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Pearl Eva Spencer

Pearl Eva Spencer

Female 1914 - 1949  (34 years)

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    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    This is the only photograph that my father had of his mother. She died in a car accident while he was still a teenager. Pearl is on the far left. The other two women are unidentified. The photo was taken prior to 1949 either in Utah or New Mexico.
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    with sister-in-law Frances Montoya Sanchez
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Pearl Eva Spencer (on the left); other woman remains unidentified at this time; little girl is unidentified and is not thought to be daughter Juanita or Margie.
    Pearl Eva Spencer (on the left); other woman remains unidentified at this time; little girl is unidentified and is not thought to be daughter Juanita or Margie.
    From the collection of Syndi Montoya Miller
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya
    From the collection of Margie Montoya

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    Spencer Family Media and Histories

  • Name Pearl Eva Spencer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • Her birth certificate indicates that she was named Helen May Spencer. She was never known by this name and was always known as Pearl Eva Spencer. Apparently her parents changed their minds about her name - and never amended the birth certificate.
    Born 22 Sept 1914  Payson, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date/location of birth are from Utah Birth Certificate; named Helen May Spencer; parents may have changed their minds about the name and never amended the Birth Certificate.
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Birth Certificate
    Gender Female 
    Census 6 Jan 1920  Mammoth, Juab County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misindexed as "Pearl Spenser," age 5 born abt 1915 in Utah; Indexed as "daughter" of Carl Person, 41, who immigrated from Sweden in 1905, ore miner; (which she is not - she is the daughter of George Francis Spencer - her parents are divorced); the family rents their home; mother Elise, 31; It appears from the census that Pearl's brothers are indexed separately and are living next door in a separate dwelling; however, this could be an enumerator error - brothers Francis, 16, rail road laborer; and Ernest, 12; Interestingly, the boys are also indexed in 1920 as being with their father George Francis Spencer - so they were enumerated twice.  
    Death of Parent 11 Feb 1925 
    Pearl's mother, Sarah Elsie Gardner Spencer, dies. Pearl is 10 years old. 
    Census 6 Apr 1930  Indianola, Sanpete County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as "Pearl," age 14 born abt 1916; Living with father George, age 59; father owns a home but does not know value; no radio; father is divorced; father married at 28; both can read and write; father is a farm laborer 
    Birth of Son 16 May 1933  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of son Max George Montoya. Max is named after both his paternal grandfather (Maximiano de Herrera Montoya) and his maternal grandfather (George Francis Spencer). Pearl is 18 years old. 
    Birth of Son 31 May 1935  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of son Richard Ernest Montoya. Richard is named after Pearl's older brother Ernest Richard Spencer. I am thinking that Ernest Richard Spencer and Pearl were close. He witnessed her wedding as well. Pearl is 20 years old. 
    Residence 1936  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    U.S. City Directories: Montoya, Jos. C. (Pearl); miner; h663 S. 3d West. (Also in Salt Lake City in 1936 is Peter A. Montoya, laborer with B&G Ry r. Magna (probably Joe's son from a prior marriage) 
    Birth of Daughter 31 May 1937  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of daughter Juanita Montoya. She is named for her paternal grandmother (Maria Juana Adelia Martin Montoya). Juanita was born on her brother Richard's birthday. (I share this same birth date with them!) Pearl is 22 years old.  
    Birth of Son 18 May 1939  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of son Rufino Eugene Montoya. The witness at Pearl's and Joe's wedding was "Eugene" Roybal (probably Joe Montoya's nephew by marriage). Pearl is 24 years old. 
    Census 1940  Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Eva Pearl Montoya, age 25 born abt 1915 in Utah, female, white, 8 years of school; living at 462 Main Street; had been living in Bingham Canyon in 1935; Sheet 4A, married to C. Joe Montoya, age 35; Children: Max, 7; Richard, 5; Juanita, 3; and Eugene, 1; Also in the home is her father George Spencer, age 70; the family has two boarders; Dave Werrett, 71 and John Anderson, 55  
    Birth of Son 20 Jun 1942  Ely, White Pine County, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of son Louis Celestino Montoya. Louie is named after his father Jose Celestino Montoya. the family is living in Nevada for a short period of time while Jose Celestino worked the ore mines there. Pearl is 27 years old.  
    Arrival 1943  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    According to family and confirmed by obituary the family moved to Ogden in 1943. Pearl is 28 years old. 
    Death of Parent 22 Apr 1944 
    Pearl's father George Francis Spencer dies. Pearl is 29 years old. 
    Birth of Daughter 2 May 1945  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of daughter Margie Anne Montoya. The family lives on Union Avenue. Pearl is 30 years old. 
    Religion She was born into the Mormon (LDS) Church; however, no baptismal record has been located. It appears that later she converted to the Catholic Church. 
    Residence 1948  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    U.S. City Directories
    Pearl Montoya, female; living at rear 200 W. 28th; spouse is Joe C. Montoya (employed as section lab OUR&D Co.
    Ogden, Utah, City Directory, 1948 
    Died 18 July 1949  Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Pearl died in the early morning hours of July 18, 1949 in an automobile/truck collision which also claimed the life of her daughter Juanita. Her sons Max and Richard are seriously injured but survived.

