Prominent Woman Dies At Fillmore

Fillmore, April 24—Mrs. Isabella P. Robison, wife of Franklin Alonzo Robison, died here at 2 o’clock yesterday morning of hemorrhage.

Mrs. Robison was born in Salt Lake City Sept. 1, 1854, being the daughter of the late Parley P. and Belinda Marden Pratt and the sister of the late Nephi and Lehi Pratt and Belinda Pratt Musser. She was married to Franklin Alonzo Robison of Fillmore April 10, 1872, and was the mother of 12 children, 11 of whom survive her—five sons and six daughters.

In Millard county, and particularly in the city of Fillmore, Mrs. Robison was widely known and much beloved. She had served three terms as recorder of Millard county.

[Deseret News, Apr. 25, 1912, 8]

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


In Memoriam

Died at her home in Fillmore on the evening of Tuesday last, Mrs. Isabel Eleanor Pratt Robison.  She was the daughter of Parley P. Pratt and Belinda M. Pratt and was born September 1, 1854 in Salt Lake City.  Her father was one of the early converts to the faith of the Latter-day Saints and was one of the original quorum of the twelve apostles and was assassinated while doing missionary work in Arkansas, in the summer of 1857, leaving the subject of this sketch fatherless in her early childhood, the youngest of her mother’s five children, all of whom except one have preceded her to the great beyond.  Came with her mother and other members of the family to Fillmore in 1871, where on April 10, 1872 she became the wife of Franklin A. Robison who with her 11 motherless children is mourning the loss of a true and noble wife and mother.  Her surviving children are Alonzo E., Joseph A., Mrs. Herma L.R. King, Mrs. Belinda R. Young, Mrs. Ruth P. Peterson, Mrs. Isabel R. Keith, Mrs. Carrie R. Dispain, Alma P. Harmel, Parker and Olea Robison.  She is also survived by 28 grandchildren.

The deceased appeared to be in her usual fair health till about 8 o’clock in the evening of Monday last when she was suddenly stricken with hemorage of the brain, which caused a paralytic stroke, rendering her unconscious from which state she never revived, but breathed her last about 6 o’clock on Tuesday evening.

An such a life as her’s was a blessing and benefaction to all within the sphere of its influence so is the death of such a one a public misfortune, as well as an irreparable loss to the home circle made desolate by her departure.

In the presence of such sorrow how cold and impotent are words and how doubly deep would be the grief did not the rainbow of Christian hope span the dark gulf between time and eternity and such pure, bright lives inspire the belief that there is a better world beyond where freed from the corroding cares of earth, the good and true are reunited.

Mrs. Robison has served the public in various positions both civil and ecclesiastic and held the office of Stake President of the Relief Societies at the time of her death.  Funeral services are being held as we go to press.

[Millard County Progress, Apr. 26, 1912]

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


Relief Society Worker Goes To Her Reward

Hinckley, April 27—Mrs. Isabella E. Robison, president of the Relief society of the Millard stake died at her home in Fillmore, April 23, 1912 of hemorrhage. She was stricken the evening previous while attending her household duties and was unconscious after the first few minutes until death came. There is perhaps no woman in the county more widely known or more closely endeared to the hearts of the people than she.

The deceased was the daughter of Parley P. Pratt and Belinda Marden Pratt and was born in Salt Lake City, Sept. 1, 1854, where her girlhood days were spent. She was a student of the University of Deseret, where she taught a class of 20 beginners besides pursuing her own studies when only 16 years of age. At 16 she came to Fillmore where she taught until her mother’s family came there to make their home in April of 1872, she married Franklin Alonzo Robison, who survives her. She was the mother of six sons and six daughters. Eleven of whom are living. All her life Mrs. Robison had been an ardent Church worker. She had a literary taste and talent of no small ability. Previous to the position she filled at the time of her death as the stake president of the Relief society, she had been its secretary and also been the president of the Young Ladies Mutual in the stake and had also worked in the Religion class. She served as school trustee and was twice elected county recorder. In these positions of trust her services were satisfactory and her duties well performed.

The funeral was held in the Fillmore ward house April 25, and the large assemblage of all classes of people gave evidence of the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The speakers were Christian Anderson and Joseph D. Smith, both of whom had formerly been her bishops, Willis E. Robison, Orvil L. Thompson, first counselor in the stake presidency, President A.A. Hinckley and Bishop Peter L. Brunson, all of whom voiced the sentiment that a noble woman had gone to a well earned reward. Resolutions of respect were read by one of her co-laborers. The music was appropriate. At the close of the services her body was laid in the cemetery and the grave was dedicated by President A.A. Hinckley.

[Deseret News, May 1, 1912, 8]

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


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