Bridging Generations

Ancestors and descendents of Joyce Verla Pratt and Mark Richard Berrett

. . . devoted to her family

USU graduation

Harriet Lydia (Brown) Berrett with her son, Mark Richard Berrett, at the time of his graduation from Utah State University – June 1953

In honor of her 132nd birthday, here are some remarks shared at her funeral by Grandma’s friend Myrtle Barker.

“Sister Hattie was born on April 11, 1884, in North Ogden, and here she lived all her life except for 1 1/2 years when they lived in Tremonton.  Her childhood days were just like any childhood, but there was a lot of hard work and she completed her school in the elementary grades in the North Ogden School.

“They were parents to eight children, one baby passed away, so they reared to manhood four sons and three wonderful daughters.  What a wonderful family they always were; always devoted to each other and to their father and mother.  

“She always loved music and when she was younger she used to sing quite a bit in duets and quartets and she would sing solos.  She would get Ellen (her sister) to sing and one song they sang so beautifully that I remember was “Mistletoe Bough.”

She was always devoted to her sisters, Ellen [Berrett] and Emily Folkman.  Always ready to give a helping hand to anyone who was in need, even when her husband was ill for so long.  She loved her home and she loved her family.  She was a good housekeeper and an excellent cook.  Just last summer I spent an afternoon in her home and she had been bottling peaches and pickles.  She had always been taught thrift.  She had always been devoted to her family and proud of their accomplishments.  She like to work hard and she liked to see things well kept.  She like to work out of doors.  I don’t know of a woman in North Ogden who has be invited to as many quiltings.  She was a wonderful quilter and always such good company.  The last few years she has done a lot of hard work.”

She has left us a great legacy.  Happy Birthday, Grandma Berrett!



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  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog because it introduced me to yours. Quoting these remarks from someone who knew your ancestor is a wonderful way of introducing the voice of one of her contemporaries — and provides such a personal touch, right down to the many quiltings she was invited to! Great work. Keep going!
    Molly of Molly’s Canopy

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