Chris & Julie Petersen's Genealogy

Mary Lucile Burnhope

Female 1904 - 2003  (99 years)

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  • Name Mary Lucile Burnhope 
    Born 1 Apr 1904  Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Apr 2003  Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 25 Apr 2003  Salt Lake Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I202  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 27 May 2021 

    Father Isaac Burnhope,   b. 7 Sep 1873, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1953, Price, Carbon, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Annie Marie Christensen,   b. 22 Feb 1873, Bear River, Box Elder, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1925, Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1896  Elwood, Box Elder, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Don Edwin Swenson,   b. 16 Mar 1904, Tetonia, Teton, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1946, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 28 Jun 1929  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F192  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Obituary mentions:
      a. Mentioned in mother Annie Marie Christensen's obituary of 29 Jun 1925: "Surviving are her husband and three children: Mrs. Lamar W. Harris, Lucile and Donald Burnhope."
      b. Mentioned in father Isaac Burnhope's obituary of 5 Sep 1953: "Survivors: widow, Bothwell; one son and two daughters, Donald Burnhope, Helper, Mrs. Frances W. (Margurite) Kirkham and Mrs. Lucille B. Swenson, Salt Lake City."
      c. Mentioned in grandfather Thomas Burnhope's obituary of 4 Apr 1922: "Four granddaughters of the deceased acted as flower bearers, Miss Marguerite Burnhope, Miss Lucile Burnhope, Miss Helen Petersen and Miss Thelma Peterson."

