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Collier, DeFonda, 1904-2002



  • Existence: 1904 - 2002

Biographical History

DeFonda Collier (1904-2002) was an avid writer who collected children's literature.

DeFonda Virtue Dowdle Collier was born September 1, 1904 in Logan, Utah. She grew up in Newton, Utah. In 1922, she wrote for the Cache Valley High School newspaper, the Clarion. She married Ted Collier on May 23, 1928. Together, DeFonda and Ted had seven children. After Ted's death in 1966, she continued to write letters to her children. She traveled across the United States with Eunice Young in 1978. She also continued her study and collection of children's literature. DeFonda died on October 24, 2002.

Deseret News, Oct. 27, 2002 (DeFonda Collier; b. 1904; d. 2002)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7296
Scope and Contents Collection contains the Colliers's various writings throughout the years. DeFonda kept a diary from 1916 to 1998. The collection also has many letters to and from various family members. Although Theodore never kept a formal diary except while he was on his mission, his letters to children (mostly Bob and Rae Ann) essentially serve that purpose. The collection also contains photographs, appointment calendars, a tribute to Grandmother DeFonda Collier, a family bible, and other ephemera. There...
Dates: 1916-1998

Joab Collier and Theodocia Keeler Collier papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197230217900]
Identifier: MSS 1729
Scope and Contents Handwritten autobiographies, diaries, correspondence, patriarchal blessings, and miscellaneous materials. Typescripts and photocopies of many of these items are also found with the collection. Some of the materials have been bound into books. The collection relates primarily to Joab Collier (1855-1918) and Theodocia Keeler Collier (1858-1912). The Colliers were Mormons who lived in Provo, Vernal, and in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joab had many occupations including that of bricklayer. The...
Dates: 1847-1957