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Elizabeth Souter

  • Birth 10 Apr 1889 Lancashire, England
  • Death 19 Feb 1976 Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Plot Block 9 Lot 30
  • Memorial ID 67374502

Father: Andrew McKenzie Souter
Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Harrison Souter
Spouse: Single, never married.

Well Known Provo Lady Dies at 86

Funeral services for Elizabeth Souter, 86, of 169 S. 500 W. , Provo, who died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1976 at her home in Provo after a long illness, will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Walker Mortuary, 85 E. 300 S., Provo, with Bishop M. Wayne Snow officiating.

Miss Souter was born April 10, 1889 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, a daughter of Andrew and Sarah Elizabeth Harrison Souter.

She was a convert to the LDS Church as a young woman and went to work in the England Mission Home while it was presided over by Pres. Heber J. Grant. She later moved to Provo where she organized her life long business: Souter Sewing Machine Agency.

She had also been The Daily Herald society editor.

Miss Souter lent money to many of her countrymen in England to enable them to emigrate to the United States.

She was very active in the LDS Church and in 1923 she was called to the Northern States Mission in Wisconsin and in 1948 she served a mission to Liverpool, England.

She also served as Relief Society teacher, editor of the ward paper, and in many other positions of leadership. She served in the presidency of the Utah Stake YWMIA for 14 years and she was a charter organizer of the Provo Canyon Girls MIA Home as finance chairman.

She was an officer of the Yesharah Club, a charter member of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club, Chapter Six, and a member of the Fehano Club. She traveled extensively throughout the world, crossing the Atlantic Ocean nine times.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. William E. (Jennie) Wolgamott of San Francisco, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the United States of which two are from Provo, Jack Duckett and Mrs. Rex (Beverly) Dunford.

Friends may call at the mortuary Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Provo City Cemetery.

--Provo Daily Herald | 22 Feb 1976 | p. 4 | transcribed by Annie Duckett Hundley, 2nd great-niece | 28 Apr 2017.

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By Drusilla B. Newman
LDS Missionary Companion

"I met Elizabeth Souter 29 Sept. 1924, in Milwaukee, Wis. when she and Annie Madsen came to the depot to meet me, as a new lady missionary. Elizabeth and I were companions for 9 months in Racine, Wis. She had expressed to me her great love for her family, especially for her departed mother, how wise she was, when Elizabeth first contacted the LDS Church, and was so interested in the teachings, her mother said she would go with her to the meeting to see what this was allabout [sic]. She told of her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, what they ment [sic] to her. She showed extreme sadness from news of the death of Ethel's baby, Marjorie.

"She helped me understand the gospel plan. The preparing of talks. I depended on her so much that I felt a great loss when she was released to come home.

"We had a close association at home, many week end [sic] I visited her in Provo, when she lived with her brother Robert and Kit Souter. Where I became acquainted with their children, Robert, Irma, Kathryn [sic], James and especially Berniece, who changed her name every day to Rosie, Mary Gloria.

"Elizabeth drove a Ford Sedan in the 1930s always filled it with passengers; especially with people who had no means of transportation, some one [sic] who needed a ride or an outing. Many times she would bring a new acquaintance to my home as an outing, of course they were always welcome.

"She worked very hard in the the Sewing Machine business. She and Hattie Scott visited homes in the country towns, selling and repairing sewing machines; working late hours giving demonstrations, in Bingham, Magna, etc. Too late to drive home to Provo so would come to my home to sleep. Many times a car would stop at our back door 9-10-11 P.M. my husband would say, 'Here is Elizabeth and Hattie, get the spare bed ready.'

"Elizabeth was president of the Utah Stake MIA [Mutual Improvement Association] 14 years and was the promoter of the Girls Home in Provo Canyon. Always planning fun times for the young girls and the older girls.

"She was a wonderful story lady, kept children spell bound [sic] with Fairy Tales, and Bible stories, many of the stories were formed as they were told. My two girls, Luana and Janice, heard so many tales of Tillie and Tollie, the Christmas faries [sic], who will be on hand always spying for good and bad actions, then would fly to Santa Claus to give him the news. I just learned recently, how Luana hated Tillie and Tolly, 'cause they were such tattle tales.

"Elizabeth brought Irene Roberts' three girls to my home in the summer, Maxine, Nadean, and Coleen for vacations, then my girls have also stayed in Provo for a few days. She loved to take gifts to people to make them happy. More people than I can count have received items, a small radio, electric fry pan, or some useful gift, it was always done in her way.

"Many new acquaintances have immediately been invited to her home to dinner, as soon as they could come, and would usually be served Fish and Chips. She loved to bake brown bread, and has contributed many loves [sic] to the Relief Society bake sales.

"Since her mission to England in 1948, I know of three complete families she has sponsored and loaned money, taking them into her home until they could get settled. Elizabeth loved America, she was proud of her native land, England, but how she loved America and especially Provo, which she called the CELESTIAL. Many people have heard her say, 'One of the happiest days of my life, was the day I was made a citizen of the United States.'

"She was very active in civic affairs, belonged to several clubs, through these organizations for the past several years she has visited all the hospitals and rest homes in Provo and Orem as Mrs. Santa Claus. Took programs to them to bring joy and happiness to the homebound and shut-ins and Christmas time. She kept very active in Church activities, I know for the past nine or ten years she has written the Messenger each month for the Sixth Ward.

"I do not know of any person who had a stronger testimony of the restored gospel than Elizabeth Souter. Surely I feel she did her part to keep the two commandments Jesus Christ said were the greatest, 'Love the Lord your God, and the second is like unto it, Love your neighbor as yourself.' May we all keep the good deeds of her life as a constant memory."

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