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 Mary <I>Christiansen</I> Thurman

Mary Christiansen Thurman

Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Death 22 Dec 1925 (aged 32)
New York, USA
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.08.13.04
Memorial ID 89980 · View Source
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Memory of Mary Thurman Honored From Stage from Which She Delighted Thousands

Richfield people from all walks of life, rich and poor, farmers, business men and of all professions formed an audience of sadly bereaved mourners when following a call by A. L. Stallings, manager of the Kinema theater, solemn memorial services were held on the stage of the theater for the celebrated motion picture star whom Richfield proudly called her own. The house was crowded and an atmosphere of deep and sincere sorrow hung like a cloud over the audience.

Jas M. Peterson of the stake presided at the cermony and after a funeral dirge played placed on the organ by Mrs. Lizzie Hansen, Bishon W. A. Seegmiller offered the invocation, Miss Madge Peterson with Miss Virginia Bean as accompanist sang touchingly touch and beautifully, "O Dry Those Tears." Then Judge H. N. Hales arose for a eulogy which was a masterpiece in thought, diction and delivery. He referred to Mary Thurman when she was as growing up in our country, just a country town girl then known as Von Christiansen, her lovable disposition, her activities in school dramatics while at high school, later as teacher and how she finally by her own efforts and on the basis of her inborn dramatic gifts entered into the motion picture field and attained that fame that reached over the world and made her beloved wherever her picture was seen on the silver screen and especially in her home to town, Richfield.

A contralto solo by Miss Merlyn Hansen, accompanied by Miss Bean, "Who Knows," well fitted in the proceedings and was rendered artistically.

Miss Juanita Hansen, famed on stage and in filmdom for the past ten years, the most intimate friend of Mary and who had cancelled some contracts to be able to accompany the body from New York to Richfield, was as overcome come with emotion when she rose next to say a few words in honor of her famous departed friend. With tears in her eyes and in her voice she related some incidents during the last few few days of life of Mary Thurman and no eye in the audience was as dry when she concluded her short address with the sentence, "And now I have fulfilled my mission and brought her home to you."

The last picture made in which Mary Thurman starred was, explained president Peterson Petersob, "Swanee River." While making this picture in Florida she contracted malaria. She never recovered from the attack, complications set in and finally she succumbed to pneumonia Tuesday evening of last week. Alluding to Mary Thurmans last picture, Mrs. Hansen played as organ solo, "Swanee River," and benediction by Mayor Parley Magleby brought the most impressive impress memorial services to an end.

During and after the services the body of the deceased lay in state at Warners undertaking parlor and was viewed by an enormous crowd of people from Richfield and surroundings.

Funeral were held in the Second ward chapel Wednesday afternoon, too late to have an exhaustive report in this issue. We will give a full account in the Reaper of January 7.

Mrs. Mary S. Christiansen, the breaved mother, Ernest C. Christiansen, brother, and Miss Juanita Hansen, intimate friend of Mary Thurman state that several mistakes have crept into her lifes account in the daily papers and requested us to wait for a full and correct story before publishing particulars.

During the memorial services Presdent Peterson read several wires and other expressions of sympathy that had arrived here, among them from Governor Geo H. Dern, Supreme Court Justice and Mrs. S. R. Thurman, decease's parents-in-law, Mayor of Salt Lake City, C. Clarence Neslen, editorial staff of the Desert News and Salt Lake Tribune, the Salt Lake manager of the famous Player- Lasky corporation, etc.

Floral tributes came from all parts of the United States and were of exquisite beauty. One of the most conspicuous among the fragrant offerings was an immense piece consisting of ferns, sweet peas, and orchids sent by Allan Dwan, the director under whom Mary has made her greatest pictures.

Published In Richfield Reaper 1925-12-31

Christened Mary Mavoureen and was know as Von untill her marriage to Victor Thurman

Richfield Reaper 1926-01-07

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  • Maintained by: Kel
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89980
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Christiansen Thurman (27 Apr 1893–22 Dec 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89980, citing Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Kel (contributor 46935764) .