-granddaughter of William Draper, for whom the town of Draper, Utah was named.

Fanny's mother died when she was nine, and the responsibility of helping to rear her younger brother fell on her shoulders.

Fanny attended school in Moroni, and went to the old Snow Academy in Ephraim, Utah for one year. After her father remarried, she came to Salt Lake City and did housework for her room and board and to pay for her further education; she attended the old LDS High School and the University of Utah, from which she graduated in education in 1915. Following her graduation, Fanny taught school for one year in Beaver, Utah. She loved people, but found teaching not to her liking.

On September 15, 1917, with some assistance from her older brother Delbert M. Draper, who at the time was Chief Deputy Treasurer of the State of Utah, she was hired by the Utah State Land Board, where she worked until her retirement on July 1, 1964. At that time she was believed to have the longest record of continuous employment with the State of Utah, serving under seven administrations from Governor Simon Bamberger through Governor George D. Clyde. In 1960, she was chosen as State Employee of the Year, and her name is displayed on a bronze plaque of fellow honorees in the State Capitol.

Her salary record was typical of many dedicated career employees who never won financial recognition; Fanny was hired at $75.00 per month, and had been raised to $155.00 per month by December 1, 1930. Along with other state employees, she took a pay cut to $139.50 per month on Aug. 1, 1932, and at her retirement was earning $471.00 per month.

Fanny delighted in vacationing in the lands which, the other 50 weeks of the year, she kept track of. She was a member of the Wasatch Mountain Club in the 1920's and qualified as a mountain climber by scaling Mt. Raymond in Big Cottonwood Canyon. She also vacationed to the Chicago and San Francisco World's fairs. In addition, she was a member of the Altrusa Club, an international professional women's organization, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Fanny never married and resided at the Belvedere Apartments in Salt Lake City from 1941 until her death. She would often tend the children of her older brother Delbert; her niece Margaret recalled her as a very kind and sweet lady, the typical "good aunt". 
 
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 Parents:
  Riley Newton Draper (1857 - 1927)
  Lena Margretta Morley Draper (1861 - 1897)
 
 Siblings:
  Margaretta Laverna Draper Eliason (1880 - 1962)*
  Delbert Morley Draper (1884 - 1965)*
  Fanny Abiah Draper (1888 - 1974)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: West 13_34_5_E
 
Created by: ccdesan
Record added: Apr 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26167454
Fanny Abiah Draper
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Fanny Abiah Draper
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Fanny Abiah Draper
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Rest in Peace, Aunt Fanny!
- ccdesan
 Added: Oct. 3, 2009

- Steve Perry
 Added: May. 23, 2009

- LaRetta Draper Henson
 Added: Jun. 2, 2008
 
 
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