Memories of My Mother (Mabel Law Atkinson)

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I will always remember my mother for her teachings. She always stood for right. She taught me the value of work and being organized in whatever I tried to do. She taught us the value of prayer and righteous living. There were the five children: myself, Melvin Boyd, Joyce, Sherwin Joseph and Frances Myrtle. She believed in education, thus Joyce, Frances and Sherwin graduated from college. Joyce and Frances were school teachers and Sherwin was employed by the USAC [Utah State Agriculture College] Poultry Division where he still works.

Joyce, Sherwin and Frances also filled full time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Joyce has filled two full time missions and Frances a mission before marriage and a work mission with her husband Henry Berghout. This made Mother very happy.

Melvin Boyd was killed in a car accident in California. He was 21.

Mother and Dad taught us to want a temple marriage. Sherwin, Frances and I were married in the temple. I married Walter Legrand Whipple and I have five sons: Walter Legrand Whipple Jr., William Lorin, Weldon Lavon, Wilford Leon, and Wesley Lamar. All five sons have been on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They all attended college. Walter has a doctorate in music, William a masters in bookkeeping and accounting, Weldon a masters in music theory and another masters in music library, Wilford a journeyman electrician, Wesley a graduate of Ricks College and attending BYU this fall.

Frances and Henry have six children, Corie, Laine, David, Daniel, Larry and Jamie.

Sherwin married Elva Kerr and they have three children, Ivin, Linda and Diane.

Mother loved her grandchildren and they loved her. She had only five grandchildren while she was living. Frances and Sherwin married after Mother had passed away.

Grandpa and Grandma Law worked hard and saw to it that their ten children had an education All ten children were school teachers. Thus the desire for education has passed on down to future generations.

I was fortunate to have Mother as my teacher in the second and sixth grade at Dayton School. She was really a good teacher and I loved her. She was so kind to the unfortunate children in her school. I remember her bringing lunches for some of them (depression years) also clothing to keep them warm. She taught us by example to help the ones in need.

She was handy at sewing also and made our clothes, sometimes made-overs out of clothes others had given us. She always made them look good and they didn't look like they were made over. She taught 4-H Club sewing for three years, and my sewing took first place in Franklin county and at the Southeastern Idaho 4-H fair. She taught well.

I also remember the good peach and apricot pies she would make, and walk to the beet field where we were working, in the middle of the afternoon, bringing these pies for us to eat and cold water to drink. This made our day much more pleasant. We would look forward to her afternoon visit and could work with renewed energy.

She really had a green thumb. Her flowers and yard in Dayton was like a paradise. She enjoyed working in the yard and loved everything beautiful.

When Mother took up writing at the age of 50, she showed us we are never too old to try something new. She was very successful at writing poetry and short stories and columns for newspapers. She published three books of poetry and there are many of her children's stories that were not published. We cherish all her writings and many times we read them and she still seems to be near in our memory.

Her last years were years of ill health; but she still kept busy each day until the last thee months of her life, which she spent in the Preston hospital with cancer. It was Memorial Day, May 30, 1962, she passed away at the age of 64. She was conscious of everything until the very last day of her life. She is a wonderful mother.

--Erline Atkinson Whipple (1979)