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Margaret Bringhurst family papers

Identifier: MSS 9280

Scope and Contents

Includes the diaries of Margaret Bringhurst's parents, Golden Lang and Lillie Williams, including letters. Golden Lang's diaries were kept during his service in the United States Navy during WWII. Also includes Margaret's own diaries, letters, and photographs. Dated 1923 to 2017.


  • 1923-2017


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 / Historical

Margaret Jean Lang Bringhurst was born February 27, 1944 to Golden Lang and Lillie Foster. She married Kent Bringhurst and had twelve children. She served a mission with her spouse in 2006 to Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Biographical / Historical

Lillie Williams was born Lillie Margaret Foster on October 3, 1923 in Cedar City, Utah, to Joseph D. and Theresa Knell Foster. She had five siblings. In 1943, she married Golden Lang in California before he left for service in world War II. After his death in 1945, Lillie cared for their daughter Margaret while living with her parents and working as a receptionist until she met and married Leo Ray Parker on December 1, 1948. During their marriage, they lived in Cedar City, California, and Hurricane, Utah. They had a son, Don Ray Parker born December 16, 1954. Lillie held multiple jobs through the years including receptionist positions, a secretary for North American Aviation, and as the Assistant Vice President of West Coast Federal Savings and Loan. Ray and Lillie worked together in the Saint George, Utah temple, and travelled to several countries after they both retired. After Ray passed on April 28, 1997, Lillie remarried in August of 2001 to Gordon Williams. She died March 6, 2017, in Hurricane, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Golden Lang was born November 21, 1920 to John Mickelsen Lang and Minnie Deseret Stevens. His mother died when he was two years old, and his father was unable to raise his four youngest children, so Golden lived with his half-sister Mary Ann until he enlisted in the Air Force. He married Lillie Foster in 1943, and had one daughter, Margaret. He was a lieutenant in the Air Force and a skilled pilot. He completed thirty missions in the war in Europe and returned to Tennessee to be an instructor where he died in a head-on collision with another plane on April 26, 1945. He was buried in the Cedar City, Utah cemetery.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Lillie Williams diaries, 1932-2017. Golden Lang diary and letters, 1932-1944. Margaret Bringhurst papers, 1966-2016.

Custodial History

Donated by Margaret Bringhurst in May 2019, who inherited the journals from her mother and aunt.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Margaret Bringhurst; May 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; Tayla Boyer; 2021.

Register of Margaret Bringhurst papers
In Progress
Tayla Boyer
2021 November 10
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