Fern Ashby (1898-1954)

Fern Ashby Robison

Grandma Robison
Born:2 Oct 1898 Fillmore, Utah
Died:5 Dec 1954 Fillmore, Utah
Father:Richard Truman Ashby
Mother:Minnie Colegrove
Siblings:Martha Geneva Ashby
Richard Eugene Ashby
Fern Ashby
Alice May Ashby
Married:20 Dec 1916 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse:Aaron Wayne Robison
Children:Wayne Ashby Robison
Harold Raymond Robison
Franklin Duane Robison
E Doyle Robison
Richard Ashby Robison

The Progress, Friday, December 10, 1954:

Funeral Service for
Fern Robison to be
Held Friday, Dec. 10

Mrs. Fern Ashby Robison, 56, died at her home here at 5:35 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 1954. She had been ill for about six weeks.

She was born in Fillmore, Oct. 2, 1898 to Richard T. and Minnie Colegrove Ashby. She married A. Wayne Robison Dec. 20, 1916, in the Salt Lake L D S Temple. She had lived in Fillmore all of her life.

Mrs. Robison was very active in the L D S Church, and had served as an officer in most of the Auxiliary organizations. She was a good wife, mother, friend and neighbor, and her presence will be missed by everyone
in the community.

She is survived by her husband;  five sons: W. Ashby, H. Ray and Duane, all of Fillmore;  Doyle of Cleveland, Ohio, and Richard, who is with the Army in Germany;  two sisters: Mrs. Geneva Speakman and Mrs. Alice Robison, and one brother, R. Eugene Ashby, Fillmore;  and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m., in the Fillmore First Ward Chapel under direction of A. LaVoy Kimball, counselor to Bishop Ashby Robison.

Friends may call at the family home Thursday evening and Friday until time for the service. Burial will be in the Fillmore City cemetery under the direction of Olpin Mortuary.
Funeral Services

The Progress, Friday, December 17, 1954:


An impressive funeral service for Fern Robison, wife of Wayne Robison, was held in the First Ward Church Friday, December 10, 1954, at 1 o'clock p.pm, with A. LaVoy Kimball, Counselor to Bishop Ashby Robison, conducting.

Those participating were as follows:

Prayer at the home - Lindon Robison

Prelude and Postlude music by Helen Robison.

Invocation - Parker Robison.

Piano and organ duet, "Oh, My Father" was played by Helen and LaRae Robison.

Rudger Ashby was the first speaker, and he was followed by Scott Speakman.

Carolyn Callister sang "Calvary", accompanied by Helen Robison.

President Preal George was the third speaker, and Mr. Kimball made the closing remarks.

Dan Speakman sang, "End of a Perfect Day".

Junior Robison offered the closing prayer and the grave was dedicated by Eugene Ashby.

With the exception of Mr. Kimball and Mr. George, all who participated in the service were close family members of Mrs. Robison, and the manner in which they presented the parts assigned to them revealed the great love which every one had for the departed. She had lived a life of service to her family and friends.

Mrs. Robison died at her home Sunday evening, Dec. 5, after an illness of about six weeks. She is survived by her husband; five sons: Ashby, Ray and Duane, all of Fillmore; Doyle of Cleveland, Ohio, and Richard, who is with the Army in Germany; two sisters, Mrs. Neva Speakman and Mrs. Alice Robison; one brother, Eugene Ashby, Fillmore; and nine grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Robison came by train from Cleveland, Ohio to attend the services. Richard was not able to come home, but the other sons and families were here. Also traveling some distance for the service were a nephew, Vaughn Speakman, wife and children of Brownwood, Texas, Dan Speakman, a nephew, who came from Albuquerque, New Mexico; Scott Speakman, of Salt Lake Ciyt; Mrs. Evelyn Bailey, Los Angeles, Wayne's sister; Henry Steggel (brother-in-law to Wayne) Salt Lake; Rudger Ashby, a nephew, Helen Robison, Gay Mitchell and Carolyn Callister, all from BYU; Mr. and Mrs. Parker Robison, Salt Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Ray McBride, Tooele.

Both the chapel and the large room in the church were filled to capacity, including many from the neighboring towns, who were too numerous to mention.


*Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 30.

*The Progress, Friday, 10 Dec 1948, Obituary: Ashby, Minnie Colegrove

*Millard County Chronicle Progress, Vol. 76, No. 40, 10 Apr 1986, p. 11, Obituary: Robison, Aaron Wayne

*LDS Church News, week ending 9 Mar 1991, New Mission Presidents, Calling: Robison, E Doyle

*Deseret News Archives, Wednesday, August 13, 1997, Obituary: Robison, Harold Raymond

*The Salt Lake Tribune, Thursday, 8 May 2003, Obituary: Robison, Wayne Ashby

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Robison, Fern Ashby
                                   Born: Oct 1898
                                   Blessed: 6 Nov 1938
                                   Recorded: Vol. 1005, Page 3

*Club: The Progress, Vol. 25, No. 29, Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, Friday, 21 Jul 1916,  p. 8:
            On Thursday evening of last week the "Atequa Swarm" [of the Bee Hive girls] went on a hike to the "Lone Pine" farm in the mountains east of Fillmore, where they enjoyed a camp fire supper, a shower bath and a sleepless night's rest, followed by a hurried breakfast and a bouncing trip to town. Mrs. Jennie Ashby is the keeper of this swarm, Rose Davies her assistant and the members are Myrtle Brunson, Ruby Day, Florence Lyman, Fern Ashby, Fauntella Davies, Hazel Stott, Jane McBride and Margie Warner.

*Death: Sexton's Record, Fillmore City Cemetary, Book 3, p. 7, no. 25:
            Fern Ashby ROBISON
            Age: 56y 2m 3d
            Born: Fillmore City
            Physician: D. C. Evans
            Cause: Cancer of Breast
            Died: 28 Dec 1954
            Buried:  Fillmore City Cemetary, block 33, lot 2, grave 2.

*Note: Despite what the city burial records state, Grandma died from a subdural hemhorrhage, in Ashby and
            Ray's arms. Grandpa arrived to hear her last "goodbye" (screams of horrible pain).
            Ashby Robison Interview 16 Apr 1995

*Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 41:
                        ROBISON, Fern Ashby
                        BLK 33, Lot 4, Grave 2
                        d. 12-05-1954

*Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Master List, by Deceased Name, 13 Jun 1994, p. 386:
                        ROBISON, Fern Ashby
                        BLK 33, Lot 4, Grave 2
                        b. Fillmore, Utah
                        d. 12-05-1954 Fillmore, Utah
                        Comments: Age at death - 56 yrs 2 mo 3 days
                        Current Owner: Robison, A. Wayne Deceased

                        Original Owner: Robison, A. Wayne

*Gravestone:           Fern Ashby                  Aaron Wayne
                               Oct. 2, 1898                 Mar. 6, 1896
                               Dec. 5, 1954                 Apr. 6, 1986

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