Wednesday, September 28, 2011




Family of Bert and Rachel Kirkham Wanlass
Rachel Kirkham Wanlass and Sister-in-law, Sarah Wrigley Kirkham
Rachel, daughter of George and Mary Russon Kirkham, was born May 9th, 1875 in Lehi, Utah, and died 1 April 1964 at Monroe, Utah and buried in Monroe.  She married Joseph Wanlass 20 April 1897 in the Salt Lake Temple.  He was son of James Wanlass and Margaret Nielson.

Rachel, with a very pleasant and cheerful disposition was a delight to her parents and brothers and sisters.  She was her Mother  constant helper.  She loved her church and her school and aided younger members of her family to get off to their duties.  She was baptized by her father on her eighth birthday. 

At age fifteen, Rachel was employed as clerk by her Uncles James Kirkham in his mercantile store in Lehi, Utah, then was employed by Broadbent and Sons Mercantile Store in Lehi, Utah.  Some time later she moved to Salt Lake City and was employed and where she could also help her father while he was working on the tabernacle and Temple.  It was while she was in Salt Lake, she met and was married to Joseph Wanlass.  They made their home in Lehi soon after,  during the years of 1904-1917 she served as Primary Association Missionary and Teacher.  She served as Second Counselor, then first Counselor and later as President of the Primary Association, Lehi Ward.  She served as Stake Missionary in Sevier Stake when the family moved to Monroe, Utah, and then was chosen as counselor to the President of the Relief Society for a period of five years.  She served for over forty years as Relief Society teacher.  She served as work director for eight years.

Her hobbies were quilting, crocheting and knitting.  He beautiful work has received many awards.  One lovely table cloth was among the exhibits at the third National Crochet Contest of the American Women  Association in New York City, N. Y.  During World War II she knitted 118 stump and toe socks for the American Red Cross for service men, 12 woolen gloves, many sweaters and scarves.  She was presented a pin from the Federal Government for her outstanding contributions.  During the last few years of her life she made more than 400 lace doilies for friends and presented many to teenagers, both girls and boys.  In 1957 Rachel was chosen candidate for  other of the Year by Sanpete-Sevier Federated Women  Clubs.

Children of Joseph and Rachel Kirkham Wanlass
Joseph Earl Wanlass
Sylvan George Wanlass
Marie Margarite Wanlass
LeRoy James Wanlass
Thelma Lela Wanlass Meyer
Zona Wanlass West
Floyd Kirkham Wanlass
Ezeline Doone Wanlass

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