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 Estelle “Stella” <I>McHenry</I> Edwards

Estelle “Stella” McHenry Edwards

Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 1 May 1938 (aged 35)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 09 149 0
Memorial ID 127014 · View Source
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Stella was married to Tom Edwards on October 13, 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah, when she was 18 years old. They had 4 kids together, Elizabeth "Betty" June (Edwards) Ford (1921 – 2004), Thomas Leroy Edwards (1924 – 1994), James Marcus "Jack" Edwards (1926 – 1997), and Delores D. (Edwards) Hogan (1927 – 2007).

Unfortunately, Tom left Stella after their 4th child was born. The family story goes, that he threatened to leave her, after their 3rd child, if she had a child again. Can you imagine? So either before or after Delores (their 4th child) was born, he left for Los Angeles. Stella at some point divorces him.

The children were then raised by Stella and Stella's mom, Katie McHenry. That's where they all were living, in the home of Katie, when Stella was killed in an auto accident in 1938. And not just an ordinary one. The Murray police were in a high speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle when that vehicle slammed into the vehicle driven by Stella and a friend going 85 mph. She died instantly. The story goes that it was Stella's daughter Betty that had to identify her mother's corpse at the morgue. She said she only saw her mother's foot and knew it was her.

Stella's death was a huge blow to that family, on so many levels. And then, Katie dies in just 2 years, and the kids, all teenagers, are on their own. Such were the times in Utah.

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  • Maintained by: Kevin Thomas West
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127014
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Estelle “Stella” McHenry Edwards (6 Jul 1902–1 May 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127014, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Kevin Thomas West (contributor 46930153) .