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 Mabel Merrill <I>Rushforth</I> Green

Mabel Merrill Rushforth Green

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 20 Nov 1970 (aged 85)
Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 8-11-C-8
Memorial ID 121843 · View Source
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Daughter of James Burton Rushforth and Pheobe Merrill

Married Reuben Alvin Green, 19 April 1911, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - John Rushforth Green, Marlin R Green, Burton R. Green, Elmer Rushforth Green, Maxine Green

Mabel Merrill Rushforth was born 7 February 1885 to James Burton and Phoebe Rushforth. She was the first child born to this couple. She was born at her grandmother Merrill's home in Salt Lake City. All the remaining 8 children were born at the Merrill family farm in Kaysville.

Mabel was raised on the family farm. She loved her parents very much and was always respectful. Mabel also loved her sisters and brothers. Mabel was staying with the Holland family helping care for their children. Another young girl Margaret Green was living at the Hollands and teaching school in West Kaysville. On the weekends her brother Reuben Green would come get his sister Margaret and drive her home in the horse and buggy. Mabel Rushforth opened the door one afternoon to a young man in a furry coat and cap, thus began the courtship of Reuben Alvin Green and Mabel Merrill Rushforth.

Mabel later worked in the Stewart-Burton store in Kaysville, clerking and each Saturday night Reuben would go with his horse and buggy and wait for Mabel to finish her work so he could escort her home safely. Their courtship lasted for a period of five years. One of the highlights of their courtship was attending a carnival in Layton where Reuben won a buggy, which he sold to one of his brothers.

Reuben and Mabel were married 19th April 1911, at the age of 26 yrs in the Salt Lake Temple. They went to Salt Lake City on April 18th, 1911, where they stayed with Mabel's aunt Ruby Merrill Ostler that night and the morning of April 19th, 1911, they walked from Fourth North and Second West to the Temple where they were sealed for time and all eternity.

After their marriage, they returned to Layton to live in the old Green family farm. Reuben's father had died in 1908. Reuben lived on the farm and took care of the farm and animals with his mother. Reuben's mother lived with them for a period of 14 years. To this union five children were born. John R Green was born 20 October 1912 and was very sick. He only lived 4 days. Their second son was born 23 September 1913. Marlin R was a very healthy happy baby and brought much joy to this young family. Burton R Green was born 27 May 1915. Mabel now had two young boys to tend and also do the necessary farm chores. Mabel had to feed the chickens and fetch the eggs each day. Elmer R Green was born 4 January 1917 and his sister Maxine followed on 29 March 1920. The family was now complete and the boys quickly learned to help their father, do their farm chores, and tend the animals. When Maxine was about 5 years old, her grandmother Davinia Green who had lived with this family for 14 years, died on the farm.

Mabel was active in church activities and was Primary president for many years. She loved being a mother and caring for her kids. She loved getting to be a grandmother. Her grandkids loved her dearly. The grandkids knew that when they entered the family farm….first thing they did was greet their grandmother with a big hug. No getting around that one. Grandmother Green was a great cook. She had an electric stove and a wood stove. She loved her wood stove the best. She always said couldn't regulate the heat in her electric stove. She made the best meat, potatoes, and brown gravy ever. Seemed we could never get enough.

She loved to make us home made ice cream. She would prepare the mixture and then put it in the ice cream maker, along with the ice on the outside of mixer. Marlin, Burt, and the grandkids would take turns …turning the handle until the ice cream was just right. We would wait with anticipation. One time….as the ice cream was taken out of ice cream maker….we all got our bowls of ice cream and with each of our first bites….groaned. Grandma had make a mistake. Instead of adding vanilla she had grabbed the dark bottle that looked just like the vanilla bottle but was a bottle of ‘horse liniment' and used it in the ice cream by mistake. The ice cream was horrible.

One of her specialties was oatmeal cereal...cooked just right...and eated with a delicious smooth cream (slightly thinned)instead of milk.

One summer about 1962, I (Karen Green) got to spend the summer with my grandmother at the Layton farm. Her son Burt had a terrible farming accident and got his hand cut off by the hay bailer. Mabel just had too much to deal with. Reuben was now in full disability with dementia. Burt was spending the first few weeks in his bed. The doctors had sewed his partial hand to his stomach so the blood could circulate through his stump of a hand and heal properly. Mabel needed help. So I took the bus down to Layton, Utah from Lewistown, Montana. I helped Burt with everything. Those experiences are a story in itself. I had to feed animals, hold a horse's foot while he tried to fix a horse shoe and believe me I was terrified. Burt and I would turn water on into fields at midnight, drive him wherever. One time he asked me to cut his toe nails. I said sure…wasn't a problem. I got the clippers and began to cut the toe nails. His toe nails were so thick I couldn't cut them. Of course…..Burt promptly replied….then "just suck them". Yep sick….I left room to his loud laughter. We would spend 12 hours a day together doing chores that took me three times as long. I had my turns at caring for Grandpa Reuben and very seldom did Grandma ever ask for help for herself. I will never forget that day in August when Grandmother took me to bus station for the trip back home. She hugged me and hugged me. Then she said….."I wish I had a hundred dollars to give you". She didn't realize she had done just that……. A hundred times in thought. I dearly loved my grandma. I knew I was her favorite but then every grandchild should feel the same way about their grandmother.

Grandma Green had a root cellar under the house. She would never let us go down the stairs to see what was down there. She kept her fruit jars and food storage down there. Mabel died on 20th November 1970 in hospital in Ogden, Utah. The funeral was four days later. Of course I went to funeral. Later that afternoon, I walked out to back porch and opened the door to cellar. I walked down three stairs and then stopped. I just couldn't go down to the dark cellar. Out of respect and love for my grandmother I couldn't go down those dark stairs.

Mabel Green was a kind dear person. She dearly loved her husband and was always respectful of him. She loved her children and the joy they brought into her life. She was always so loving and patient with her grandkids. She taught us many things….but especially how to be a loving grandparent. At the time of Mabel's death she left 4 living children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, brothers and sisters and many friends. She was such a loving person. Always showed great love for all of her grandchildren. We always looked forward to our visits (which were too few).

Written by Karen Green Bennett - 2014

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  • Maintained by: Karen Bennett
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 121843
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel Merrill Rushforth Green (7 Feb 1885–20 Nov 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 121843, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Karen Bennett (contributor 47068078) .