Brigham Young's Great-Granddaughter Passes Away In Chattanooga

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - by Phil Smartt

Mrs. Ruth Card Ashby, great-granddaughter of Brigham Young, peacefully passed away on Monday in Chattanooga. She was 101 years old.

Brigham Young was known as the Great Colonizer of the American West, and second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He supervised the trek of thousands of religious refugees across the western frontier of the United States where they established successful settlements.  He served two terms as the territorial governor of Utah and assisted in building telegraph and railroad lines, and America’s first department store (mormon.org).  He was a proponent of giving women the right to vote.  He founded Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. His statue is in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  But about his accomplishments, Brigham Young said, “I do not care what men say about me.  I want my character to stand fair in the eyes of my Heavenly Father” (quoted in Arrington, American Moses). Brigham Young was a prophet who built “beyond himself.”  Shortly after entering the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young said, “Here we will build the temple of our God.” 

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple commenced in 1853 and was completed in 1893.  Almost 80 years ago, Ruth Card married William C. Ashby in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity.  Like her great-grandfather, Mrs. Ashby was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She was a graduate of Brigham Young University, a devoted wife, homemaker and missionary.  She and Will served as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida, Tennessee and in Mauritius – an Indian Ocean island nation. Ruth grew up in Cardston, Alberta, Canada in a little house on the corner.  Of her idyllic childhood, she said she never heard a disagreement between her parents, Joseph Young Card and Pearl Eliza Christensen Card.  In her golden years, Ruth was blessed to live with her son, Eric, and his wife, Florence Pratt Ashby.  

Mrs. Ruth Ashby is survived by her children, William Card (Claire) Ashby of Draper, Utah; Arda Ruth (Ian) Shields of BC, Canada; Erin K. Ashby of Galesville, Al.; Eric (Florence) Ashby of Chattanooga; and Dr. Eda Ashby of Rexburg, Id.  She is also survived by her siblings, Marie Burnham; Rhea Matkin; and Lincoln Card; 24 grandchildren; and over 70 great-grandchildren.  Ruth’s husband preceded her in death but welcomed her home on Dec. 10.  Especially during Christmas, we give thanks for the Resurrection and Atonement of Jesus Christ who rose triumphant from the grave.  Because of the Risen Christ, “death is swallowed up in victory,” and all is well (1 Corinthians 15:54).   

Funeral services for Mrs. Ashby will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3067 Ooltewah Ringgold Road.  Burial will be in the American Fork City Cemetery, American Fork, Utah.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to www.ldsphilanthropies.org.


Sound Of Tennessee Barbershop Choir Sings At Red Back Hymnal Singing

"I Need Some Time" Continues Sunday At Metro Tab Church

Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Supports Prayer Breakfast


The “Sound of Tennessee” barbershop choir sang to a packed house on Sunday night at the Hullander Farm in Apison. The choir is one of 30 that will compete in international completion this ... (click for more)

The series "I Need Some Time" continues Sunday at Metropolitan Tabernacle Church with worship at 10:30 a.m. The message will be brought by Dr. Steve Ball the founder and senior pastor. Come ... (click for more)

More than 2,100 people, including local members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the greater Chattanooga area, supported the 41st Annual Chattanooga Area Leadership Prayer ... (click for more)


Church

Sound Of Tennessee Barbershop Choir Sings At Red Back Hymnal Singing

The “Sound of Tennessee” barbershop choir sang to a packed house on Sunday night at the Hullander Farm in Apison. The choir is one of 30 that will compete in international completion this summer. The group is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The choir is directed by Chad and Brandon Guyton from Cleveland. The group has several men from Knoxville, North Georgia and Chattanooga. ... (click for more)

"I Need Some Time" Continues Sunday At Metro Tab Church

The series "I Need Some Time" continues Sunday at Metropolitan Tabernacle Church with worship at 10:30 a.m. The message will be brought by Dr. Steve Ball the founder and senior pastor. Come early at 10 a.m. and enjoy coffee and breakfast bars with the pastoral staff. Music will led by Worship Pastors Adam and Olivia Aziz along with the Metro Praise Team, choir and band. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Ex-Wife Arrested Along With Man In Death Of Roger Dale Miller, Whose Bound Body Was Found In Meigs County

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and multiple East Tennessee law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of two people who face charges in connection to last week’s homicide of a Decatur, Tn., man. At the request of 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI agents joined law enforcement officers from the Decatur ... (click for more)

Judge Sets $300,000 Bond For Woman Facing Attempted Murder Charge Who Is Described As "Sweet Like Pie"

A woman described as a “peacemaker” and “sweet like a piece of pie” had her bond set at $300,000 after prosecutors said she aided her brother and his friend in a brutal murder. Charged with attempted first-degree murder, Sherquilla Hubbard faces a possible lengthy prison term for her role in the 2018 crime. Ms. Hubbard, 24, appeared in Hamilton County Criminal Court before Judge ... (click for more)

Opinion

Put Money Towards Our Youth Instead Of Remodeling Downtown

Our school systems are weakening more and more each year. The school system is always put on the back burner financially. No raise for teachers, no remodels, not even new books for our children. When budget cuts come from city officials they take from the schools first. How can you get an education when your building is falling apart? Instead of remodeling downtown Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Too Good To Be True

I spend several hours every day practicing what I call “My Morning Reading.” I search for stories I think will be of interest to a what has become a large group of followers because I love to share stories on just about any subject and, if they are funny, have the ability to inspire, or pass along wisdom that’s all the better. Sometimes, however there is a price to pay. About 20 ... (click for more)