      2. Reviewed Worldconnect 8 Dec 2002.

      3. Lucile wrote her several very detailed and descriptive biographies of several dozen pages from June 1969 through July 1988. I have copies on file of which some details of genealogical interest I here relate. She was born 1 Apr 1904 in Ogden, Utah. She was the third daughter born to Isaac and Anna Marie Christensen Burnhope; Marguerite was first, Florence Ethel was second but died a year and a half before Lucile was born. When Lucile was one month old, her father gave up his job with the railroad and moved to Bothwell, Utah. Bothwell was known first as Point Lookout, later as Roweville, then Bothwell. Isaac had worked for the railroad since he was 10 so to change to farming at 31 was a challenge. The farm size increased and eventually included a 640 dry farm. The peak on the east side of the dry farm looked just like a pyramid and eventually became known as "Ike's Peak" for Isaac. Seven years later Donald, her brother, was born. She attended boarding school at Sacred Heart Academy in Ogden, Utah. She studied music at the McCune School of Music in Salt Lake City; one of her teachers was Edward P. Kimball, tabernacle organist. In June 1925 her mother died at the age of 52; at this time Marguerite was married but Donald and Lucile were still at home. It was a difficult time for her father and he thought of moving; however, after a trip through Southern Utah, he became so homesick that they returned to the old farm where her father lived until he died at the age of 80. Lucile met Don E. Swenson in the Salt Lake City North 18th Ward. While she studied music on scholarship in Chicago, he went to Los Angeles to work. On 28 Jun 1929 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple by David O. McKay. They lived for a short time in Chicago and Los Angeles before making their home in Salt Lake City in the North 18th Ward. Four children were born to them: Don, Carole, Bernice, and Claron. Her husband, Don Edwin, died Sep. 5, 1946 in Salt Lake City and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery Sep. 9, 1946; the children at the time were ages five through fifteen. Her boys all served LDS missions and all were married in temples. By 1969, she had 14 grandchildren. Her complete name is Mary Lucile but appears to have always used only Lucile. The home in which she was born was on the same block as her grandparents Tomas and Mary Ann Burnhope who lived at 2264 Madison Ave. in Ogden. She was born at 2246 Madison Ave. She was baptized July 13, 1912 in the Bear River canal about one mile north of their home. She was confirmed the next day in the Bothwell ward.
      She notes the family would take the train to Ogden for Christmas at her grandparents Thomas and Mary Ann Burnhope's home of which she relates: "Their home at 2264 Madison Avenue was a two story house with an open staircase leading to the upstairs. Grandma's parlor had beautiful English furniture and trinkets from England that were not to be touched, but we could look at them with our hands behind our back. Except for Christmas and very special occasions the parlor was closed. The house was heated with coal stoves, but they did have electric lights and a real bathroom which was a new experience for me. I liked to play on the stairs most of all. My cousins, the Petersens were always there too. They lived in Ogden not far from our grandparents. My Aunt Mary Ann Petersen was my father's only sister, and father was her only brother. They were very close at this time and we always had a wonderful time when we were all at Grandma's house. One event that I always looked forward to at my grandparent's house was on Christmas Eve. After our stockings were all hung up for Santa Claus we had stories, and then Grandma treated us to their English Christmas Eve traditional ceremony. Grandma and grandpa Burnhope were both born in England and lived there until they joined the LDS church and sailed for America in 1868. They met in Ogden and were married in the LDS Endowment House in Salt Lake City on Nov. 18, 1872. There were some English traditions that they continued to enjoy. Grandma would fill a plate with large seeded raisins and pour a small amount of brandy over the top of them. Then grandpa would strike a match and set fire to the raisins and brandy. The flames would go up about a foot. Then each person had to try to get a raisin or two out of the flames. We all succeeded because the fire didn't seem to be hot. The raisins were delicious. When we finished the raisins we had English Christmas cake and a very tiny (about one inch high) glass of what Grandma called her own English wine. I don't know how she made it but it was good. Then the children were sent to bed while the parents and grandparents played checkers and chess until the wee hours. These trips to Ogden were so special. After Grandma died in May 1919 we never again had our English Christmas Eve. Then Grandpa Burnhope came to live with us in Bothwell until he died in March 1922."
      She notes in early Sept. 1917, her sister Marguerite at age 19 was called on an 18 month mission to the Northwestern States Mission with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Their parents had not been married in the temple so they all went to the Salt Lake temple on 12 Sep 1917; the parents were endowed and then all were sealed together including the deceased daughter Florence.
      She notes the following about her children: Don B. fulfilled an LDS mission to the Indian Mission in Arizona and New Mexico in 1951 for two years. Claron fulfilled a mission to the South African Mission in 1961 for two years. Don B., Carole, Bernice, and Claron all attended the Univ. of Utah. Carole married Lynn Williams in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 19, 1953. Don B. married Nola Rosell in the Salt Lake Temple June 24, 1954. Bernice married Klaus Guertler in the Logan Temple Sep. 6, 1962. Claron married Carol Gappmayer in the Salt Lake Temple Dec. 17, 1965. Carole and Lynn had four children (Bart was born 9 Jan 1955, Terese 28 Jul 1956, Bret, 20 May 1959, and Steven 2 Feb 1961.) Don B. and Nola had four Childen (Michael born 15 Jul 1956, Daren 31 Jan 1958, Douglas, 22 Sep 1960, and Kendall 28 Mar 1963). Bernice and Klaus had four children (Monika 6 Jul 1963, Hans 28 Oct 1964, Christian 29 Jul 1966, and Andreas 7 Jul 1968). Claron and Carol had three children (Scott 17 Jul 1967 - died 28 Nov 1967, David Claron 27 Oct 1968, Kelly Ann 12 Jul 1970).
      She references the following biographies which I do not have:
      a. A short sketch of Lars C. Christensen (her mother's father). He wrote it in Danish and then later dictated it in english to Lucile's mother when the mother was 18.
      b. Sketches of the lives of Anders C. Christensen and his wife Sophie Marie Christensen (Lucile's mother's grandparents). It was written by Lucile's sister Marguerite.
      c. Sketch of the life of Isaac Burnhope (Lucile's father). Isaac wrote the first 18 years of his life in 1942 and then Lucile completed the story in 1981.
      d. Life story of Anna Marie Christensen Burnhope (Lucile's mother). First part was written by Marguerite and then completed by Lucile in 1981.
      e. An additional sketch "My Father Isaac Burnhope" (Lucile's father). Written by Marguerite in 1940.
      f. Short biography of Marguerite Burnhope Kirkham given by Carole Swenson Williams at Marguerite's memorial service June 15, 1981.
      g. Tour of England, Wales, and Scotland by Carole Swenson Williams, 1984, where she visited the places of the Burnhopes and Osbornes.

