Verda Spencer was born on October 14, 1900 in Orderville, Utah to Asenath Emeline Carling and Howard Orson Spencer. She was the fifteenth of seventeen children, ten of whom lived into adulthood. Verda's mother was a plural wife of Howard, who had three wives. Verda grew up in Orderville, where her father was the first LDS bishop. Her family was very devout and Verda was baptized November 1, 1908. Verda married Zeno Adams on October 10, 1923 in the Salt Lake temple. They left Orderville and lived in Kanab, and later Bingham, Utah. Verda and Zeno had five children, Mack, Caleen, Challas, Kendall, and DeAnne. Verda suffered from various health problems including chronic issues with her heart and gall bladder. Verda passed away on June 1, 1994.
The collection is comprised of one folder, which contains a typed thirty-three-page autobiography of Verda Spencer Adams, written 1978-1979 and includes a handwritten note at the end, dated 1989. The note includes a family update on the status of missionaries and church callings of several of Verda’s children and grandchildren. The account provides a detailed history of Verda's childhood, including her experience being baptized, and her first jobs. She remembers household activities such as making soap and butter, harvesting fruit, and raising animals on her family’s ranch. Her father died in 1917 and Verda had to work to help support her family. Her family was fortunate to survive the flu epidemic of 1918. During this time Verda and her siblings worked to help their sick neighbors. Due to illness and family circumstances Verda never graduated from the eighth grade. She recounts an experience where the LDS apostle Melvin Ballard prayed for rain and relieved a local drought. She describes her four-year long courtship and eventual marriage to Zeno Adams. Verda and her husband moved to Bingham, Utah after their marriage while Zeno worked for the Utah Copper Company. Verda suffered from a variety of health problems throughout her life and had limited access to medical care. Included are descriptions of each of Verda’s children and their families.