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Clara Mabel Packer

Clara Mabel Packer

Female 1878 - 1929  (51 years)

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  • Name Clara Mabel Packer  [1, 2
    Born 26 Jun 1878  Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 Dec 1929  Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried 1 Jan 1930  Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I1807  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2016 

    Father Alonzo Hamilton Packer,   b. 14 Apr 1841, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1917, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Lydia Ann Parker,   b. 19 Nov 1847, Ekfrid, Middlesex, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1918, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 6 Jul 1869  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Family ID F2668  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Myron Marcellus Crandall,   b. 2 Oct 1875, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1951, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1896  Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. Myron Hamilton Crandall,   b. 28 Nov 1897, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1962, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Floyd Oscar Crandall,   b. 18 Dec 1899, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1962, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +3. Paul Leslie Crandall,   b. 28 Nov 1901, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     4. Zelma Crandall,   b. Abt 1904, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Loise Crandall,   b. Abt 1906, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Loree Mary Crandall,   b. 6 Apr 1906, Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1978, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. Louis Packer Crandall,   b. 7 Nov 1909, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1974, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     8. Genevieve Crandall,   b. 13 Nov 1911, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1988, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     9. Lee Alonzo Crandall,   b. Abt 1914, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 104 years)
     10. James Clarence Crandall,   b. 31 Aug 1922, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 2002, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F2642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Clara Mabel Packer
    Clara Mabel Packer

  • Notes 
    • Died of injuries sustained in a car accident.

      Author unknown -- the Relief Society president referred to is Clara Mabel Packer, and the "Lee Crandall" mentioned is her son Lee Alonzo Crandall:

      "Grandma Nichols was on the way to the temple for the wedding of her son Lee in the Mesa Temple, when the accident occurred at the corner of Main and Gilbert Road, which was way out in the desert. She was serving as a counselor in the ward Relief Society at the time and she and the Relief Society President were on the way to the temple for the wedding. The RS President was driving the car then they were hit and killed. The wedding had to be postponed until after the funeral. One of the older gentlemen in our ward who became a great friend of mine because he was always studying the gospel and knew the latest discoveries about the Book of Mormon, etc. His name was Lee Crandall, and he was always giving firesides etc. He was awesome. We shared books back and forth and one day we were talking family history and I related mine and he about fell out of his chair -- his mother was the Relief Society President that was driving the car when she and Grandma were hit and killed. Small world isn't it."

      According to an account of the life of Clara Packer written by her daughter Zelma (b. 1904), in papers of Paul Leslie Crandall now held by P & T Nielsen Hayden, the accident happened on 10 Oct 1929, and while Viola Nichols died in the hospital three hours after the accident, Clara "was seriously injured and never fully recovered, but was able to come to [the Gilbert Relief Society] meeting on Nov. 5, and did not miss a meeting until the end of the year. She presided for the last time on December 17, 1929."

      According to the same account, on 17 Jan 1928 Clara Packer succeeded Barbara Allen as president of the Gilbert Relief Society. Barbara Allen had herself been elected on 13 Jul 1927, but moved to Mesa in January 1928. We believe this Barbara Allen to be, in fact, Clara Packer's daughter-in-law, TNH's grandmother.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] 1920 United States Federal Census, on Ancestry.com.

    2. [S931] Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants by John Cortland Crandall. New Woodstock, NY, 1949.

    3. [S568] Family records of Barbara Allen Crandall (1903-2003).

    4. [S1015] The Life and Times of Alonzo Hamilton Packer and His Wife Lydia Ann Parker by John A. Freestone, 1999. Use with caution.

    5. [S229] On Footings From the Past: The Packers in England, by Donna Smith Packer. 1988. Use with caution.