      Death Certificate: Pearl had been a resident of Ogden, Weber County, Utah for six years prior to her death. Her residence was listed as 2743 Union Avenue, Ogden, Weber County, Utah. When I did a Google map search I noted that this was near West 28th & Reeves Street and on property owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company. My grandfather, Joe C. Montoya, worked for the railroad, and I believe this was housing provided to rail workers. Pearl died near Wall Avenue & Fourth Street in Ogden (then Highway 5??). Pearl is indexed as "Pearl Spencer Montoya" and as a house wife; her date/location of birth and parents are confirmed. Pearl died of multiple fractures and internal injuries in the automobile accident which occurred on Highway 5 at 4:30 a.m. that morning. Joe C. Montoya, her husband was the informant. The certificate is signed by the coroner. Myers and Foulger was in charge of her funeral/burial. State File No. 45-29038.

      See related news articles regarding the accident. A wrongful death lawsuit ensued over these deaths, the details of which can be read in the article entitled: "Aftermath - Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Jury Trial."
    Pearl Eva Spencer - Death Certificate
    Pearl Eva Spencer - Death Certificate
    Pearl Eva Spencer - Death Certificate - State of Utah
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and Juanita Montoya - The Day that Changed Everything
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and Juanita Montoya - The Day that Changed Everything
    Newspaper accounts of traffic accident that caused Pearl's and Juanita's death.
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya
    Aftermath - Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Jury Trial
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    Pearl Eva Spencer
    News Article regarding accident - Published July 19, 1949 Ogden Standard Examiner
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and Juanita Montoya - Funeral Notice
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and Juanita Montoya - Funeral Notice
    Published: Ogden Standard Examiner: July 20, 1949: MONTOYA - Requiem mass* will be sung Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church for Mrs. Pearl Spencer Montoya and her daughter, Juanita Montoya, wife and daughter of Joe C. Montoya, 2743 Union Ave. Rev. Father Culler in charge. The holy rosary will be recited Thursday at 8…
    Buried 22 July 1949  Payson, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Payson City Cemetery: Plot: 38_17_4N; Pearl shares a stone with her daughter Juanita Montoya; they are laid to rest in a Spencer plot along with her father George Francis Spencer.
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya - Juanita Montoya - Headstone
    Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya - Juanita Montoya - Headstone
    Payson City Cemetery; Payson, Utah County, Utah; Shares a stone with her daughter Juanita Montoya
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ogden, Weber County, Utah
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ogden, Weber County, Utah
    Funeral Mass was held at this church for Pearl and her daughter Juanita on July 22, 1949.
    Notes 
    • Memories - from daughter Margie Ann Montoya - 2008: On the morning of the accident that claimed her mother's life Margie remembers her mother (Pearl) and siblings (Max, Richard and Juanita) were leaving the house to go pick fruit. Margie remembers "pitching a fit" because she wanted to go along too. (Margie had gone with the family to pick fruit the day before). She remembers her mother standing in the door way of the kitchen telling Margie that she could not go - that something bad might happen and she did not want her to be there. Margie said that Pearl had clairvoyant tendencies/abilities. The next thing that Margie remembers is being in the neighbor's kitchen - her father (Jose Celestino) was sitting at the table with his face in his hands and he was crying. She remembers the adults trying to keep her out of the kitchen. After seeing the picture of St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Margie says that she vaguely remembers the day of the funeral. It was never kept hidden that her mother had died. Rather she was told that her mother had gone to heaven and that she was watching out for her from heaven. Margie remembers being taken to Dee Hospital in Ogden. While Joe went up to check on Max and Richard - Margie waited outside on the grass lawn. She remembers her father and looking out of the window and waving to her.
    • Memories - from grandaughter Syndi Montoya (daughter of Rufino Eugene Montoya - Syndi has Pearl's rosary beads as well as the crosses that were on Pearl's and Juanita's caskets. She only knows the stories that she heard growing up - Pearl was beautiful and hard-working. She came from a good English family in Payson and Joe considered himself lucky to have married her. The family was going to pick cherries on the morning of the accident. After her death all of the children were sent to New Mexico to spend the summer with Joe's parents. When they returned to Utah - Joe was already seeing or was already married to Gladys Overson. Syndi says that Pearl converted from Mormonism to Catholicism.
    • Memories - from niece Bonnie Moretenson (daughter of Mary Lodicia Spencer Allias) - Bonnie remembers her Aunt Pearl well. What she remembers most is occasionally visiting the Montoya family in Ogden on the weekends. She remembers that Pearl was always cooking tortillas and beans. The family did not have a hot water heater so Pearl would heat hot water on the stove for everyone to take their baths. Bonnie's mother, Aunt Marie, bought Pearl a washing machine so she wouldn't have to wash clothes by hand. She remembers her Aunt Pearl as being a very loving and kind woman. Bonnie was staying with the family the weekend of the accident - the family wanted Bonnie to go with them to pick fruit but Aunt Marie wanted Bonnie to come home instead. Bonnie and Juanita were not only cousins but good friends. It was a shock to her and the entire family when Juanita and Pearl died. She and Aunt Marie took it very hard. Bonnie remembers the funeral. She said they both looked very beautiful and peaceful in their coffins.
    Person ID P12  Curbow Montoya Family | Curbow Family Branch, Montoya Family Branch, Spencer Family Branch
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2015 

