Mrs. Kimball Expires at 85
Funeral Arranged For Thursday

Mrs. Lathilla Pratt Kimball, 85, of 615 First Avenue, a daughter of Apostle Orson Pratt and Mary Ann Merrill Pratt, died today at her home. She had been suffering with a kidney ailment and was taken seriously ill last Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held Thursday noon at 260 East South Temple Street.

Mrs. Kimball was born July 19, 1855, in Salt Lake City and had lived here all of her life. Her husband Joseph Kimball, a son of Heber C. Kimball, died four years ago.

The couple had 13 children, 10 of whom are living: Joseph Raymond, Ernest, Oliver, Willard L., and a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Sargent, all of San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Florence K. Robinson, Mrs. Pearl K. Davis, Mrs. Jean K. Hooper, and Clark Kimball, all of Salt Lake City; several half brothers and sisters, and a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

[Deseret News, Nov. 4, 1940, 12]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Funeral Held for Mrs. Kimball

Last rites for Mrs. Lathilla Pratt Kimball, 85, daughter of Orson Pratt, first pioneer entering Salt Lake Valley, were conducted yesterday afternoon at 260 East South Temple Street. Bishop Gordon Burt Affleck was in charge. Burial was in the City Cemetery.

[Deseret News, Nov. 8, 1940, 7]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Death Claims Daughter of First Pioneer
Mrs. Kimball Dies At Age of 85 After Brief Illness

Mrs. Lathilla Pratt Kimball, daughter of Orson Pratt, first pioneer to enter Salt Lake valley and widow of Joseph Kimball, pioneer Utah “cattle king” and leader in the L.D.S. church, died at her home, 615 First avenue, Monday at 9:30 a.m. after an illness of only a few days.

She had lived for 85 years in Utah since her birth in Salt Lake City, July 19, 1855.

Mrs. Kimball was a devoted housewife, who lived alone and cared for her own house until a few days before her death. She spent several hours daily in reading and sewing, and in writing both prose and poetry.

Her happiest memories were of her years of life with her husband and family of 13 children. On her eighty-fifth birthday last July she recalled her wedding day, when she and Mr. Kimball upset the secret marriage plans of her two older sisters. When they appeared at the old Salt Lake Endowment house to be married on the morning of October 30, 1870, they found their little sister there exchanging marriage vows with Joseph Kimball. At the time she was just 15 years of age, with long golden braids hanging nearly to her knees.

Husband Died in 1936

She and her husband celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary in 1935, and he died March 29 the following year. Earlier this year Mrs. Kimball unveiled a plaque in his honor on the wall of the L.D.S. temple grounds at South Temple and Main streets.

Mrs. Kimball was a daughter of Orson and Mary Ann Merrill Pratt; her husband was a son of Heber Chase Kimball, an apostle of the L.D.S. church and brother of the late J. Golden Kimball, president of the first council of seventy.

Mr. and Mrs. Kimball moved to Meadowville, Rich county, in 1871, as members of a party sent out by President Brigham Young to colonize that area. Mr. Kimball served as bishop of the ward at Meadowville and a member of the county board of selectmen prior to the family’s removal to Bear Lake, in Cache county, in 1890. He also served as probate judge, as delegate to the Utah constitutional convention and as representative in the second Utah legislature from Rich county.

Aided Husband

In Cache county Mrs. Kimball aided her husband in his work as director of an irrigation company in Bear Lake valley, as president of the Logan chamber of commerce and as one of the bishopric of the Logan first L.D.S. ward.

Mr. and Mrs. Kimball returned to Salt Lake City 46 years ago. In his declining years, Mr. Kimball served as a guide at the L.D.S. church administration building.

Mrs. Kimball had 254 descendants, including four great-great-grandchildren. Her oldest son, Joseph Raymond Kimball of San Diego, cal., is just 16 years younger than his mother.

Other surviving sons and daughters are Ernest, Oliver and Willard L. Kimball and Mrs. Ethel Kimball Sargent of San Diego; Pratt Kimball of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Florence W. Robinson, Mrs. Pearl K. Davis and Mrs. Jean K. Hooper and Clark Kimball of Salt Lake City. Nine brothers and sisters also survive. They are Raymond R. Pratt of San Francisco, Cal.; Mrs. Ruby Beesley, Mrs. Neva Shiverick and Mrs. Pearl Morgan of Salt Lake City, Mrs. Rintha Douglas and Mrs. Clomenia Larson of Ogden, Mrs. Willa Farrington of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Margaret Armstrong of Miami, Fla.

Funeral services have been set tentatively for Thursday noon at 260 East South Temple street.

[Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 5, 1940, 10]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Final Rites Held For Native, 85

Funeral services for Mrs. Lathilla Pratt Kimball, 85, daughter of Orson Pratt, first pioneer to enter Salt Lake valley, were conducted Thursday afternoon at 260 East South Temple street, by Bishop Gordon Burt Affleck.

Grandsons of Mrs. Kimball were pallbearers, and burial was in Salt Lake City cemetery.

Mrs. Kimball, widow of Joseph Kimball, pioneer Utah cattle grower and L.D.S. church leader, died Monday at her home, 615 First avenue.

[Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 9, 1940, 27]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


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