Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson was born on November 13, 1883 in Clarkston, Utah, to Charles M. and Agnes Jardine Shumway. She was raised and educated in Cache County, Utah. On February 4, 1902, she was married to James J. Thompson in the Logan LDS Temple. Mrs. Thompson was a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and with her husband, raised eight children in Garland, Utah. The children, three boys (J. Delos, Odell S., and W. Blaine Thompson) and five girls (Agnes, Blanche, Melba, Laura, and Lola Ruth) remained close to their mother until her death on February 29, 1976 at the age of 92. (Biographical information obtained through obituary contained in the March 4, 1976 issue of the Tremonton Leader/Garland Times.)
Exemplifying a senior woman's life in rural Utah from the 1930s to the 1970s, the Shumway Thompson collection focuses on the daily activities of Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson, including what she termed in her diaries as “Mormon handicraft,” or netting and sewing, and her daily interactions with her family members, particularly her daughters. Mrs. Thompson was constantly surrounded by family, and she noted in her 1958 journal that until her husband's death that year, she had spent only a few nights alone. The collection also contains routine events Thompson encountered as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including her weekly attendance of Sunday School, and her interactions with local ecclesiastical leaders.
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Initial Citation: Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries USU_Coll MSS 52, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_Coll MSS 52, USUSCA.
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Letter to Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson from sister Maud
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