Charlotte Turley Bushman ministers to her daughter, Ella Isadora during illness

Charlotte Turley Bushman died on pneumonia on 1 November 1899 in Fairview, Utah.  Her youngest daughter, Ella Isadora was 16 years old when she died.  Two years later Ella married Rufus Orrin Barker.  Here is an account of her mother’s loving presence during a difficult time.

Jacob Bushman, Ella Isadora Bushman, Charlotte Turley Bushman:bushman-jacob-ella-charlotte

The Theodore Turley Family Book, p. 522

When Ella was not quite 18 she married Rufus Orrin Barker. Their first baby, Basil Orrin, was born 14 months later. When he was six weeks old Ella contracted Lobar pneumonia and was ill many weeks, some of the time in a semi-conscious condition. Someone was constantly by her bedside. The night the fever broke, Ella went through a crisis. Dr. Ray sat by her side all night. He was not a Mormon and when the Elders administered to Ella he would step out of the room. He was a wonderful man, though. The morning after the crisis Ella was alone in the room for a few minutes. Her fever was gone and she was very cold. She tried to get the covers up on her shoulders but was too weak. Suddenly the covers were tucked around her and she saw her mother, Charlotte standing there. Ella was very impressed by her mother to have faith and have the Elders often. Then Charlotte just faded away. When the nurse came in she asked Ella who had covered her, but Ella asked her to send her husband Orrin and father Jacob in. She told them what had happened. From then on they had the Elders every night while she was in bed for two months.


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I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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