Lucy Emily Woodruff was born 10 January 1869 in St. Thomas, Pah-Ute County, Nevada, United States to Wilford Woodruff (1840-1921) and Emily Jane Smith (1850-1878) and died 5 November 1937 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. She married George Albert Smith (1870-1951) 25 May 1892 in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States.


Lucy Emily Woodruff was a granddaughter of President Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) and Elias Smith (1804-1888) first cousin to Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the Mormon Prophet. She was a woman of great faith and intelligence.


She and George Albert Smith had known each other since they were children, and she loved and respected him. But her affections were divided between George Albert and another suitor. In 1891, the courtship was interrupted when George received a mission call from the First Presidency of the Church to strengthen the young people, members of the Young Men's and Young Women's Mutual Improvement Associations, in the Juab, Millard, Beaver, and Parowan stakes in southern Utah. One week into his assignment, he wrote in his journal: "The letter that I looked for never came." When George received Lucy Woodruff's letter the next day, the topic was her possible marriage plans to her other suitor. George responded by letter expressing his feelings for Lucy.Lucy stopped her marriage plans with the other suitor, but her affections still vacillated between the two men. After months of turmoil, she finally broke off her relationship with the other man and married George Albert Smith in the Manti Utah Temple on 25 May 1892.


Offspring of George Albert Smith and Lucy Emily Woodruff (1869-1937)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Albert Smith (1905-1969) 10 September 1905 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 11 October 1969 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Ruth Nowell (1910-2000)
Emily Smith (1895-1973)
Edith Smith (1899-1977)


Vital Records

1920 US Federal Census

Recorded in Salt Lake City 1st Ward, Utah, 1920 Residence - 1302 Yale Ave, - Boarding with Robert Stewart - but listed as separate household.

  • George A Smith - m/49 - b:UT - head - ocp: Bank President
  • Lucy E Smith - f/50 - b:NV - wife
  • Edith Smith - f/20 - b:UT - daughter
  • George A Smith Jr - m/14 - b:UT - son
  • Charles S Merrill - m/30 - b:UT - cousin = ocp: General Practice Lawyer


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