Mary Ann Ashdown & Henry Garrett

Mary Ann Ashdown was born in 1853 in Brighton, England. Her mother was Ann Burgess and her father was Richard Ashdown. Shortly after
she was born the family met the Mormon Elders and the family embraced the doctrine and were baptized in the sea in 1855. When Mary
Ann was 7-years old they left Liverpool on the ship Manchester on a journey of 6000 miles to the Salt Lake Valley. The journey across the
ocean was very difficult for her mother. They joined the hand cart company of Ira Eldredge (1861) and Mother Ann walked nearly the entire
1000 miles across the plains. The family arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1861 and moved to Bountiful where Mary Ann grew up.
Mary Ann was married in 1870 to Henry Garrett in the Endowment House in Salt Lake and the couple moved to Nephi then known as Salt
Creek. Her mother left her father after his excommunication shortly thereafter and joined them. Henry worked at a variety of odd jobs to
support the family. Her father Richard eventually gave them his old homestead and the family moved back to Bountiful. Henry married a
second wife Hannah Day in 1878. He had 22 children between his two families thirteen belonging to Mary Ann.
In 1887 Mary Ann’s mother Ann married Thomas Briggs in the Saint George temple. He had a large family to care for, but her mother was a hard worker and she
became a good mother to his children, the youngest being only 4 years old. About that time the family decided to take care of their work for the living and dead.
As Mary Ann’s father hadn’t come back to the church the children decided to have their mother and themselves sealed to Brother Briggs in the Logan Temple as
he had been a good father to them. Mary Ann caught the spirit of temple work and by 1906 had done over 753 ordinances for the dead for her family.
Ann Burgess Briggs fell ill and passed away in 1898, but left a final blessing on her family from her death bed, “Although my sufferings have been great, the Lord has
been very kind to me. I have been backward in bearing my testimony and that is the cause of my sufferings. But, the Lord knows my heart, for I love all my children
and grandchildren and all my brothers and sisters, for I have nothing but blessings for you all. “ Then she said to Henry Garrett, “be faithful and true to both of your
families. You have got two large families and they are good although you are in trouble at times. But be faithful and attend to your prayers and all will be well with
you and attend to all your duties and the Lord will bring you safe through, and when troubles come, kick them to one side. If you will be united with your families I
know the Lord will bless you at all times.” Her dying testimony was that the gospel was true.
By 1900 the old homestead where Henry and Mary Ann were living was in need of repair, and so the family decided to build a new home. One of their neighbors
was making bricks so he offered those in exchange for payments. Her sons George and David agreed to do the carpentry and bricks and Mary Ann worked hard even
during storms picking beans and peas and taking in washing to get the brick paid for. Shortly after they moved in they contracted Smallpox and the family had to
be quarantined. She often worked with her son David in his gardens helping with the planting and care of the vegetables and flowers. The entire family had to work
hard most of their lives to stay out of debt. They did splurge a little and bought an organ and she loved to play with her family all around her. Being surrounded by
family gave her the greatest joy. She spent her later years working in the garden and serving in the temple doing genealogy and temple work.
In her journal, Mary Ann mentions in 1904 that many of the church leaders, egged on by apostates, had been called to testify in Washington over temple ordinance
practices and a newly elected senator from Utah they were trying to remove and bring trouble to the church. She also mentions in 1906 the great ‘fearful’ San
Francisco earthquake and the 250 thousands and 500+ orphans that needed supplies sent by train, some of it from donations given by members. Later that year she
mentions a severe famine in Russia and a terrific wind that blew through her area and took out houses, telephone poles and trees, as well as part of her own roof and
chimney. Her husband owned the butcher shop and so many people couldn’t pay their bill that the shop had to close so that winter she took in washing to help out.
She saw these things as a sign of the times and the beginning of sorrows. She left her testimony:
“Oh my children, let me beg of you to keep from these evils and teach it to your children. I can truly say that this is the Lord’s work and He will protect it and bring it
victorious. If you will keep the commandments of the Lord as they are made know by his servants, he will bring you safely through and this is the constant prayer of
your loving mother and father.” – Mary Ann Ashdown.

