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 Amee Walker

Amee Walker

Birth
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 4 Jun 1938 (aged 47)
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-29-008-04
Memorial ID 86966 · View Source
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Daughter of Ezra Foutz Walker and Annie Swensen


In the year of 1890 a new ward was formed known as the Pleasant Grove Second Ward. this was south of Pleasant Grove and was later known as Lindon Ward.
Ezra Foutz Walker and Annie Swenson Walker lived in this new ward. Their farm was next to the foothills and a mile east of the highway.
That same fall Nov. 3 their first child was born to them, a girl. They named her Amee. It was to be the French spelling "Amie" but because of a present from her Uncle Swen with her name engraved on it spelled "Amee" they just decided that was good enough.
Amee and her mother was very close from the start. She seemed to trust her loving care and lie contentedly on a pillow in the wide windowsill of their soft rock home, and amuse herself by looking out of the windows at the lights and shadows, or her hazel eyes would follow her mother as she did her daily work.
Later she played with her older brother, Ezra B. He belonges to her father by a former marriage. Her mother accpeted him as one of her own.
After Harold and Paul were born and were big enough to play they rode the donkey and got piled off in the ditch. Their faithful dog, Bounce, however, came to their rescue and pulled them out of the ditch, or ran barking to the house so someone would follow him and rescue the children.
After nine years of grade school (becasue of a beginner's grade before first grade) she went to the Pleasant Grove High School. She lived with Aunt Elizabeth, Mother's sister, who taught school there. They had jolly times. Amee's friends would gather around the organ and sing. Afterwards there would be something to eat.
Amee was concientiou in all the things that she did so she was a good student. She graduated from the the first graduating class from Pleasant Grove High School in 1909.
The following year she attended the BYU. She and Aaunt Georgeana, her mother's youngest sister, lived together. That was a trying year because she had never been away from home before and homesickness can be very painful.
On eyear of college was enough to get a normal certificate to teach so Amee taught First Grade in Lindon School the foloowing two years. She had such a large class that they enlisted a highschool girl as her assistance. Eliza Johnson came to help her teach.
The fall of 1912 found her preparing to go on a mission to the Northwestern States. She was the first girl to go from the Lindon Ward. In September of that year she arrived in Portland. Much of the time of her mission was spent in Portland and Spokane. Her mission was joyous because it was a time of progression for Amee, and those she labored with. To see lives change with the gospel is an inspiration to those who strive to accomplish this. Her acquaintances there were later to be her life long friends.
She had worked in the Church organizations before going ona mission, but after returning, she was better prepared. She was called to work in the Stake in MIA and when the Beehive worl was introduced into the Church, Amee went from ward to ward inthe Alpine Stake and introduced and orgainzed the girls in their Beehive groups, then helped them get the work started.
She taught Sunday School and Mutual in the wards she lived in. She taught Sunday School in Lindon and Pleasant Grove. She taught Mutual in Lindon, Pleasant Grove, and the Unversity Ward in Salt Lake City, UTah.
Amee had a desire to see the world. Maybe the main reason for it was in traveling and seeing places it satisified her thirst for knowledge, becasue she always used her knowledge of other cities and countries to help in her teaching career.
Becasue of the illness of her mother, she stayed home and taught in Pleasant Grove and Lindon schools; although she longed to go to bigger places where she could do some of the things she wanted to, like attend operas and concerts or be near the University where she could take extra classes.
Her devocation to her mother and afmily made her stay, but after her mother's death in 1920, she went to Lehi to teach teh fourth grade. It was within the same district but a change.
That summer she and Aunt Eliza with two other girls went to New York to attend the Coloumbia University. They had to make every mintue count so they did sight-seeing both going and coming. Besides getting their credit, they saw New York City. One summer they went to Berkeley to summer school, another new expereince.
The summer of 1926 they went to Europe. they visited England, France, Germnay, Italy, Spain, Holland, and Switerzland. There they visited the art galleries of France. They bought pictures to take home. They rode on gondolias in Venice and saw the wealth of the Catholic churches in Rome. the bought linen in Ireland. they saw the leanign tower of Pisa and all the other things of intreset including the sunset on blue Lake Lucerne. Or course there were new dresses from Paris and many other souvenirs.
Eliza was ill in 1930. Amee only went to the Grand Canyon with Paul and his family because she felt she needed the rest. There was really nothing to do but sit by the bedside and look. That Septemeber Eliza died.
It was hard parting with Eliza but she had to make the adjustment. She tried living with other girls. She didn't like that so she tried boarding in a private home. She finally gave that up and rented an apartment by herself. This was more to her liking.
In 1935 she and another girl sailed for Hawaii. never had she had so many orchids as when she leis made of orchids placed around her neck. She ate a wonderful preserves with a big Hawaiian name. It turned out to be ground cherry preserves. they had fish and Poi and when she retunred she had learned a song in Hawaiian. She also had beads and a grass skirt, and other souvenirs to remind her of the wonderful time she had.
She began teaching in Salt Lake City in 1932. There she taught for six years. her teachings was of the highest quality as was evidenced by her being asked to teach a deomstration summer school on the first grade at the BYU. With all the pcitures she gathered from the countries of Europe she went to different wards lecturing ont heEuropean countries and showing the slides as she lectured. Many of these beatuties she described in stories; many of them were published in magazines. She saw beauty wherever she went. In the canyons, in the cities, in the countries and in the ocean.

After much study all over the continent and more home credit at the BYU, Amee finally got her B.S. degress on June 10, 1936.

After her busy years of study had more or less come to an end with getting her degree, Amee then turned to putting the finsihing touches on the Walker family records of her immediate family; both the ancestry and progenitors. She also spent much time and money doing genealogical research.
Through affiliation with the U of U she belonges to the returned missionaries's club. (The Y yesharah chapter) and in 1937, they made her president of that club. And it was only becasue of illness just before her death that she was releasehed form this position.
Her loyalty to family and friends was one of her outstanding characteristics. Everyone of her family sometimes or other have received financial aid and encouragement from Amee. She took Ruth, her youngest sister, to raise after her Mother's death,sneding her to school and being as her guarding angel.
If any of her family had a problem to solve Amee was always the clearing-house and she usually came up with the right answer.
Amee had a host of friends wherever she went. Some she had acquired when she and Aunt Eliza had lived at the Hotel Utah, where they had met all kinds of people. She was always grateful for that training because it helped her to be precious and understanding to all kinds of people. So when they sailed on their tours they were often invited to dine at the captain's table. This was a great honor, for certainly not everyone was invited to participate in this event.
Her friends too sought her advice. She gave to those in need, and sent flowers to the sick or a card to cheer those who were downcast.
Becasue of an accident occurring the schoolroom of falling plaster she developed a concussion and other complications from which she never recovered. She lingered almost a year and then she finally died June 3, 1938.

She says one can be happy and content anywhere you go becasue if you look for the interesting and beautiful things in life, you find them.









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  • Maintained by: SRBentz
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86966
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Amee Walker (3 Nov 1890–4 Jun 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86966, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .