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 Nancy D'on Brey

Nancy D'on Brey

Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 26 Nov 1946 (aged 1)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 08 A 013 5
Memorial ID 126185 · View Source
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Autopsy Slated
In Death of
Woman, Baby

MURRAY—An autopsy to determine cause of death to Mrs. Minnie Ann Rachel Johnson Hines, 65, and her 14-month-old grand-daughter, Nancy D'on Brey, both of whom were found dead in a Murray tourist cabin Tuesday at 6:50 a.m. by the child's distraught mother, will he performed Wednesday morning.

Mrs. Birdie Brey, 4838 S. State, who dis-covered the bodies when she stopped into the cabin at 86 W. 48th South, told Henning Anderson, chief of Murray police, her mother had been residing in the cabin for about two weeks.

Hysterical with shock and grief, Mrs. Brey explained that her mother had been caring for the child during Mrs. Brey's working hours because she had no place else to leave the baby. She had stopped into the cabin for a
visit before leaving for work when she found the bodies.

Both of the dead were dressed in bedclothing and were lying on the same bed. The cabin was cold, the coal stove used for heating apparently having been out for several hours. Mrs. Brey rushed next door and used the telephone to notify police.

Chief Anderson and Judge W. Douglas Allen, acting coroner, said there were no signs of foul play or a struggle in evidence. Judge Allen advanced the theory that Mrs. Hines died in her sleep. She reportedly had been in ill healh for some time.

Although the police chief considered the possibility of the child's death due to asphixiation, the theory was discarded as it would have been impossible for sufficient carbon monoxide to build up in the room, unheated for several hours, he said.

A suggestion of poisoning was advanced. However, neither body showed signs of convulsion. There were some slight discolor-ations along the baby's legs, but Judge Allen was of the opinion those had been caused by folds or creases in the blanket upon which the child had been sleeping.

Mrs. Mary Mix, another daughter of the deceased woman, said she was visiting with her mother as late as 9 p.m. Monday and that she had appeared in better health and spirits than usual. The baby was sleeping peacefully, said Mrs. Mix.

The bodies were taken to Salt Lake General hospital for an autopsy Tuesday, but after a delay it was decided to postpone the autopsy until Wednesday morning.

Born in Texas
Mrs. Hines was born July 6, 1881, in San Antonio, Tex.

Surviving are three sons and two daughters, Jeff Hines, Otto, Wyo.; Mrs. Birdie Brey, Murray, and Carl and Lynn Hines and Mrs. Mary Mix, Salt Lake City.

Nancy was born Sept, 1, 1945, in Murray.

Besides her parents, she is survived by one brother and two sisters, Raymond, 5; Constance, 9, and Patricia, 7.

The Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday Morning, November 27, 1946




  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126185
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy D'on Brey (1 Sep 1945–26 Nov 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126185, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .