Mary Emma Walker Ashdown (1869)

Iron County Record, January 6, 1944

Death Claims Mary W. Ashdown After Long Illness

Mrs. Mary Emma Walker Ashdown, 74, active worker in the LDS church in Cedar City, died at the family home Sunday, January 2, after having been bedfast for the past ten weeks suffering from heart trouble. Mrs. Ashdown, whose health had not been good for several years, underwent a goiter operation at the Iron County hospital last July and steadily weakened until 10 weeks ago when she was confined to her bed until death released her Sunday.

Born in Cedar City on December 7, 1869, a duaghter of Joseph and Emma Smith Walker, early converts to the LDS Church and pioneers of southern Utah, the deceased lived her entire life in this community where she was well known for her charity and beautiful needlework.

She married Fred Ashdown in the St. George LDS temple on March 5, 1918.

Always an active worker in the church, Mrs. Ashdown served for several years on the Sewing Committee for the Relief Society, and, with her husband, spent many years as a member of the Old Folks Committee, the Decorating Committee, and also helped to prepare the dead for burial before professional undertaking parlors were established here.

She is survived by her husband, two step-daughters, Mrs. Ellen Simkins and Mrs. Vina Walker, and one brother, Reuben Walker, all of Cedar City.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon in the Cedar City LDS First Ward chapel with Bishop H. H. Lunt presiding. Speakers at the services included Samuel F. Leigh and Charles R. Hunter, with brief remarks by Bishop Lunt. Sentiments from the First Ward Relief Society were also read by Mrs. Agnes Pryor.

submitted by Kathie Marynik