Lillian Ashby Sinfield was born the 25th of January 1899 to Lillian and Bryant Ashby. She was the second of eleven children and the first white baby born in Lund. The event of her birth took place in a log building which still stands on property belonging to Bishop Albert Gubler.
Lillian's parents had been living in Dixie, Utah and had received a call from the authorities of the Church to help settle White River Valley in eastern Nevada. They accepted the call and moved here with their first child, Garr, in 1898.
Most of Lillian's life was spent in Lund. Her parents made several brief moves when raising their family but always came back to this area.
Lillian received her education in the Lund school. There was not much offered in those early days but Lillian took advantage of every opportunity.
As the oldest girl in the family, Lillian was soon taught to do house work. She became very efficient around the home and a great help to her mother. Bryant and Aunt Lil, as her mother was known by many, had a large family and Lillian learned to care for young children and babies... When she was 13 her mother had twins - Anthony and Edith. At this time, Lillian had the responsibility of looking after younger brothers and sisters, helped with the new babies, did all the housework and all the washing which was done by hand on a wash board. She managed nicely.
When Lillian became a little older she helped with the family finances. Her first job was keeping house for a Mr. Lightfoot who was school superintendent in Ely. Later, she worked at the Georgetown Ranch cooking for ranch hands. Her next position was in the store and post office of Ed Hendrix in Lund. Ed often remarked that his business went better when he was away. Lillian's capability proved to be extremely outstanding.
On 1 October 1920 Lillian was married to Fernly Sinfield by Bishop Whitehead. In 1922 they moved to Kimberly where they resided for 3 years. They also lived in Central Ely for a short time, then made their home in Lund where Fern bought his father's farm and home.
Lillian's and Fern's marriage has been one of close companionship. Lillian's training and experience became most beneficial in running her own household. She and Fern made a real home where Lillian's abilities were always used to enhance their surroundings. She was adept at outside work, too, and took pride in her yard and garden. Her handwork was excelled by few people in this world. Her quilting was superb, and the rugs she made were admired by all whosaw them. Crocheting and other handwork were always done to perfection and she won many blue ribbons at county fairs in this area. One can say without reservation that whenever Lillian did anything, she did it well.
Lillian and Fern had four children and I am sure each one learned to love and respect theseparents, their high ideals and close family life.
There was a period of time in their lives that Fern and Lillian joined other couples in square dancing. This proved to be a joy in their lives and the associations they had in this activity were never to be forgotten.
In 1953 Lillian fell and broke her hip. Serious surgery followed in which some of the bone had to be replaced. This surgery was never considered completely successful because it left Lillian with great discomfort and nearly 21 years of pain. Only she knew the agonizing hours of suffering because of that hip.
In October 1970, Lillian and Fern celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This momentous occasion was shared by their many friends and relatives.
In October of 1974 Lillian had further surgery on her hip to repair work that had been previously done. Although her hip was weak, she now was free from most of the pain she had been enduring. In spite of her handicap, Lillian kept as active as she could for as long as possible. Even though she made the best of her situation, she realized her activity was becoming limited and this was not easy for a woman who had been so used to working, so diligent and energetic around her home and yard.
I do not believe a husband has ever been more attentive and helpful than Fern. This last year has shown the love and companionship this couple shared. A short time ago, it was necessary for Lillian to enter the Care Center in Ely. Her condition worsened and on 21 Nov. 1978 she passed away.
Lillian is survived by her husband Fernly of Lund; four children: Rae Sandberg of Tucson, Arizona; Pauline Trump of Bountiful, Utah; George Ashby of Magna, Utah; and Hazel Grow of Sparks, Nevada. Brothers: Paul Ashby of Sutherlin, Oregon; Clark Ashby of Wickenberg, Arizona; Anthony Ashby of Pleasant Grove, Utah; and Woodrow Ashby of Reno, Nevada. Sisters: Edith Reid of Lund; Fay McKenzie of Ely; and June Healy of Hamilton, Montana. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Lillian's life was a full one. Her childhood emanated obedience and a willingness to work and learn. She grew to be a rock of support and a true help mate to her husband. Her children were a source of pride and the reason for a constant desire to give them every service she was capable of giving. No sacrifice was too great. Edith has spoken of Lillian's great unselfishness and her willingness to share what she had.
There are three quotations I wish to give which, in my opinion, express thoughts that relate to Lillian. She was not afraid to die and I know she realized there are things in this life far worse than death. She did not want to be a burden to anyone. She just wanted to be home. And so I feel right in quoting the following: "Death is the liberator of him whom medicine cannot cure; the comforter of him whom time cannot console." (Charles Caleb Colton)
Concerning the relationship Lillian had with her husband, I would quote this: "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and record, of their friendship." (William Penn)
To her family Lillian might say this: "Do not suppose, my dearest ones, that when I have left you I shall be no where and no one. Even when 1 was with you, you did not see my soul, but knew that it was in this body of mine from what I did. Believe then that it is still the same, even though you see it not... Wherefore... preserve my memory by the loyalty and piety of your lives."(Cicero)
It is my prayer that the survivors of Lillian Ashby Sinfield will stay close to each other, that they will cherish in fondest memory those wonderful, good, and admired attributes which Lillian possessed. May God grant Fern and his family peace of mind, and the desire, courage, and strength to take whatever steps are necessary to preserve this family throughout eternity. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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