David Arthur Garrett and Daisy Elisabeth Kirkham

David Arthur Garrett was born in 1876 in Bountiful, Utah to Henry and Mary Ashdown Garrett as one of 13 children. The family
was very poor and Henry worked a number of jobs to keep his family going. In the summer of 1900 he helped to gather brick
and mortar to build his aging parents a new home. His mother mentioned in her journal that he was a very good boy to her.
He married Daisy Kirkham in 1904 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was born in 1881 in Logan, Utah a daughter of artist Reuben
Kirkham and Echo Squires. Her father had died when she was four and life was a struggle for her family growing up so they
were both used to hardships. They had 8 children. In 1905 after a hard first winter together where they were both ill, they
rented a small farm for $65 for the year. They planted lettuce and radishes and raids chickens with the intention of selling at
market. They struggled being in debt from the brick purchase for his parent’s home, and the next summer was warm and the
crops all died. In addition a horse he purchased on credit to help on the farm cut it’s leg and died before it could be paid for.
His grandfather Brother Briggs gave him a loan to help settle the debts. Daisy was also ill much of the time and needed hired
help with the family so though David was doing well, funds were stretched tight.
They moved to Salt Lake around 1924 where David got a job working on the railroad. They kept the gardens in Bountiful and David worked there right up until
his death. People said that his celery was the best they’d every had. The couple had a beautiful home surrounded by flowers, and many people were recipients of
beautiful bouquets. He also worked as a carpenter for many years. He served as a high priest in his ward and had a great love of the gospel.
David and Daisy were very generous and often gave service to the sick and those in need around them. He was very proud of her and often showed off her
handiwork. They didn’t like doing things or going places without each other.
At his funeral in 1956 his daughter Beth said of him that he made friends easily and he enjoyed being around people. He had a love of life, love of neighbors, love of
god, respect for people and for their teachings and beliefs, and charity for anyone less fortunate than himself. He was a blessing to all who knew him. Daisy passed
away in 1971.

David Raymond Garrett

David who went by Raymond or ‘Ray’ was born in 1914 in Centerville, Utah to David Arthur Garrett and Daisy Elisabeth Kirkham and
was raised in a strong family with kind and loving parents. He worked hard on his parents land up in Bountiful and helped to harvest
and haul vegetables down to Salt Lake to sell at the farmer’s markets. He also worked at the R.M. Bonnie Nut company and was
able to purchase some land. He also worked as an accountant for the Gallagher Machine Company. He met Vera and they married
in 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple. A year later Pearl Harbor was bombed and he was called into duty. He was sent to North Carolina
but was honorably released when he collapsed on a hike. He was able to return to his family in time for the birth of his first daughter.
He was an artist and a poet and took a class in music theory. He wrote many of his own piano songs and was working on having
some of them published. He loved the church and he held the office of a Seventy and also served as a ward clerk multiple times.
He also served as a temple worker and he loved to get up the canyons hiking and fishing. He had rheumatic fever when he was
growing up and had continuing health problems because of that, and his service during the war damaged his health even further.
He passed away in March 1947 at age 32 from a heart ailment when Marie was only 1-year old so his children didn’t know him well.

Marie Garrett

Marie was born March 12, 1946 in Salt LakeCity, Utah to David R. Garrett and F. Vera Chisholm.
She has an older sister Verae. Her father died when she was only 1-year from heart complications.
Her mother remarried James R. Hardman who had three children from his first wife: Jim, Neil and
Shirley and together they had a son Arland, her half-brother.
Marie grew up in the Salt Lake valley and attended Granite high school where she was a member
of the Latin club and learned to play cello in the orchestra. She was a straight A student and had a
great love of music, learning to play the piano very well. She originally taught herself to play and
then later would clean homes, iron laundry and babysit for the neighbors to earn money to take
lessons from a lady in her ward.
Her step-father Ralph worked for Kennecott Copper and so when there was a strike or delay in
production he would take the family and drive out to California to visit his sister-in-law and do some sight seeing. They would visit Knott’s Berry Farm, and one time
went north to see the redwoods. He would stay in contact with the other employees and when he heard the strike was ending they’d head back home.
After graduation she went to Brigham Young University with the intention of becoming a nurse. She was in the program for 3 years and during her second year she
served as president of Whitney Hall and her third year she was vice president of all of the Heritage Halls, which kept her busy managing both school and her social
life and responsibilities. After three years she decided to try something different and went to cosmetology school where she graduated a couple of years later with
a 98% on her state boards.
She met John Kirton at a local hall during one of the weekend dances and they found that they shared a mutual love of dancing. She got married in 1969 when she
was 22. She had 6 children while also working to provide for her family. She sold Tupperware at parties when her kids were younger as well as working as a beautician on people’s hair. She loved to sew and made many of her children’s clothes as they were growing up. The girls were in dance and she would make their costumes. She even made jeans including decorated pockets, until her kids got old enough to insist on designer brands.
As her kids got older she went to work as a file clerk and was later trained as a personal injury
and bankruptcy secretary for the law firm Rulon T. Burton and Associates. She also worked as
an office manager at Allan Communications arranging travel schedules. During that time the
company paid for her to visit New York and she had a fun chance to see the city and a Broadway play. Her children often said that she was the hardest working person they knew and she
worked very hard to support her family. After her divorce from John she married Brent Landvatter in 1997 and worked with him as his office manager. The relationship lasted about 7 years.
After that marriage ended she started working as a piano teacher, traveling around the valley
to teach in the homes of her students. She also served as a temple worker at the Jordan River
Temple and as pianist and choir director in her ward. She has a strong testimony of the gospel.
She helped care for her daughter Kollette and her grandson Joshua the last few months of her
life as she struggled with cancer. Shortly after her daughter’s passing she met Ed Moss and they
married in October 2019. As of this publication she is still living in her home in South Jordan.