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 Emily <I>Rufi</I> Frazier

Emily Rufi Frazier

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 15 Sep 1972 (aged 86)
Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Burial Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 146474 · View Source
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"Emily" was her mother's choice of names. The name means industrious. Could her mother have known then how Emily would emulate the meaning of her name throughout her life.

Emily joined siblings Ann, Agnes, and Jacob, as the 4th child of Jacob and Anna Margaretha Tuck Rufi. The young family lived in a small adobe home at 244 South 9th East in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was easily spotted by the Shoemaker sign that hung in front announcing Jacob's trade.

Within four years David and William arrived. Jacob and Annie were the parents of six children under the age of ten. Their home was a busy well ordered one; everyone taking turns in the vegetable garden and tending the rabbits they raised.

The children attended Webster Elementary and Bryant Junior High Schools and the family belonged to the 11th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Late in her life Emily recalled with fondness Sunday afternoon walks to the tabernacle with her mother and brothers and sisters.

Jacob gave each of his six children a small ring, but Emily lost hers. He was a very strict and extremely thrifty man. Each of his children had two pairs of shoes; a thick sturdy pair for school and daily wear, and a thin soled finer pair for Sunday best. Always neat and careful in her appearance, Emily would leave the house wearing her thick heavy shoes as expected. Later she changed into the Sunday best shoes she'd hidden beneath her coat.

From 1902-1904 Emily attended the University of Utah where she met a young man from back east named Frances Curtis. After making a date with him she tried to explain where her house was. Much to her dismay he already knew, "it was the one with the Shoemaker Sign."

To help meet her expenses while attending college she began dipping chocolates for Sweet Candy. It was a line of work she did not like doing.

The fall of 1905 found Emily in Woodruff, Utah helping her sister, Annie Rufi Frazier. Annie had married George Frazier and gave birth to her first baby, a boy she named Frances. It was during Emily's stay in Woodruff that she met and fell in love with George's brother, Frank Union Frazier. On 14 June 1906 they were married in the rock house on the Frazier family ranch by Peter McKinnon.
Their first child, Delora, was born 19 March 1907. Frank and Emily spent most of their married lives together living on the ranch. Their first son Glenn was born 27 Dec 1909. While Glenn was small Frank and Emily moved their family to Salt Lake City where they lived in a frame home at 7200 South State Street in Union. Their youngest son, Elmer, was born there 13 Aug 1913.

In about 1917 they moved their family and livestock back to Woodruff. They packed everything into a horse-drawn wagon, and walked, driving their herd of milk cows with them. It was strictly horse drawn wagons for travel then.

Emily passed away at her home on the Ranch in Woodruff, Utah 15 Sept 1972. She is buried beside her husband in the Woodruff City Cemetery.

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  • Maintained by: A.Bell
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146474
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Emily Rufi Frazier (22 Jul 1886–15 Sep 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146474, citing Woodruff Cemetery, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by A.Bell (contributor 46518784) .