    Father George Francis Spencer,   b. 30 Jun 1870, Payson, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 April 1944, Provo, Utah County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Sarah Elsie Gardner,   b. 4 July 1882, Indianola, Sanpete County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1925  (Age 42 years) 
    Family ID F17  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jose Celestino Encarnacion Montoya,   b. 25 March 1905, Bosque, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 October 1988, Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1933  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and location are from Marriage License No. 65333 - State of Utah; County of Salt Lake. The Deputy Clerk performing the ceremony was an LDS Elder named George Graham. The witnesses were Pearl's older brother Ernest Richard Spencer and Eugene Paybal (not identified). It appears that Pearl is about five months pregnant with her first child. According to my father's cousin - Bonnie Mortensen (daughter of Marie L. Spencer) the couple met in Bingham Canyon, Utah. Marie owned a hotel and Pearl was working for her cleaning the hotel rooms. Joe had recently arrived in Utah from New Mexico and was working the mines in Bingham Canyon. Joe and Pearl started their married life in Bingham Canyon and all but two of their children were born there.
    Pearl Eva Spencer - Certified copy of Marriage License
    Pearl Eva Spencer - Certified copy of Marriage License
    Pearl Eva Spencer x Jose Celestino Montoya
    Pearl Eva Spencer Marriage License
    Pearl Eva Spencer Marriage License
    Pearl Eva Spencer x Jose Celestino Montoya
    Children 
     1. Max George Montoya,   b. 16 May 1933, Bingham, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1994, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +2. Richard Ernest Montoya,   b. 31 May 1935, Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 August 1993, Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     3. Juanita Montoya,   b. 16 May 1937, Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 July 1949, Ogden, Weber County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)
    +4. R.E. Montoya
    +5. L.C. Montoya
    +6. M.A. Montoya
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2012 18:53:56 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Sept 1914 - Payson, Utah County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Misindexed as "Pearl Spenser," age 5 born abt 1915 in Utah; Indexed as "daughter" of Carl Person, 41, who immigrated from Sweden in 1905, ore miner; (which she is not - she is the daughter of George Francis Spencer - her parents are divorced); the family rents their home; mother Elise, 31; It appears from the census that Pearl's brothers are indexed separately and are living next door in a separate dwelling; however, this could be an enumerator error - brothers Francis, 16, rail road laborer; and Ernest, 12; Interestingly, the boys are also indexed in 1920 as being with their father George Francis Spencer - so they were enumerated twice. - 6 Jan 1920 - Mammoth, Juab County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jan 1933 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Son - Birth of son Max George Montoya. Max is named after both his paternal grandfather (Maximiano de Herrera Montoya) and his maternal grandfather (George Francis Spencer). Pearl is 18 years old. - 16 May 1933 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Son - Birth of son Richard Ernest Montoya. Richard is named after Pearl's older brother Ernest Richard Spencer. I am thinking that Ernest Richard Spencer and Pearl were close. He witnessed her wedding as well. Pearl is 20 years old. - 31 May 1935 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U.S. City Directories: Montoya, Jos. C. (Pearl); miner; h663 S. 3d West. (Also in Salt Lake City in 1936 is Peter A. Montoya, laborer with B&G Ry r. Magna (probably Joe's son from a prior marriage) - 1936 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Daughter - Birth of daughter Juanita Montoya. She is named for her paternal grandmother (Maria Juana Adelia Martin Montoya). Juanita was born on her brother Richard's birthday. (I share this same birth date with them!) Pearl is 22 years old. - 31 May 1937 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Son - Birth of son Rufino Eugene Montoya. The witness at Pearl's and Joe's wedding was "Eugene" Roybal (probably Joe Montoya's nephew by marriage). Pearl is 24 years old. - 18 May 1939 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Eva Pearl Montoya, age 25 born abt 1915 in Utah, female, white, 8 years of school; living at 462 Main Street; had been living in Bingham Canyon in 1935; Sheet 4A, married to C. Joe Montoya, age 35; Children: Max, 7; Richard, 5; Juanita, 3; and Eugene, 1; Also in the home is her father George Spencer, age 70; the family has two boarders; Dave Werrett, 71 and John Anderson, 55 - 1940 - Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Son - Birth of son Louis Celestino Montoya. Louie is named after his father Jose Celestino Montoya. the family is living in Nevada for a short period of time while Jose Celestino worked the ore mines there. Pearl is 27 years old. - 20 Jun 1942 - Ely, White Pine County, Nevada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - According to family and confirmed by obituary the family moved to Ogden in 1943. Pearl is 28 years old. - 1943 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Daughter - Birth of daughter Margie Anne Montoya. The family lives on Union Avenue. Pearl is 30 years old. - 2 May 1945 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U.S. City Directories Pearl Montoya, female; living at rear 200 W. 28th; spouse is Joe C. Montoya (employed as section lab OUR&D Co. Ogden, Utah, City Directory, 1948 - 1948 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 July 1949 - Ogden, Weber County, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 July 1949 - Payson, Utah County, Utah Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Sources 
    1. [S2624660385] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920.), Year: 1920; Census Place: Mammoth, Juab, Utah; Roll: T625_1863; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 296.



