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 Elizabeth <I>James</I> Ence

Elizabeth James Ence

Death 23 Aug 1926 (aged 80)
Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.18.02.02
Memorial ID 33840 · View Source
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Parents: William James and Elizabeth Thomas
Spouse: Gottlieb Ence

Obituary Richfield Reaper 9/2/1926
Elizabeth Ence, Richfield Pioneer Called By Death
Prominent Church and Community Worker Laid to Rest Thursday
Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Ence, who passed away at her home Monday after an illness of little more than a week, were held Thursday afternoon in the First ward chapel, Bishop F. M. Ogden officiating. A profusion of beautiful floral offerings carried a message of love and esteem from the many friends who gathered in the chapel as well as those who were unable to attend.
The speakers, Patriarch Jos. S. Horne, President James M. Peterson and Bishop F. M. Ogden, spoke highly of the deceased, one of Richfield's oldest residents, and offered consolation to the bereaved family. Mrs. Minnie Nebeker gave a biographical sketch of Mrs. Ence, telling of her active church work.
Musical numbers included "Sometime We'll Understand" by the ward choir with J. W. Ward as soloist; a solo "The Perfect Day" by Kenneth Hoode and a solo by Mrs. L. A. Poulson.
William Ogden offered the invocation and President John Christensen the benediction.
Interment was in the city cemetery where the grave was dedicated by George Ramsey.
Elizabeth James Ence was born October 2, 1843 at Herfordshire, England. In her early childhood she showed an interest in the Mormon religion, later was converted to the gospel, and in June 1866 left her home in company with her older brother, James James, and sailed for America, leaving behind two brothers, three sisters and her friends. On arriving she started with a company of Saints across the plains by ox team in July 1866. She endured many hardships incident to pioneer life. At one time, while crossing the plains, she and three of her girl companions started ahead of the campany. They were traveling through Wyoming, it was late in the season, a great storm arose and the weather was bitter cold. Captain Scott became alarmed at their venture, went ahead and found the girls behind a large boulder, their clothes frozen on them. The cold was so intense, they were urged to walk to camp to keep from freezing and though immediate assistance was given them, one of the girls narrowly escaped death from exposure.
The company arrived in Salt Lake City October 7, where Mrs. Ence found employment. She was married to Gottlieb Ence December 16, 1866. Their first home in Salt Lake City was a dugout, the mountain forming a part, near the warm spring. They had three children when Mr. Ence was called to Richfield at the time of the Indian trouble. They moved to Richfield in 1873 where they continued to reside and were active workers in the community.
Mrs. Ence labored as second counselor in the Relief Society for two years, was first counselor for two years and when the two wards were divided she was made president of the Relief Society in the First Ward, which position she held for eight years. She was a lover of home and her children.
Four children survive her, John and Alma Ence of our city, Mrs. Frank Womack of Salt Lake City and Geo Ence of Delta. One brother, James James of Cottonwood, twenty-three grand children and twenty-four great grandchildren also survived.
Her husband and one son, William, preceded her in death.

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  • Maintained by: Enid Jamison
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33840
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth James Ence (22 Oct 1845–23 Aug 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33840, citing Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Enid Jamison (contributor 46865433) .