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  • Name ROUNDY, Wavie Marie 
    Birth 1 Jan 1925  Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    WAC 25 May 1963  IFALL Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Death DECEASED 
    Burial 17 Jan 2018  Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I4543  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith
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    Father ROUNDY, Wallace Napoleon ,   b. 1 May 1888, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationEscalante, Garfield, Utah, United Statesd. 7 Oct 1977, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 89 years) 
    Mother GRIFFIN, Ella May ,   b. 1 Dec 1891, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationEscalante, Garfield, Utah, United Statesd. 20 May 1964, Panguitch, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 72 years) 
    Marriage 10 Mar 1909  Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2484  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • 1930 United States Federal Census Name: Wallace N Roundy Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1889 Birthplace: Utah Race: White Home in 1930: Escalante, Garfield, Utah Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Ella Roundy Father's Birthplace: Utah Mother's Birthplace: Utah Household Members: Wallace N Roundy 41 Ella Roundy 38 Glade W Roundy 20 Floyd G Roundy 18 Edna M Roundy 14 Vivian L Roundy 11 Budd H Roundy 9 Wavie M Roundy 5 1/12 Bettie E Roundy 3 6/12 Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Escalante, Garfield, Utah; Roll: 2416; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 42.0; FHL microfilm: 2342150. 1940 United States Federal Census Name: Wallace N Roundy Respondent: Yes Age: 51 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: Utah Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Home in 1940: Escalante, Garfield, Utah Farm: Yes Inferred Residence in 1935: Escalante, Garfield, Utah Residence in 1935: Same House Sheet Number: 1A Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 1 Household Members: Wallace N Roundy 51 Ella M Roundy 47 Bud Roundy 18 Wavie Roundy 15 Bettie Roundy 13 Jerrie Roundy 8 Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Escalante, Garfield, Utah; Roll: T627_4213; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 9-8.


      In our home we had the tradition of hanging up our stockings again on New Year's Eve in hopes that Santa Claus would come and leave us a little candy that he had left over from Christmas. Since Wavie was born on New Year's Day, Dad always told us kids that Santa Claus had left her, and when Wavie was young she always wondered why she couldn't go and live with Santa Claus at the North Pole for a while. In a talk she gave in her ward in Idaho Falls, 23 December 2001 she told about wanting to live with Santa, but decided her own family was much better. In her own words:

      On New Year's Eve we would hang up our stockings again and Santa Claus would bring us leftover candy and nuts. In 1925, my four brothers and one sister all hangup their stockings and went to bed. When they got up the next morning, they found they had a new baby sister! I don't know if I was leftover, too, with candy or nuts or what, but I was always told that Santa Claus had left me. As I grew older, I began to wonder why I couldn't go back to the North Pole for a visit. I envisioned Santa's elves making toys, Mrs. Santa cooking, baking, and making candy. Well, it sounded wonderful. I began asking why I couldn't go back for a visit. Finally my parents told me that if that was what I really wanted, they would check with Santa, but I needed to remember that if I decided to go, I wouldn't be able to come back for a whole year! "If you get homesick," they said, "you'll have to stay at the North Pole until Santa comes back next year." Now, I had a brand new baby brother whom I really loved, but the idea that I could really go if I wanted was very exciting. While I was trying to make up my mind, Papa stepped out the kitchen door and went around to the front of the house. He knocked really hard on the front door, and Mama said, "Wavie, that must be Santa now, wanting your answer!" I jumped up, ran to the bedroom calling, "Tell him I've made up my mind. I don't want to go. I want to stay here with my family!!" Well, that was the last time the subject was ever mentioned, but I knew how important my family was to me.

      Wavie concluded her talk:

      Now, let me go back to my story about Santa Claus and the North Pole. Over the years, I thought a lot about that experience, and what I had learned from it. If I had chosen to go, I would have had to leave the family I loved so much. I think my parents knew the choice I would make, but they gave me freedom to make that decision myself. That is what our Heavenly Father does with us. He knows what we will do when we are faced with choices, but he gives us our freedom to choose for ourselves. Over time, I've come to know that I'm not a daughter of Santa Claus. Rather, I'm a daughter of God. Santa Claus is just someone who helps us celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of our Savior. I'm grateful that we have this special time each year to honor Him and to celebrate his birth.

