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 Mabell L. <I>Pickup Ashby</I> Smith

Mabell L. Pickup Ashby Smith

Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA
Death 23 Mar 1986 (aged 85)
Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 02 005 4
Memorial ID 54637 · View Source
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Mabell Larane Pickup was born to Sarah Edith Keeler and George Melvin Pickup. Mabelle married John Latham Ashby on December 4, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

John moved to Altonah and hired George M. Pickup to build a barn for him. George brought his daughter Mabell with him to do the cooking. Before the job was done, John and Mabel decided to get married. It was a very cold winter on December 4, 1919, but they traveled to the Salt Lake Temple to be married, and went home in a blizzard.

Mabell's mother died when she was seventeen, leaving her to care for her brothers. John and Mabel were blessed with eight children. In the summer of 1921 John was infected with Typhoid Feber and was very ill.

During the next year they lost their farm and moved into a sheep wagon on an Indian lease. They worked hard and remodeled an old house to move into by winter. They moved to Bluebell and ran the farm of Mr. Brown. the grain grew to 5 1/2 feet.

Wayne, now four, went into the field, and his father, not knowing he was there caught him in the binder and cut his right leg. He has done well with his artificial limb.

They moved to Midview and the children had to catch a bus to school and many a time they didn't make it because of poor roads. Midview and Antelope and merged together and the new name is Bridgeland.

The spring of 1935 was an extremely dry one and they asked the Forest Service if they could graze their cows in the mountains. They ate locoweed and it took John's and John Curfew's entire herd. The family moved again to Maeser onto part of the old Ashley farm. They took out a mortgage to stock it and the interest rate was so high it was hard to pay and feed the family.

By this time Edith was at school at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Geneva was at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake, and Wayne was at Weber College in Ogden. John. wanting to be closer to his children, looked for a farm in Murray.

At the age of sixty one and on their wedding anniversary John passed away. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He died of hardening of the arteries. He was proud of his grandchildren. He was a very generous person and was willing to share all that he had with anyone in need.

Mabell was a good mother to her children and helped raise her brothers. She stood by John's side through happiness and hardship. Mabell served in the Church as Relief Society President and class instructor and visiting teacher for many years. She worked in Sunday School and Primary.

On October 19, 1953 Mabell married Thomas B. Smith, the widower of Mary, John's younger sister. They married in the Salt Lake Temple for time, and served a mission in the Gulf States.

-From Lila Ashby collection

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(Special to The Tribune)

AMERICAN FORK--A Santaquin man was killed Wednesday at 6 p.m. when a south bound car struck a slag embankment on Interstate 15 near the American Fork 5th East off-ramp.

Thomas Bingham Smith, 78, 125 W. 4th South, Santaquin, died in Utah Valley Hospital in Provo of massive skull fractures. His wife, Mabell P. Ashby Smith, 69, driver of the vehicle, was reported in fair condition, with fractures and cuts.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Edwin Scoville said Mrs. Smith apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

-Salt Lake Tribune, August 13, 1970, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

1) John Latham Ashby, December 4, 1919, Salt Lake LDS Temple.

2) Thomas Bingham Smith, October 19, 1953

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