Minnie Colegrove (1872-1948)

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Minnie Colegrove Ashby
Minnie Colegrove.jpg
Born: 25 Sep 1872 Fillmore, Utah
Died: 1 Dec 1948 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Harley Ingersoll Colegrove
Mother: Helen Venera McBride
Siblings: Lester Clark Colegrove
Minnie Colegrove
Harley Eugene Colegrove
Spouse: Richard Truman Ashby
Married: 14 Nov 1894 Manti, Utah
Children: Martha Geneva Ashby
Richard Eugene Ashby
Fern Ashby
Alice May Ashby


The Progress, Friday, December 10, 1948:


Mrs. Minnie Colegrove Ashby, 76, widow of Richard P. Ashby, died at her home here December 2, of the causes incident to age. She had been ill only since Thanksgiving.

She was born in Fillmore, Sept. 25, 1872, a daughter of Harley Ingersoll and Helen McBride Colegrove. She had lived here all of her life.

A faithful member of the L.D.S. church, she was a counselor in the Fillmore ward Relief Society for eleven years; and a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

She was married in the Manti L D S temple Nov. 14, 1894 to Mr. Ashby. He died Oct. 15, 1920.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Geneva Speakman Mrs. Fern Robison and Mrs. Alice Robison; and a son, R. Eugene Ashby, all of Fillmore; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Fillmore First Ward chapel by Von Taylor, Bishop.

The service was as follows:

Prelude and Postlude by Margie Robison
Vocal duet, "In a Garden" by Mrs. Merle Hone and Mrs. Orpha Taylor; Margie Robison accompanist
Prayer - T. Clark Callister
Speaker - Rudger Ashby, a grandson
Vocal Solo, "Perfect Day" by grandson Dan Speakman; accompanied by Darlene Robins
Speaker - Ashby Robison, a grandson
Piano and Organ duet, "Oh My Father" - by Margie and Helen Robison
Speaker - Ora Hanson
Closing remarks - Bp. Taylor
Vocal Solo, "That Wonderful Mother of Mine" by Darlene Robins; accompanined by Carolyn Stevens
Benediction - F. H. Partridge
Dedicatory prayer at the grave was by Bishop Taylor

"Aunt Min" as she was affectionately known to her friends, was a dear, sweet, kindly person who received her greatest pleasure from serving others.

All of her family were present at the services except two grandsons, Doyle Robison who is serving in the Swedish Mission and Scott Speakman, who is laboring as a missionary in Kansas. Rudger Ashby had returned from his mission a few days before her death.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the services included Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Speakman and two daughters, who came form Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Dell Ashby and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Noble Peterson and Mr. and Mrs. Otis Walch, Delta; Mrs. Helen Derrick, Salt Lake City; Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Speakman, son and daughter, of McGill, Nevada; and Mr. Frank Robison of Logan.

Burial took place in the Fillmore cemetery under direction of the Olpin Mortuary.


By Newel Dwight Day

Tribute to a Kind Lady
Minnie Colegrove Ashby

Dear Friends, I want to tell you

Of a Lady, who to me,

Is just a little better than

The best of folks you'll see.

She's pure execllence in the traits

of being sweet and good and kind

And I'll venture that she's just the same

In everybody's mind.

I've loved her since I was a kid

For something I can't forget.

She had Alice and Mother had me,

And in Relief Society we met.

Well, Alice had some candy

And I think a little gum,

And because of her persuasion

Alice finally gave me some.

Now folks, that's just a little thing

But she touched my childish heart

And from that day on I've watched her

And now her excellence I'll impart.

She's perfection in old fashioned kindness,

Reverence, loyalty and honesty.

Well, I'll tell you who the lady is

She is Minnie C. Ashby.


  • Name variant: Permilla [History, p. 108; Memorial, p. 20]
  • Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 108.
  • Record of Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Fillmore Ward, Millard Stake, 1882 - 1897, p. 29:
Name: Minnie Colegrove
Baptised: 3 Aug 1882, Fillmore
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, p. 135.
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Mrs. Alice Robison
Family of: Lindon Wells Robison & Alice May Ashby
  • McBride, Virginia. Charles R. McBride Memorial, p. 20.
  • The Progress, Friday, December 10, 1954, Obituary: Robison, Fern Ashby
  • 1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City & Precinct, Page #11, Dwelling #88, Family #99, Enumerated 8 Jun 1880:
Colegrove, Harley
Minnie, w, f, 7, dau., single, UT, VT, NY
  • Wedding Notice: Millard County Progress, Friday, November 16, 1894, Local News Notes:
The Clerk this week issued licences to marry to Richard T. Ashby and Minnie Colegrove, aged both 22 years and both of Fillmore city; also to G. R. Hickerson of Snake Valley, aged 23, and Miss Zettie Ramsey of Meadow, aged. 19.
  • Marriage: Millard County Marriage Register, Book B, p. 55, #23:
The People of the Territory of Utah}
County of Millard}
Marriage License
To any person legally Authorized to solemnize marriage, Greeting:
You are hereby Authorized to Join in Holy Matrimony Mr. Richard T. Ashby, of Fillmore City, in the County of Millard, and Territory of Utah, of the age of 22 years, and Miss Minnie Colegrove, of Fillmore City, in the County of Millard, and Territory of Utah, of the age of 22 years.
Witness my hand as clerk of the Probate Court and seal the seal of said Court hereto affixed at my office in Fillmore City, in said County, this 12th day of November A. D. 1894
J. S. Giles Clerk of Probate Court
Territory of Utah, }
} ss.
County of Sanpete, }
I hereby certify, that on the Fourteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four at Manti City in said County, I, undersigned, an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did join in the Holy Bands of Matrimony, according to law, Richard T. Ashby, of the County of Millard Territory of Utah, and Minnie Colegrove of the County of Millard, Territory of Utah. The nature of the ceremony was according to the rites of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a present mutual agreement of marriage between the parties for all time.
John D. G. McAllister
We were Married as stated in this Certificate, and are now husband & wife.
Signed Richard T. Ashby Groom}
Signed Minnie Colegrove Bride}
In the presence of:
John Tuttle Witness}
Wm. B. Lowrey Witness}
  • Death: Sexton's Record Fillmore City Cemetary, Book 3, p. 4, no. 27:
Headstone in Fillmore Cemetery
Minnie C. ASHBY
Age: 76y 2m 6d
Born: Fillmore City
Physician: Dean C. Evans
Cause: Cerebral Hemorrhage
Died: 1 Dec 1948, Fillmore
Buried: Fillmore City Cemetary, block 100, lot 4, grave 2.
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 9:
ASHBY, Minnie C.
BLK 100, Lot 4, Grave 2
d. 12-01-1948