      As we think of the Atonement and its meaning, that draws us closer to Him. He came into the world to dry our tears, give us hope, and the assurance of eternal life as well as the knowledge that families can be together forever. He has prepared a glorious place for us to come and live with him. It is much, much better than the North Pole. I'm grateful for His great love for us. That is What Christmas means to me. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

      I think we were all happy that Wavie didn't go to live with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, because our family would have been a lot less blessed had she gone to the North Pole.

      When Wavie was in high school she had a beautiful soprano singing voice. Betty sang alto, so the two of them sang together on many high school assemblies as well as church programs. Wavie sang a solo on her high school graduation program that held everyone spellbound. I remember hearing her, and, even though I was her brother and had heard her practice, I was still in awe at how well she did. She was also a talented actress with a quick wit. She, and classmate, Vernon Spencer, played the part of the maid and the butler in one of the high school plays and completely stole the show from everyone else. Wavie has a quick wit and great sense of humor. She could have easily been a double for Gracie Allen.

      When Wavie graduated from high school in 1943, Edna was expecting her first child, and she persuaded Dad and Mom to let Wavie come to California to live with her and help her during the pregnancy. Wavie spent the summer and fall in Long Beach with Edna and Jimmy and then after Christmas she started for home, but didn't make it all the way. She stopped in Lynndyl to help Floyd care for his two young children, Rodney and Florene, for a few weeks while his wife, Myla was in Milford caring for an ailing sister. While she was in Lynndyl she learned of a job opening at the Railroad Rooming House, operated by Mrs. Mack, a women in her eighties. When she applied for the job, Mrs. Mack wanted her to start work that very day, but she couldn't since Myla hadn't returned from Milford and she still needed to care for Rodney and Florene. However, as soon as Myla returned, Wavie started working on the day shift at the Rooming House. Betty had gone to Lynndyl the summers between her Sophomore and Junior years, as well as her Junior and Senior years in high school and worked for $1 per day in the Beanery, a cafe for railroad workers. After she graduated from high school she returned to Lynndyl, but instead of going back to the Beanery she took a job at the Rooming House as the night clerk for $5 per day. Wavie and Betty worked together for the next two years. While Wavie was working at the Rooming House in Lynndyl she met a young man who had just been discharged from the army and was working for the railroad as a telegrapher. At first she wasn't as much attracted to him as he was to her. But Ralph was persistent and she soon began to like him. Ralph seemed to be pretty much a jack of all trades. There didn't seem to be anything he couldn't fix. Ralph had also been a pilot during the war, so occasionally he would rent a plane from the Delta Airport and take some of us in the family for a ride. As a teenager this was something that definitely appealed to me and I was on his side, hoping Wavie would marry him.

      One day Ralph asked me if I wanted to go for a ride with him in a two seat, open cockpit airplane. I immediately said yes. We drove to the airport and he taxied the plane out of the hanger. He put me in the seat behind him and strapped me in, but the seat belts were a little long and I wasn't too secure. After about ten minutes into our flight he asked me if I wanted to do a barrel role. I said yes, thinking it would be a great sensation. Over we went and when I dropped a little and hit the loose seat belt I thought I was falling out of the plane. I grabbed onto whatever I could and crawled to the bottom of the cockpit. When the plane came upright Ralph looked around to see how I had fared but he couldn't see me. He immediately thought I had fallen out and banked the plane around to see if he could see me. When he couldn't see me falling to earth, he straightened up and took a better look in the after cockpit. I came crawling up from the bottom of the cockpit and he breathed a sigh of relief. Seeing that I was alright he asked if I wanted to do it again. I said "no," but he misunderstood and thought I had said "yah," so over we went again. The next time I annunciated better.

      After Wavie and Ralph were married they moved to Idaho Falls and he worked repairing electric organs for a while. However, he soon found work at the Atomic Energy Site near Arco and eventually became Chief of Communications. Ralph worked for the government until he retired. Wavie worked for many years for the Idaho Falls School District in the school lunch program, and was one whom all the kids loved. She and Ralph became the parents of five children, Wallace (Wally), Kelly, Debbie, Bud and Connie.

