Mary Jane <I>Keeler</I> Yancey

Mary Jane Keeler Yancey

Snyderville, Summit County, Utah, USA
Death 6 Aug 1940 (aged 55)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Ferndale Section, Lot 302
Memorial ID 9435415 · View Source
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Mary (Mamie) Keeler spent most of her life moving from house to house as her father's, then her husband's fortunes changed. The house she was born in is long gone. In fact, the entire town of Snyderville, Utah is gone. It survives only as a place name with strip malls and subdivisions atop it.

By 1888, her family had moved to Logan, Utah where her younger brother Arthur was born. By 1893 the family had moved to Riverside (presently Thomas), Idaho. At this time her father and older brother John Benjamin were living in Anaconda, Montana while she, her mother, sisters and brother Arthur stayed in Riverside.

Mamie met and married Orval Yancey from nearby Groveland. He built their first house in Groveland. It still stands. Some time after 1910 they moved to her parents house in Riverside. Her mother died in 1911 while they were living there. During this time her father continued to live in Montana. Of her eleven siblings, six had died and the remainder had married and moved away. Mamie and Orval moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho after 1914.

Her fortunes seemed to turn at this point. She was very excited as Orval had completed construction on a new house by 1929 in Idaho Falls. This was her second home there. But by 1932 this house was sold and she moved again, this time to Salt Lake City, Utah. Mamie's health, always poor, was beginning to noticeably fail by this point. Her poor health was no doubt exacerbated by her knowledge that her husband had married another wife bigamously as early as November of that year.

She died in Salt Lake City, only twenty miles from where she had been born. It is unfortunate that her return to this area was not a homecoming. She is buried far from family or friends in a forgotten corner of the cemetery.

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  • Created by: Geoffrey Parsons
  • Added: 7 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9435415
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Keeler Yancey (3 Jan 1885–6 Aug 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9435415, citing Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Geoffrey Parsons (contributor 46623002) .