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 Martha Irena <I>Curtis</I> Richardson

Martha Irena Curtis Richardson

Salem, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 17 Dec 1950 (aged 87)
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 4 Lot 3 Pos. 6
Memorial ID 85073 · View Source
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EDEN 1881-1981


While living in Brigham City, Utah, Martha got acquainted with Sullivan Calvin Richardson. They were married September 28, 1881, in the St. George Temple. Being a dedicated member of the Mormon Church, her husband chose a second wife, Amy Teresa Leavitt.

The passage of the Edmund-Tucker law forced Sullivan and his families out of the United States. They arrived at what was to be their new home on the Ascencion River (Colonia Diaz) Chihuahua, Mexico, on March 17, 1885.

To provide for the family, Sullivian did many things. Besides building rhw homes and furniture, raising the crops and trees, he raised far animals, was postmaster for the Colony and with his famiy built and managed the bakery.

They left Mexico just one year before the Exodus. He filed on a homestead in the Gila River Valley, and spent five tortuous years in effort to improve it. With the failure of the High-Line Canal, this was abandoned. A home was built in Thatcher for Irene's family and one in Eden for Teresa and her children. Later another home in Tatcher for Teresa, so that all the children could further their educations by attending Gila Academy.

In 1927, when the Arizona Temple at Mesa was dedicated the family bought lots in the block just south of it. They built their homes and prepared to spend the remaining years of their lives in Temple service.
Martha I. C. Richardson

SPRINGVILLE (Special) -- Brief graveside services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. for Mrs. Martha Irena Curtis Richardson, 87, who died Saturday in Mesa, Arizona, under the direction of the Claudin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Richardson was born Nov. 21, 1863 in Salem, Utah, a daughter of Monroe and Martha Sims Curtis. Her husband, Sullivan C. Richardson, died Feb. 10, 1940.

Survivors are five sons: Ed A. Richardson, Provo; Ralph Rlchardson, Verden, N. M.; Dr. Paul Rlchardson and Dr. Ami
Richardson, Los Angeles; Joseph Rlchardson, Mesa, Arizona.

Richardson's body will arrlve Wednesday evening from Mesa and may be viewed at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. and again Thursday prior to services.

Salt Lake Tribune
Dec. 20, 1950
transcribed by Rhonda Holton




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