Her life was one of love and tragedy.
Aunt Ruth was born to Karl (Carl) Brandley and Jane Jeremy in Salt Lake. She married Theron Nelson in 1922. Their son Theron Jeremy was born in about 1925 in Salt Lake.
Her husband worked for a publishing company selling books. This would require him to be on the road considerable, but allowed for a comfortable lifestyle. Aunt Charlene said they lived in an "exquisite apartment" in Salt Lake. Mom said they would not see them often, about every two or three years because the lived in Salt Lake, while she lived in Idaho. Theron their son was about five years older then mother, and mother does remember playing with him.
Tragedy struck the Nelson home in 1947 when Theron was killed in an automobile accident in 1847. Aunt Ruth made application for Theron's tombstone through Veterans as he was a WWI veteran.
After her husband's death, Aunt Ruth became a different person. She took up drinking. Aunt Charlene described this as "She lived a different lifestyle, drank and carried on." Connie says that the story goes that one night when she was drinking, a man in a bar hit her in the nose, breaking her nose. This is why her nose was always so large. However Connie says this also caused brain damage and she had a poor memory after this.
Aunt Ruth took up with and married a younger man. Connie says he was a sailor. Aunt Charlene confirms this story. However she says the tombstone for Aunt Ruth bears the last name Nelson, and she can't remember this person's name.
He exploited Aunt Ruth, and took her money, and then left her with nothing. After this Aunt Ruth was very poor. She came to live with her sisters, Aunt Marie Brandley Coburn in Saint Anthony, and my Grandmother, Geneve Brandley Wright in Lincoln, Idaho Falls. At some point her son disowned her. This was due to her driniking and taking up with another man. He eventually settled in Colorado. Aunt Charlene laments that he didn't even come to the funeral. However she thinks he made arrangement through a funeral home. Connie remembers that Aunt Rose Marie (Mom's sister) made most of the arrangements for the funeral.
|Aunt Ruth and Aunt Marie|
|Aunt Marie, Grandma, Aunt Ruth|
Connie says, Aunt Ruth lived with Grandma many years. However Aunt Charlene remembers she mostly lived with Uncle Elmo and Marie Coburn in Saint Anthony. Aunt Ruth's nephew officiated at her funeral. She was often at Grandmother's when we visited.
|Grandma and Aunt Ruth|