      When Wavie and Ralph married he didn't seem to have much musical talent, but since Wavie played the piano, Ralph thought he would like to learn to play a musical instrument, so he bought a banjo and proceeded to learn to play it. He and Wavie practiced together, and today he is a pretty proficient banjo player. For years they have played in a little orchestra and have played all over southern Idaho. They still go to Old Folks' Homes and entertain.

      Ralph joined the Church shortly before he and Wavie were married, because, I think, Wavie told him she wouldn't marry him unless he became a member. I'm not sure how totally converted to the Church he was then, but he loved Wavie and didn't want to lose her. Ralph continued to grow in the Gospel and is a very strong member today. They both attend the temple regularly and have served a mission at the Temple Visitor Center in Idaho Falls. He is a good teacher and taught the high priest quorum for many years. Wavie has always been a stalwart in the ward and has served in all of the church organizations. She served as a counselor and president in the Primary, taught Primary, MIA and Relief Society classes, served as a counselor in both the ward and stake Relief Society Presidency, and as ward Relief Society President twice.


      I, perhaps, have more home memories with Wavie and Betty because they were at home until my teenage years. I remember Wavie as one who was always kind to me and was one who took care of me a lot. A lot of time was spent outdoors with her gathering eggs from the nests under the manger where we fed the milk cows; walking down through the pasture to the spring where watercress grew profusely; getting a drink from the water spout that came out of a pipe in the hill down by the old cheese factory; walking around the remaining cement walls of the cheese factory; swinging on the big rope and sack swing in Cottonwood trees in the pasture; and driving the cows up from the and pasture. All were wonderful memories. I enjoyed walking to school
      between Wavie and Betty. I felt safe. Wavie had a beautiful singing voice and I remember how proud I was when she sang on a school program.

      The memories of Wavie and Betty during my early years can pretty well be lumped together because they were both at home during my younger years. Betty was a little closer in age and I think she took it upon herself to see that no one treated me unjustly without answering to her. Both she and Wavie built teeter-totters on the old corral fence, and I would take turns riding on each end with them. The teeter-totters were made with a long fence pole placed on a high rung of the fence, so they put you pretty high in the air when you were on the up end. We spent hours on them. Every year they cleaned out the old coal house and made a play house, with boxes for furniture, and gathered wild flowers from the pasture to brighten it up with bouquets. They were the parents and I was the child.

      One of the things I remember most about them was their helping me with Halloween parties. Halloween was a favorite holiday for me during my early teenage years. Mother always let me have a Halloween party at the house for twenty or thirty kids. I, and my cousins, Dean, Pole, Marlene, Jean and Joan, would spend weeks working on the spook alley down the trail through tall sagebrush from the house to the cow pasture, rigging up all kinds of scary things. Just to walk down over the hill through the tall sagebrush was scary enough on a dark night, but on Halloween, someone with a horrible mask on, jumping out at you and making eerie sounds, was enough to scare even the bravest. Wavie would usher the kids to the entrance to the spook alley across the lane from the house and Betty, and our cousin Marian (Peg) Roundy, always dressed up as witches and became the fortune tellers along the trail. They told some pretty scary fortunes. The fortune usually included something about the person being carried away by witches and goblins. Dad also enjoyed Halloween and got into the act. He would place a sheet and a Jack O' Lantern on the end of a long pole so they could be hoisted into the air and give the appearance that they were flying. He then carried the pole, with the sheet and Jack O' Lantern flying high in the air, around in the pasture while he made ghostly sounds. It wasn't uncommon for a younger child to be taken to the house crying.

  • Sources 
    1. [S173], Unknown, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Escalante, Garfield, Utah; Roll: 2416; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 42.0; FHL microfilm: 2342150.
      Birth date: abt 1925 Birth place: Utah Residence date: 1930 Residence place: Escalante, Garfield, Utah

    2. [S128], Unknown, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T62), Year: 1940; Census Place: Escalante, Garfield, Utah; Roll: T627_4213; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 9-8.
      Birth date: abt 1925 Birth place: Utah Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 Residence place: Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States