Emily May Brough (1907-1978)
and Myron Frederick Holbrook
Quoted from the 1980 RBFO book:
Samuel Richard Brough, 1857-1947: His History, Ancestors & Descendants
Originally given as a funeral eulogy by Samuel Richard Holbrook on April
Emily May Brough was born in Lyman Wyoming on May 5, 1907,
the youngest child of Samuel Richard Brough and Eliza Ann Carter. She
had the privilege of being a daughter of one of the last to those special
Latter-day Saint families to participate in polygamy.
The family of eighteen wonderful children, nine in each
of two households, grew up in a family farm environment where each learned
the value of good, honest labor and where they learned to create their
own entertainment. They were also taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ by
loving parents since their father served as bishop of Lyman for over 25
The family moved to Bountiful, Utah in 1921, when Emily
was 13 years old. They bought the farm of Enoch A. Holbrook, located on
Ninth North and Main Street. Little did Emily know at that time that she
would become a member of that Holbrook family just eight years later.
She completed her education in the Davis County Schools,
following which she took voice training at the McCune School of Music
in Salt Lake City. She also began what was to become a wonderful career
with Mountain Bell Telephone Company.
Emily was always active in her church and rendered a continuous
service from her childhood. It was through this service that she met,
and eventually married, her wonderful mate. They became acquainted while
participating in a three-act play at Mutual in the Bountiful 1st Ward.
It was love at first sight, and she married Myron F. Holbrook on October
21, 1929, in the Salt Lake City L.D.S. Temple.
Their first child, Lois Mae, was born on their wedding anniversary
day just one year later. Soon to follow was a son, Samuel Richard, and
then another daughter, Elaine. Eleven long years passed before another
daughter, Helen, was born.
During this time of having a family, Emily was active in
many church positions. She especially loved the time she spent as Relief
Society President and also her work in Junior Sunday School as coordinator
and later as chorister.
Emily was blessed with a beautiful soprano voice and her
brother Hyrum with a strong tenor voice. They were to share these beautifully
matched voices with others for over forty years at church and civic functions
and at funeral services everywhere. An excerpt taken from one of the many
"thank you" notes sent to them is typical of what was expressed
on many occasions:
"We appreciate the talents which God has given you
and your willingness to share those talents with us. What perfect harmony!
It was like the angels singing to soothe and comfort me. May He who gave
your talents preserve them through the years that you may raise your voices
in song to those bowed down in tears."
Emily was always an early riser and because of this she
accomplished much each day. She made every move count, as was evidenced
by her ability to pick twice as many berries as anyone else in the berry
patch. She was a fast walker. Her short legs have caused many to almost
jog to keep up with her. As a mother and homemaker she had many talents.
She had the ability to make each meal a banquet with nothing more than
a loaf of homemade bread and a quart of home-canned fruit. She could stretch
money further, can fruit faster, straighten up a home quicker, take more
calls as an operator, and find time to express love to everyone she met.
She especially loved flowers, her children and grandchildren,
her beloved sister Eveline, the Jassamine Literary Club, the Telephone
Pioneers, her husband, and the Lord, and doing things for others.
She despised diets, being called "Granny", "gossip",
and anything else that wasn't good and uplifting.
Emily had great faith and believed very deeply in the power
of prayer. She always had time to give a listening ear, whether it be
husband, children, grandchildren or friends.
She is survived by her loving husband, her children, 15
grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, brothers Hyrum and Lester, and
half-sisters Laura and Netti. She also claims as survivors her beloved
sister Eveline's three daughters, Marilyn, Gwen, and Carrie, and sister
Viola's daughter Winona and son Lloyd.
If we were to find one word to describe Emily, it would
be LOVE. May that love which she gave to each of us continue to be a part
of our lives and may we share it with others as she was so inclined to