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Tribute to Fannie Young Perry
by Some of her Children
Arranged by Velda Lovell
Taken from a tape recording made by John H. and Velda Lovell date unknown.
L. Tom: The things I remember best about mother, when I was about seven
or eight we went up in the field toward the Drybed, some of the neighborhood
boys and I, to play, watch the birds and eat berries. When it became
dark we started home, we met mother and Maude in the field, she was coming
after me. When she saw us, oh she was overjoyed. She scolded the boys
for keeping us so late and all that then mother fainted. That was one
of the sad truths about mother, she could faint and relax.
Melba: I remember for her patience and wisdom
in raising a large family, her dignity and even judgment, her role
as a Bishop’s wife, the
gentle way she would say to father “Henry, don’t give sister
so and so credit for so many eggs in tithing until I count them” not
that she ever doubted their word but we never had enough eggs to make
up the difference. My Sunday school teacher and how she used to make
those stories and teachings of The Book of Mormon Class come clear in
the mind of a 12 ear old.
Bert: I guess I remember mother best in her older
days. Dad and mother used to live in the old house, after I got married
and got a house south
of the orchard and the barn was north of their house. I used to stop
by after morning and evening chores after father was to old to feel like
working. I’d go by their house every nite to do the chores, and
every nite coming home, I’d be going home late in the evening after
dark. I remember going there almost every nite. They used to have an
old stove that had a big hearth and they would have a big fire in it.
There would sit dad and mother, one on one side of the hearth, and one
on the other. Dad would have a little stick poking the coals. They used
to look so contented, I used to leave with tears of join in my eyes.
Eurene: I think the thing I remember, the picture
I have of mother the most is when we lived up on the ranch. Every afternoon
about 4 O’clock
I’d have to get on old Dick to go get the cows. And no matter how
late it was or how far I had to go she was always there at the gate waiting
when I came home. Sometimes I would be way after dark, and I remember
once she said to me “Eurene there are two things that I’m
always glad for, one is that you ride a white horse and the other is
that you can sing. Because for a long ways before I can hardly see you,
she said, I can here you sing and when I see that white horse I know
at last that you are safely home”. And I never realized how she
felt until I was married and had children of my own to worry and be concerned
Eunice: I distinctly remember mother knitting
our black knit socks night after night by a kerosene lamp. What a racket
we all made then she would
say “you girls hush up, here comes your pa”.
Velda: I have so many wonderful memories of mother
that its difficult to pick out one. But I think the most vivid I have
is on Sunday morning.
She would get up real early. Most people liked to be in bed on Sunday
morning, but not mother. She was always up earlier on Sunday than any
other day, to get the house all cleaned up, to get breakfast, to see
we all had clean clothes for Sunday, and to get dinner prepared, and
in the oven so it would b ready when we got home, and then she would
dress for Sunday school and always had time to sit down in the living
room and go over her Sunday school lesson. She did this, I don’t
remember any Sunday when she didn’t go to church except in 1918,
during the flu. She always got up so early and worked so hard. Eunice,
with her sense of humor said “Mother you look ten years younger
since there wasn’t any Sunday school and you don’t have to
got up so early.”
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