Mary Elizabeth Baker was born in the state of New Jersey, 24 Feb. 1859. Her parents were George Baker who was born in England and her mother was Mary Ann Randall who was born in Willshire, England.
They settled in Salt Lake City and lived there until the youngest boy was born in 1862, at which time they were called to go and help get St. George, Utah settled. They were a very religious family and tried hard to live up to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of which they were members. They and their children tried to do as their God and theChurch leaders wanted them to.
Mary Elizabeth learned hard work and was an excellent housekeeper. She was also a very good seamstress, could knit, weave, do eyelet embroidery, crochet, make gloves, and wove straw,making hats out of it. She had very little schooling. Her main sports were dancing, hayrack riding, husking bees, and house parties.
At 18 she was engaged to marry John Stucki but William Terry asked for her hand in marriage. He was already married and had one child by his first wife Martha. Mary's parents knew that the Church at that time was strong for polygamy so they urged her to marry him. They were married 24 Aug. 1878 in the St. George Temple by John D. T. McAllister. To this union were born 7 children: Mary Loanna, George, Emma Jane, Marilda, Wilford, John and Veda. Five were married in the Temple and the other two went to the Temple later and were sealed totheir wives.
Mary Elizabeth lived alone with her children as the father lived with the other family. She was kind, loving, quiet, reserved. She taught her children to pray and also have family prayers. She taught them to work and attend their church. They all had certain things to do and never bickered about them as they each knew what their duties were each day. She was father and mother both to them. In their eyes she was an angel. They did not have much in worldly goods but their home was filled with love for one another. In the evenings there were lessons to do, church reading, stories, popped corn, made honey and molasses candy.
Mary Elizabeth did the best she could for her family and was very patient. She craved affection but was deprived of some due to being in polygamy. She had a hard life and many privations but she never did complain. She always attended Church and Relief Society, where she served as visiting teacher all her married life.
Will Terry and his two families lived in St. George, Utah then in 1899 the family moved to Lund, Nevada to help settle the place. William drove the mules, their son George drove a wagonof furniture and Mary Elizabeth drove a team to pull the sheep wagon that the women rode in.
When they first arrived in Lund they lived in a one room log house and the sheep wagon until William and George could go to Taylor and buy a house which they tore down and moved to Lund. There they built a two room house for the family. This was built on the corner where the Lund Church now is.
In the winter of 1924 she took ill and was taken to Preston to Mrs. Windous Hospital where three weeks later she died, 18 Feb. 1924. She was buried in Lund cemetery. God bless her memory for she was surely a choice spirit and was truly loved by her family and friends. There were 7 children and 46 grandchildren, but there were many great grandchildren later on.
Written and submitted by:
Vonda Whitlock Rogers