Histories > Eliza R. Lythgoe

Cowley Pioneer Succumbs to Hip Injury at Age 80

A well-known resident of the Big Horn Basin died early Saturday morning in the Lovell hospital as the result of complications from a fractured hip.

Mrs. Eliza Rosetta Lythgoe, 80, passed away at 1:05 a.m., three weeks after she had undergone an operation in Billings. She was hospitalized after a fall at her Cowley home several weeks ago.

Mrs. Lythgoe, who first came to the basin in 1900, was an original member of the Big Horn Basin colonization, was the first school teacher in Cowley and served two terms as the original postmistress of the town.

Recognized as one of Cowley's leading citizens, she was also the first LDS primary organization president, a former member of the Cowley school board, and belonged to the Wyoming Historical Society. In addition, Mrs. Lythgoe was a long time member of the Daily News Correspondence staff.

Mrs. Lythgoe was born Oct. 3, 1875 at Filmore, Utah, and was marred to John Franklin Black Jan. 2, 1896, who passed away in 1913. In 1916 she marred Thomas T. Lythgoe, who survives..

Other survivors are ten children: Clinton M. Black, Mrs. Myrtle Black, Mrs. Vera Howick and Leo T. Lythgoe, all of Salt Lake, Volney E. Black of Laramie, Mrs. Lee Nebeker of Green River, John K. Black of Lovell, Wilson K. Lythgoe of Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Irene Belue of Billings and Eldred Lythgoe of Helena; one brother: Emory King of Richfield, Utah; two sisters: Mrs. Mae Lyman of Sacramento and Mrs. Ada Strong of Clearfield, Utah; 44 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Cowley LDS chapel with Bishop Grand Taggart officiating. Burial was in the Cowley cemetery with Clinton Black dedicating the grave. All of Mrs. Lythgoe's children attended the funeral.

[died Dec. 9, 1955]

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