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Stephen Mack & Hannah Saunders Covey family

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Irene, Stephen, Grandy, Helen Jean, John, Marilyn

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Grandy, Marilyn, Helen Jean, Irene

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Papa & Grandy

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Stephen Mack Covey, 4th from the right

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John, Helen Jean, Irene, Stephen

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Stephen L with his boys

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Family photo at Grandy & Papa's house

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Snake River cabin

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Stephen Longstroth Richards and Grandy in the dining room at the canyon cabin

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Christmas, approximately 1912

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Believed to be Mark & Susannah Ogden Bigler

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George Albert & Bathsheba Bigler Smith

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L to R, Stephen Glenn Covey, Irene Louise Richards Covey, Stephen Mack Covey

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Enoch & Janett Carruth Young Covey

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Stephen L & Irene Smith Merrill Richards

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Demas Ashdown & Hannah Barwell Saunders

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Stephen Glenn Covey (2nd from right, back row) with siblings

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Covey Family Photo at Grandy's and Papa's

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L to R, John, Marilyn, Helen Jean, Irene, Stephen

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Stephen Mack & Hannah Ashdown Covey

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Irene Smith Merrill (1876-1969) 93 yrs



BIRTH / CHRISTENING...4 June 1876, Fillmore, Millard County, UT

PARENTS...Clarence and Bathsheba Kate Smith Merrill


MARRIAGE...21 February 1900

  1. Lynn Stephen
  2. Irene Louise
  3. Lois Bathsheba
  4. Alice Leila
  5. Helen Marie
  6. Georgia Gill
  7. Joseph Albert
  8. Philip Longstroth
  9. Richard Merrill
DEATH...24 November 1969, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, SLC, UT

  1. Irene Smith Merrill
  2. Irene Louise Richards
  3. Marilyn Richards Covey
  4. Marilyn Louise Williams

Irene Smith Merrill Richards who was the wife of Stephen Longstoth Richards who was First Couselor of the First Presidency of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints and Founder of Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park died at 6:35 PM in a salt lake hospital of Natural Causes. She was 93 years old. Mrs Richards who was honored about a year prior to her death as the oldest living choir member of the Tabernacle Choir had lived in Salt Lake City since 1884. 

She maintained her own apartment and enjoyed good health. She had been a patient in the hospital since November 22, 1969 after suffering a Heart Attack. As the wife of President Richards she traveled throughout the world on assignments with her husband. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Febuary 21, 1959. They were married on Febuary 21, 1900 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He died on May 19, 1959. 

She joined the tabernacle choir at age 14 and was the only surviving member of the choir that sang at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. She had served in various auxilaries and was president of Ensign Stake Relief Society in the late 1920s.
She was a Daughter of Clarence and Bathsheba Smith Merrill. She was one of 15 children and the granddaughter of pioneer settlers George Albert and Bathsheba Bigler Smith, Members of the first company of Latter Day Saints to reach the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. George Albert Smith was first counselor to Brigham Young who was the church's second president. 

She was a mother of nine children. 

Funeral Services were held at the Kenwood Ward Chapel at 3080 South 1765 East on Friday November 28, 1969 at 12 Noon. A Viewing was held at the Deseret Mortuary at 36 East 7th South on Thursday November 27, 1969 From 6-8 PM and One Hour Prior To Serives At The Church. Burial followed at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park next to her husband Stephen in the Richards Family Plot.
--Find a Grave Website,

Quorum of the Twelve & wives at Stephen L and Irene Richards' home

Wives of the Twelve, Grandma Richards 2nd from left on back row

1 comment:

  1. Grandma Richards died when I was in high school. I remember going to her home. She lived with Phil in a duplex across from Wasatch Lawn on 33rd South in Salt Lake City.
    I remember admiring Grandma Richards because she was so unique. She had her own style and a great sense of humor. She had a quiet confidence about her.


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