Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mary Halls Brown 1875 - 1958

Mary Halls Brown grew up in Huntsville, Utah, and played with the McKay children, her brother became President McKay’s bishop. The family later moved to southern Colorado where her father served as stake patriarch, and in the stake presidency, writing in his journal that he had driven 45,000 miles by horse and buggy in the performance of his duties. In the little Mormon settlement called Weber, just out of Mancos, Colorado, she and her husband started their family, farmed and ran an Indian trading post.

They later moved to southern Arizona for her health, initially to Binghampton, a Mormon settlement just outside Tucson, and later moved to Mesa. She was a hard working typical farm wife, raising chickens, cows, gardening, and making her own soap. She did without a washing machine or other modern conveniences and she loved good music, and introduced her grandson (James Brown) to classical music via her hand-cranked record player “Victorola”. She loved flowers, and enjoyed looking at them through a magnifying glass to study them.

A more extensive account of Mary Halls Brown: Mary

Burial: Mountain View Memorial Gardens Mesa Maricopa County Arizona, USA Plot: Sec A, Lot 246, Space 11