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Juanita Stout Ray papers

Identifier: MSS 9261

Scope and Contents

Contains a class song and note belonging to Juanita Stout Ray, dated 1908 to 1914, and letters written by Juanita Stout Ray to John Ray while she was teaching elementary school in Hinckley, Utah, dated 1912 to 1914. Also contains the diaries of Juanita Stout Ray, dated 1913 to 1953, and other documents from her life, such as clippings, receipts, and letters and poems of sympathy to Juanita and her husband John upon the death of their oldest son to the flu epidemic in 1918. In her diaries, Juanita discusses her extended family and friends, daily housework on the family farm in Arizona, which included a dairy, caring for her children and husband, her activities at church, and religious thoughts.


  • 1908-1953


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Juanita Stout Ray was born on July 4, 1891, in Rockville, Utah, to David and Julia Cox Stout, a polygamous family of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Juanita began her education in Hinckley, Utah, then moved to Mexico with her family. She completed high school at the Juarez Stake Academy, where she met her future husband, John Ray. After leaving Mexico during the 1912 Revolution, Juanita taught elementary school in Hinckley, Utah and continued to write to John. They married in 1914 in Salt Lake City and had nine children: John Alexander Ray (1915-1918); Verda Ray Eyring; (1918-2003); Winona Ray Millet (1920-2005); Irving J Ray (1924-2005); Kathleen Ray Palmer (1926-2013); Ila Valeria Ray Fenn (1928-2011); Kennard Dewey Ray (1931-2018); and Donetta Pearl Ray (1933-1941). The family lived on a farm in rural Chandler, Arizona, raising dairy cows. They lost two children, John Alexander Ray Jr. at age three to influenza, Donnie Pearl Ray at age 8. The family later moved to Mesa, Arizona. John died in 1952 in Mesa, Arizona, and Juanita died January 28, 1954, in Mesa, Arizona.


3 boxes (1.4 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Simone Russell on February 22 and May 14, 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Simone Russell; February 22 and May 14, 2019.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; September 2022.

Juanita Stout Ray papers
In Progress
Karen Glenn
2022 September 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States