Frances Parrish Barlow was born on January 11, 1911 in Centerville, Utah to Elizabeth Collings and Parley P. Parrish as the third child. Frances’ father was a dairy farmer and raised his children in the LDS Church. Frances excelled in school due to her competitive nature, and in her senior year of high school she met her future husband, Joel Barlow, a fellow student. Frances graduated from high school on May 8, 1929 and went on to the University of Utah, earning her money during the summer by picking fruit and as a clerk at Auerbach's Department Store. Even though she graduated on June 6, 1933 during the Great Depression, Frances was still able to find a job teaching home economics at Irving High School. Frances and Joel married on May 27, 1935 and in the fall moved to Logan, Utah to attend Utah State University where Frances obtained her master’s degree in child development. In 1938, after graduating, Frances and Joel moved to Cedar City, Utah where Joel had obtained a job with the state agricultural department. When World War II broke out, Frances worked with the Nurses Aide Corp. In 1951, after moving to Provo, Utah, Frances was invited by President Wilkinson of Brigham Young University to teach child development at at the university. For 25 years, Frances worked as part of the child development program at BYU. In 1975, Frances retired and travelled around the world on her way to Iran with Joel where he was offered a job working on the agricultural development of Iran. During her retirement, Frances travelled to several places like a service mission to Oklahoma to assist Native Americans in 1977; Jerusalem with BYU in 1981; and working with Pueblo Indians in Toas, New Mexico in 1983. Frances received the Emeritus Special Recognition Award from BYU in 1987 for her service and going above the call of duty. On September 28, 2002, Frances died at the age of 91 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This folder contains the life story of Frances Parrish Barlow published in June of 1990. The book is over 260 pages and unbound with pictures and newspaper clippings throughout. The book starts with a list of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There are six histories of Frances’ parents and grandparents. Her autobiography takes up a good portion of the book, divided into sections for different times of her life. Frances details her childhood in Centerville, Utah as a competitive student; attendance at University of Utah and Utah State University; work as a schoolteacher; marriage; travels; church service, including a Latter-day Saint welfare mission to Oklahoma, 1977-1978; and teaching at BYU. Also included is original poetry; significant information about her husband, Joel C. Barlow, their children, and other family members; and photographic images. Frances goes into great detail about her personal life and her religion.