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 Pearl Melissa <I>Brown</I> Blackburn

Pearl Melissa Brown Blackburn

Colonia Diez de Mayo, Meoqui Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
Death 26 Jan 1998 (aged 103)
Clearfield, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Uintah, Weber County, Utah, USA
Plot 3-55-E9
Memorial ID 61457 · View Source
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Parents of Pearl Melissa Brown Blackburn were George Mortimer Brown (father) and Pearl Melissa Wilson Brown Haymore. Her father died died in Colonia Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico when she was about 4 months old (July 1894). In 1897 her mother married Franklin Demarcus Haymore, who adopted her into his large family.

Her early years were spent in Colonia Oaxaca, Sonora, Mexico. When the Haymore family, along with other families in the Mormon colonies in Mexico, were forced to leave Mexico due to the revolution there, they moved to Douglas, Arizona, in 1912.

About 1917 she married Joseph Dyle Lillywhite. They had four children: Leonard, Pearl Lenore, Melissa Mae and Rosemarie.

On 29 April 1947 she married William Jasper Blackburn.

She died on 26 Jan 1998 at the age of 103 years old.


I was born in Colonia Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico, March 15, 1894. My parents were George Mortimer Brown and Pearl Melissa Wilson. My father died when I was four months old. He was born in Nauvoo, Illinois and was blessed by the Prophet Joseph Smith. He drove an ox team across the plains when he was 10 years old along with his parents George Brown and Elizabeth Mills, who had joined the church in England and immigrated to America and gone to Nauvoo to join the Saints there.

My mother came from a large wonderfully kind and loving family. Her parents were David Johnson Wilson and Julia Didama Johnson Wilson. There were nine girls and two boys. They had a happy home and sang together a great deal. They could carry all the parts and the girls played the organ and the boys the guitar. Most of them lived to be very old and they still sing and paint pictures. I was their pet as I was the only baby when we lived in Diaz and have such fond memories of them and our life when I was a child and all through my life they have been a strength and comfort to me.

My grandfather moved to Colonia Oaxaca, Sonora, Mexico when I was four years old and my mother sold her place and moved with them. My story of my life is told in "As I Remember" that I wrote for Leah Kartchner.

I attended school at the Academy in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and went one year to B. Y. U. I worked in homes for my board and room to go to school, and found it a very hard way to get an education, as time was not given me to study at home. I had nurses training and worked at that in hospitals.

I married Joseph Dyle Lillywhite and had five children, four of whom are living and love the gospel. I married secondly William Jasper Blackburn, who was a very good, kind man and we had 20 happy years together. We were married and sealed in the Arizona Temple.

My blessing says that my life has been spared for a purpose and I can surely see that the Lord has watched over me and spared my life. One time a wall fell on me. I had a horse accident where a saddle turned on a very steep bank up from a raging, flooding river. The horse turned and plunged right back into the river that we had just crossed where the horses had to swim all the way. I fell free of the stirrups in the edge of the stream. Another time a car backed over a high cliff just two weeks before my baby was born and I was not hurt and neither were my children. The miracle of it was that the car had two gas tanks, one under the seat and one on the outside of the rear which didn't have any gas in it. This rear tank was rammed through with a steel bar or drill used in mining of solid rock. The bar was so solid in the ledge that it did not give, and the car tank was ripped almost all the way open, but it held the car from turning from its side where it landed, over on top of us. It was a canvas top so everyone said the steel bar saved our lives. My children were not hurt but my husband was injured. My back was broken when I was a child and the spine grew crooked and curved to the left and there are only broken vertebrae supporting my back which caused trouble all my life. No one knows how it was done but it is a marvel that I lived and raised a family. These are just some of the things that happened, and my life has been spared.

I filled a stake mission and worked in different offices in the wards. I am not 75 years of age and as Relief Society Magazine Representative and a Visiting Teacher (1968-69).

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  • Maintained by: Ron Haymore
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61457
  • Thomas Holtey
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pearl Melissa Brown Blackburn (15 Mar 1894–26 Jan 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61457, citing Uintah Cemetery, Uintah, Weber County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ron Haymore (contributor 47735063) .