Merlene Tew

24 April 1914–12 October 1999 (Age 85)
Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of Merlene

When Merlene Tew was born on 24 April 1914, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, her father, William Thomas Tew Jr, was 29 and her mother, Jennie Maud Houtz, was 21. She married Thomas Gabriel Colarusso on 30 September 1943, in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States. She lived in Custer, Idaho, United States in 1920. She died on 12 October 1999, in Orem, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Thomas Gabriel Colarusso
Merlene Tew
Marriage: 30 September 1943

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 September 1943Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 2
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
    1920 · The Pioneer Museum Is Organized
    Age 6
    The Pioneer Museum was conceived in 1920 by women dedicated to preserving the pioneer heritage of the community. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization headed the effort and a museum was created for the collection of relics and written histories of the early pioneers.
    1937 · The Neutrality Act
    Age 23
    The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    Welsh: nickname for a fat man, from tew ‘plump’.English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire (Great, Little and Duns Tew), named with an Old English tīewe ‘row, lengthy object’, referring to the ridge on which these places are situated, or from tīwe ‘meeting place, court’. The surname has been established in Ireland since the 16th century.Chinese: Teochew, Hokkien, and Taiwanese form of the surnames 張 (see Zhang 1) and 趙 (see Zhao 1).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Mother's Children Recall a Beautiful Life

    (Paul Recalls) In our youth, my younger sisters, Starla and Sandra, and I would bring our friends home and almost immediately our friends would bo …

    Sources (24)

    • Tew, "Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914"
    • Merline Tew in household of Wm Thomas Tew, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Merlene Tew, "United States Western States Marriage Index"

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