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 Elizabeth <I>Hanks</I> Curtis

Elizabeth Hanks Curtis

Gloucestershire, England
Death 21 Feb 1927 (aged 74)
Eden, Graham County, Arizona, USA
Burial Eden, Graham County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 16530226 · View Source
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Monday morning, February 21, 1927, Mrs. Elizabeth Hanks Curtis died at her home in Eden, death being due principally to old age.

The deceased was born in Gloucestershire, England, April 15, 1852, and at the time of her death was nearly 75 years of age. She joined the church of the Latter Day Saints when only a small girl and when about 17 years old left home and parents in England and with a company of 900 Latter Day Saints came to the United States in 1869. The company landed in New York and she pioneered her way thru to Utah, enduring many hardships for the sake of the gospel in which she believed.

While in Utah she met Moses Curtis and was married to him January 11, 1870. They lived in Utah until the year 1871, when she and her husband, with other members of the church were called to settle the little town of Brigham City, Arizona, where she did her part in building up the community. While there her son James aged 7 years, was drowned in the Little Colorado River.

In 1881, she and her husband and family, pioneered their way to Graham county and stopped in the town now known as Graham. Then later her family with others moved on down the river to a little settlement called Curtis (now Eden), and spent the remainder of her days there, raising her children through many hardships and trials. Her life was spent in service to others and she helped hundreds of other mothers living from one end of the valley to the other, in sickness of all kinds, often risking her own life in crossing the Gila river, made dangerous by high waters, for the sake of relief to others. She was a faithful worker in the church until her death.

Elizabeth Hanks was the mother of eight children, three boys who are dead, and five girls who are Mrs. Erastus Hancock of Eden, Mrs. I. James Palmer of Thatcher, Mrs. Emanuel Palmer of Miami, Mrs. D. 0. Colvin of Phoenix and Mrs. Alfred Plumb of Eden. All were at her bedside except Mrs. Colvin, as it was impossible for her to get there before the end came. The deceased also leaves 36 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held [22 Feb 1927] in the L. D. S. Church at Eden, Tuesday, with Bishop Thos. F. Fuller presiding. The speakers were Elijah Hancock, Mrs. Martha Tryon, Anthon Christensen, President Spencer Kimball and President H. L. Payne. All of the speakers spoke of the great mission the deceased had fulfilled in life and the good she had done to humanity. The musical selection by the choir included the hymn "I Need Thee Every Hour." "I Have Read of a Beautiful City," was sung by Mrs. Alice Nelson and Mrs. Lottie E. Fuller and President Payne sang as a solo "Have I Done Any Good in This World Today." The invocation was offered by Isaac Palmer.

Burial Eden Cemetery, Eden, Arizona, USA.

-Graham County Guardian Newspaper (Arizona); Friday, February 25, 1927 p. 4

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 16530226
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Hanks Curtis (15 Apr 1852–21 Feb 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16530226, citing Eden Cemetery, Eden, Graham County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by A. Newman (contributor 46632967) .