Mrs. Douglas Dies in Ogden
Ogden, Aug. 2—Mrs. Rintha Pratt Douglas, 80, wife of James. H. Douglas, former president of the British Mission, died at 9:10 a.m. today at the family home, 2708 Harrison Boulevard.
She was born in Salt Lake July 6, 1862, daughter of Apostle Orson Pratt and Marion Ross Pratt. She completed her grade school education in Salt Lake and attended the University of Utah. When 16 years of age, she went to work in the Church Historian’s office, where her father was Church historian.
She married Mr. Douglas Jan. 12, 1882, in the Salt Lake Endowment House, Pres. Wilford woodruff performing the ceremony. Since then she has lived in Ogden, with the exception of from 1887 to 1888, when her husband was in the Southern State Mission and she resided with her mother in Salt Lake.
In the fall of 1931, Mrs. Douglas went to Europe with her husband, who presided over the British Mission, and Mrs. Douglas presided over the 68 Relief Societies in that mission. During a portion of the time she had charge of the M.I.A. and Primary Association and with her husband made approximately 100 trips to attend conferences. They made their home in London.
Mrs. Douglas has been a Relief Society worker in the Fifth, Twelfth and Mount Ogden Wards. She is a character member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers of Weber County, and for many years was a member of the board. Also she was a member of the Child Culture Club and a sustaining member of the Martha Society.
While in London, Mrs. Douglas joined the London Council of Women, a national organization being a member of the British Council of Women and International Council of Women, whose object is to promote the welfare of women and children.
Surviving are her husband and the following children: Mrs. Genieve Taylor of Los Angeles, Mrs. Glen Cannon of Honolulu, Mrs. Lucile Baker of San Francisco, Ruth Pingree, Oakland, Calif., and Melbourne Douglas of Boulder, Colo.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Twelfth Ward, Bishop David S. Romney of the Mount Ogden Ward in charge. Friends may call at 466 Twenty-fourth Street, Ogden, Sunday afternoon and evening and Monday until 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Ogden City Cemetery.
[Deseret News, Aug. 2, 1941, 11]
[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]
Daughter of Orson Pratt Dies at Home in Ogden
Ogden—Mrs. Rintha Pratt Douglas, 79, wife of James H. Douglas of 2708 Harrison boulevard and life-long LDS church worker, died at her home Saturday at 9:10 a.m. after three weeks’ illness.
Mrs. Douglas, a daughter of Orson Pratt, LDS apostle and church leader during the pioneer period of Utah, and Marion Ross Pratt, had grown up in the atmosphere of church work, and she adhered to it ardently throughout her life. At the same time she devoted herself to her family and to other interests outside the home.
Included in her service to her church were three years, beginning in 1931, when she went to England with her husband, who had been called to preside over the British LDS mission, with headquarters in London.
Worked in British Isles
During this period, she was president of the mission Relief societies and assisted with the work of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement associations and the Primary associations in the British Isles. She traveled back and forth throughout the British Isles between 90 and 100 times in the performance of her duties for the church in those three years, giving assistance and instructions, attending conferences and special meetings and devoting her full time to these duties.
Mrs. Douglas was born in Salt Lake City, July 5, 1862. Her education was obtained in the public schools and the University of Utah. Her father was LDS church historian, and when she was 16 years of age she worked in his office with such church leaders as Wilford Woodruff, who later became president of the church, John J. Jacques, Joan Campbell, Annie Alston and Mrs. Larinda Weihe, her sister.
Married in 1882
She was married to Mr. Douglas in the old LDS Endowment house in Salt Lake City, January 12, 1882, with President Woodruff performing the ceremony. Since that time she made her home in Ogden except for the time when Mr. Douglas was on a mission for the church in the southern states, when she stayed with her mother in Salt Lake City, and during the period both she and Mr. Douglas were in Great Britain.
Mrs. Douglas joined the London Council of Women, a national women’s organization affiliated with the International Council of Women of the World, while she was in Great Britain. The object of the organization was to promote the welfare of women and children.
She was affiliated with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Weber county as a charter member, serving as treasurer for 12 years and as a member of the board for many years. She also held membership in Child Culture club, and was a sustaining member of the Martha Society when she died.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son and four daughters: Melbourne Pratt Douglas of Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. Genieve Taylor of Los Angeles, Mrs. Glen Cannon of Honolulu, T.H.; Mrs. Lucile Baker of San Francisco, and Mrs. Ruth Pingree of Oakland, Cal.; three brothers and five sisters: Ortherus Pratt of Salt Lake City, Ray Pratt of San Francisco, Julius Pratt of Los Angeles, Mrs. Alvin A. Beesley, Mrs. James A. Morgan and Mrs. William Shivrick of Salt Lake City, Mrs. Richard Farrington of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Margaret Armstrong of Miami, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted in Ogden Twelfth LDS ward chapel Monday at 2 p.m. by Bishop David S. Romney of Mount Ogden ward. A.E. Bowen of Salt Lake City, a member of the LDS quorum of twelve apostles, will be principal speaker. Burial will be in Ogden city cemetery under direction of George W. Larkin and Sons’ mortuary.
Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday afternoon and evening and Monday until 1 p.m.
[Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 3, 1941, 10A]
[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]