    2. [S2626335774] 1930 United States Federal Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Year: 1930; Census Place: Indinaola, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: 2422; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 169.0.



    3. [S2624683874] Utah Death Index, 1905-1951, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index, 1905-1951. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Utah Department of Health.Original data: Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index).



    4. [S4273286764] Utah Death Registers, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index, 1847-1966. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Utah Department of Health, Source Citation: Utah State Archives and Records Service; Salt Lake City, UT; Utah State Archives and Records Service; File Number #: 1949002813.
      Pearl Spencer Montoya; Female; 34; born abt 1915; Died 18 July 1949; Weber; State File No. 1949002813

    5. [S2624684266] Utah County, Utah Cemetery Index, Utah Valley Regional Family History Center, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1998.Original data - Utah Valley Regional Family History Center. Utah County (UT) Cemetery Index. Provo, UT, USA: Utah Valley Regional Family History Center, 1997.Original data: Utah Valle).
      Pearl Montoya; 5 Sept 1914; 18 July 1949; Payson Cemetery


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    7. [S4273286788] Web: Utah, Find a Grave Index, 1850-2011.

    8. [S294358663] U.S. City Directories, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory titl), Salt Lake City, Utah, City Directory, 1936.

    9. [S294358663] U.S. City Directories, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory titl), Ogden, Utah, City Directory, 1948.