Mrs. Mary J. Corry Corlett, 87, pioneer resident of Cedar City and one of the first five
children born in Salt Lake City, died at the home of her daughter at Cedar City Sunday of
complications incident to age. A resident there since 1853, two years after Cedar City
was founded, Mrs. Corlett was active in church and social affairs during most of her life.
For three years following the inauguration of telegraph service into Cedar City in the
early 1870's, she was a volunteer operator and later alternated with Mrs. Ellen Lunt,
wife of Henry Lunt, who was in charge of the first company there. As Cedar City's
official telegraph operator, Mrs. Corlett acted as secretary of the "Founding Committee"
of the Branch Normal School, now the Branch Agricultural College there in 1897. The
first buildings on the present college were constructed by local contributions and labor,
and Mrs. Corlett dispersed the various commodities and donated to the workers and kept
all accounts for the job. Her home was made the clearinghouse during this early
pioneering for many years. Also, Mrs. Corlett was secretary of the ward relief society
and served as a teacher until a few years ago when she became disabled.
She was born in Salt Lake City April 29, 1848, the seventh child of Margaret and George Corry. In 1850 she moved with her family to Provo where they lived until 1853 when the family moved to Cedar City.
At the time of her death, she was the lone survivor of the family of 12 born to Mr. and Mrs. Corry. On March 7, 1872, she married James Corlett at Cedar City. Mr. Corlett died in December 1902. She was the mother of six children, two of whom survived, Mrs. J. A. Kopp, Cedar City; and Thomas Corlett, Tonopah, Nevada.
Funeral services are incomplete pending arrival of her son but will be held there, with interment into Cedar City Cemetery.