      4. Censuses:
      1910 US: Rawlins, Box Elder, Utah, p. 10 or 16, 17 May 1910, #24:
      Isaac Burnhope, 36, md. 13 years, UT Eng Eng, farmer.
      Anna, wife, 37, md. 13 years, 3 total children with 2 living, UT Den Den.
      Marguerite, dau., 12, UT UT UT.
      Lucile, dau., 6, UT UT UT.

      1. See biographical sketch cited above.

      2. FHL film 392640 LDS "Patriarchal Blessings Index": Mary Lucile Burnhope, b. 1 Apr 1904 at Ogden, Utah, parents Isaac Burnhope and Anna Christiana Christensen. Blessing date 23 Feb 1922. Lineage: Ephraim. Patriarch James P. Christensen. Vol. 704, p. 119.

      1. See biographical sketch cited above; On 28 Jun 1929 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple by David O. McKay.

      1. 21 Apr 2003 email from Ken Burnhope: "This morning, 21 Apr 2003, Mary Lucile Burnhope Swenson died at the age of 99. She had been living with her daughter Carole until three days ago when they could no longer take care of her. Carole said that she died of an apparent heart attack, but nothing final."

      1. Salt Lake Tribune on 4/23/2003: "Lucile Burnhope Swenson 4/1/1904 - 4/21/2003 Lucile Burnhope Swenson, noted pianist, teacher, and composer, devoted and beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on April 21, 2003, at the age of 99. She was born April 1, 1904, in Ogden, Utah, to Isaac and Anna Marie Christensen Burnhope. Married Don Edwin Swenson in the Salt Lake Temple on June 28, 1929. He died September 5, 1946. Lucile was a woman of uncommon optimism and gentleness, constantly inspiring and encouraging others by her positive outlook on life and her devotion to her family, church and music. She has touched, nurtured and blessed the lives of many. An accomplished musician, she served as pianist and choral director in LDS wards and stakes in Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Graduated as a soloist and teacher of piano from Sacred Heart Academy and from McCune School of Music and Art, where she was on the piano faculty for many years. She attended the University of Utah as she furthered her degree in music. Her love for music and excellence in performance brought her scholarships with Edward P. Kimball, Rudolph Ganz, Troy Sanders, and Dr. Oscar Wagner of Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She was a member of the Tabernacle Choir, and played violin in concert orchestras. She composed and published the well-known teaching method "Discovering the Piano - The Multiple Key Approach." She served as chapter president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Utah Music Teachers Assoc., served as state president of the Utah Music Teachers Assoc., and as a member of the Southwestern Division of the Music Teachers Nat'l Assoc. She was selected to go to Europe on the "People to People Goodwill Tour" of Belgium, Poland, Russia, Italy and France, a program created by President Eisenhower. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Sorority, Alpha Dorian Fine Arts Club and the National Federation of Music Clubs. She was pianist for the Professional Chamber Music and Solo Performance Group of Salt Lake City. She traveled extensively, lecturing and presenting workshops dealing with piano teaching methods. She was a devoted teacher of music and a composer, writing for choir, ladies trio, piano and string ensemble, and was a successful businesswoman and editor of music publications. Lucile organized and performed with her children in the "Singing Violins." Survived by her four children: Don B. (Nola) Swenson, Carole (Lynn) Williams, Bernice (Klaus) Guertler, and Claron E. (Carol) Swenson; many grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Don; a sister, Marguerite Kirkham; brother, Donald Burnhope; and two grandsons, Steven Williams and Scott Swenson. Funeral services will be held Fri., April 25, 2003, at 12:00 noon at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 So., Salt Lake City; where friends and relatives may visit on Thurs. 6-8 p.m. and on Friday, one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery."

      1. Per family group sheet prepared 7 Feb 2002 by Kenneth "D" Burnhope, 1048 East 5235 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 801-266-4732,