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 Alta Melissa <I>Ercanbrack</I> Walker

Alta Melissa Ercanbrack Walker

Birth
Goshen, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 18 Aug 1962 (aged 79)
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-29-008-07
Memorial ID 86900 · View Source
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Daughter of William Thomas Ercanbrack and Ruth Ann Seabury

1m- wife of Ezra Brown Walker, married 16 May 1906 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA, they have 4 children

2m- wife of Charles E. Murri, May 1957, after Alta's being a widow for 28 years.


Alta Melissa Ercanbrack was born at Goshen, Utah, Utah, Aug 29, 1882, the ninth child in a family of fourteen children born to William Thomas and Ruth Ann Seabury Ercanbrack. Both parents were Utah Pioneers.
As a child, Alta was gifted in music. Her grandfather Ercanbrack came to live with their family in his reclining years. He was a tailor by trade and the organist of the Methodist Church. It was he who gave her the desire to become a musician.
Living on a ranch three miles out of town made it necessary for the Ercanbrack children to ride horseback into town to school. At the the age of thirteen she went to Silver City and worked ina general store that her father and older brother, Charles operated there. The family moved to Provo so that their younger children could have the advantages of higher education. Alta entered the Brigham Young Academy and studied music under Pof. Anthony Lund, graduating in 1904. While taking class in German, she met a handsome young man from Pleasant Grove, Ezra B. Walker. They fell in love but soon "B" was called on a mission tot he Northern States. She waited for her missionary and soon after his return they were married May 16 1906 in the Salt LAke temple.
During the time he was away, she took leading parts in several operas in Provo. She had beautiful soprano voice and loved to sing.
After her marriage she moved with her husband to Brigham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah where he had taken a job in the mines. It was here that their child, Melba was born in 1907. They did not like living in a mining camp so they moved to Provo to a farm owned by "B"'s Uncle James Brown. Theri second child, Laura was born in 1909.
In April of 1925 they purchased the old "Walker" farm in Lindon and moved there. Here again, she was Ward Chorister and also served on the Timpanogos Stake Releif Society Board as music director. Where-ever Alta lived, she organized choirs and singing groups and was very successful. On 1928, a son was born.
A son DeVere was only 14 mohts old when "B" passed away, leaving her a farm to manage and mortgage to pay. She tried very hard to make a go of it, but it was too much for her so she traded her interest in the farm for a home in Pleasant Grove. She then went to work at the Utah State Training School in American Fork, starting as matron, but soon advanced to music teacher. She could do wonders with the mentally retarded children. She worked there for 19 years retiring in 1951.
During the time she worked at the Utah Stake Training School, she went to the school every Sunday morning and conducted Sunday School for the children. This was not required as part of her job, but she gladly did it as a service to these children and her Heavenly Father. This service she performed continuously for 16 years.
She always sae to it that her own children had every opportunity for a musical education and, no doubt, was somewhat disappointed when none of us became professional.
After retiring from the Utah school, Dr. Ramsey, who had been at American Fork but who had gone to Nampa, Idaho, called her to come there to teach music again. She couldn't resist and taught there for 2 years. Her health failed and she had to lay down her baton at the age of 71.
Being unwilling to do nothing after so many years of activity she did temple work at St. George during the winter and lived in her home in Pleasant Grove during the summer.The third winter she was at St. George, she met Charles E, Nurri of St. Anthony, Idaho. They were both lonely so they decided to get married. They were married inMay 1957, after Alta's being a widow for 28 years.
During her later years her eye sight became poor and her beautiful voice faded. In August of 1958 she suffered a stroke, which left her partially paralized on her right side. this condition gradually became worse and in July 1962 she had more strokes from which she never recovered. She passed away at her home in Pleasant Grove Aug 18 1962, with all four of her children at her bedside. Very beautiful and impressive funeral services were held in the Pleasant Grove 5th Ward Chapel on Aug 20, 1962. She was laid to rest in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside her beloved "B".
She has been a good wife and mother, and we, her posterity, numbering four children, 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, will always cherish memory. She has worked hard both in the church and for her family, always setting us an excellent example of faith and love.

Elder Richard L. Evans in a recent article in the Improvement Era, expressed our feeling for our mother in these words:
"And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said, we cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory--she is a "Living Presence."

By Melba Walker Cluff, daughter




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  • Maintained by: SRBentz
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86900
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alta Melissa Ercanbrack Walker (28 Aug 1882–18 Aug 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86900, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .