Thursday, August 5, 2010

Elizabeth Ann Pugsley Hayward, by Bess Hayward Edwards: Part 4

Although her work in public has been extensive, she has always been a lover of home life, deeply devoted to her husband and children. She has always maintained a homey home, delighting in the flowers which have yielded so generously to her care. She is small of stature, being a little less than five feet tall, with deep blue eyes, and in her younger days possessed a wealth of long, brown hair, now snow-white. During her eighty-two years of life she has seen Salt Lake City develop from a small pioneer village to the city of which we are so proud.

She has seen lighting develop from the stage of the tallow candle, through oil and glass lights up to the present modern electrical devices. She has seen transportation change from the handcart and ox team to the present all aluminum, air-cooled trains and air transports. She has watched the development also of her children, grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Death again bereft her of her loving life partner in January 1927 but her splendid pioneer courage has led her on as ever before to be an inspiration to her children and grandchildren, a devoted friend to all in times of need or discouragement and a loyal adherent to every cause of justice and right. In family circles she has always been a mediator, being loved and respected wherever she goes.

This sketch written in 1929 by her daughter Elizabeth Hayward Edwards.

Died January 26, 1942

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Pugsley Hayward, one of Utah’s foremost woman leaders in church, civic and political affairs, died in a Salt Lake hospital Monday at 12:30 p.m. of causes incident to age. She was 87 years old. She was survived by a son John E. Hayward, daughters: Mrs. Jean H. Wessman, and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Edwards, a sister, Mrs. Adelbert Beesley of Salt Lake City; 18 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

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