Juanita Brooks




(teacher, historian, author)


Juanita Leone Brooks was born on January 15, 1898 in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada. She was raised in Bunkerville. Her father was Henry Leavitt and her mother was Mary Hafen.

She married Ernest Pulsipher on October 10, 1919, just over a year before he died of throat cancer. They had one son together.

Juanita got a bachelor's degree from BYU.

She settled in St. George and became an instructor of English and dean of women at Dixie College, a position she held until 1933. She became the stake Relief Society president, 1933-1939.

While at Dixie, she was able to take a sabbatical to earn a master's degree from Columbia University. She wouldn't normally have had enough senority to get the sabbatical, but it didn't pay much and noone else could afford to take the sabbatical.

Juanita married widower Will Brooks in 1933. He brought four sons to the family and together they added a daughter and three more sons.

She took up historical research and writing. She served on the board of the Utah Historical Society.

Juanita died on August 26, 1989 in St. George. She was buried in Plot B_5_7_4 of the St. George Cemetery.


Parents and Siblings:
    Dudley Henry Leavitt
    Mary Hafen Leavitt
        Orpha Ora Leavitt
        Juanita Leone Leavitt
        Charity Leavitt
        Aura Ola Leavitt
        Melvin Henry Leavitt
        Laurel Evan Leavitt
        Daisy Ina Leavitt
        Eva Leavitt
        Francis Hale "Frank" Leavitt

(4/19/1870-2/2/1944)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(1/15/1898-8/26/1989)   (married as shown below)
(12/8/1899-9/9/1999)   (married Vernon Conrad Rowley)
(11/27/1901-5/23/1982)   (married Joseph Carl Allen)
(3/28/1903-7/14/2000)   (married Myrtle G. Wittwer)
(12/17/1905-12/25/1987)   (married Melvina Durrant)
(9/23/1907-4/6/1990)   (married Leonard Reber)
(2/20/1909-11/13/1987)   (married Walter Jarvis Miles)
(6/20/1911-6/2/1008)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)

First Husband and Children:
    Leonard Ernest Pulsipher
        Leonard Ernest Pulsipher, Jr.

(2/29/1892-1/8/1921)   (married 10/10/1919)
(9/28/1920-11/6/1995)   (married Margie Johnson)

Second Husband and Children:
    William "Will" Brooks
        Willa Nita Brooks
        Karl Frances Brooks
        Joseph Kay Brooks
        Antone Leavitt "Tony" Brooks  

(4/23/1881-3/28/1970)   (married 5/25/1933)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Thayles Alfred Derrick)
(11/7/1935-10/31/2015)   (married Carla Irene Hoyt)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Ida Jean Lewis Taylor)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Janet Xxxxxxxx)


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Juanita Brooks signing a book in 1967
SUU-0018     Juanita Brooks signing a book in 1967
      Juanita Brooks lecturing


The Mountain Meadows Massacre
by Juanita Brooks

John Doyle Lee: Zealot, Pioneer Builder, Scapegoat
by Juanita Brooks

Journal of the Southern Indian Mission: Diary of Thomas D. Brown
edited by Juanita Brooks
175 pages
Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 1972
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Quicksand and Cactus: A Memoir of the Southern Mormon Frontier
by Juanita Brooks


Wikipedia article on Juanita Brooks

Juanita Brooks Biographical Note and Chronology

Juanita and Will Brooks by Walt Brooks

Juanita Brooks
by Matthew Despain and Fred R. Gowans
Utah History Encyclopedia   (Utah History To Go)

Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian
by Levi S. Peterson

In Memoriam: Juanita Brooks
by Levi S. Peterson
Sunstone Magazine, October 1989, Pages 6-8

Historian Juanita Brooks left a legacy of influence
by Brian Passey
St. George Magazine, October 2014, Pages 39-40

Juanita Brooks and Family Narratives
by William A. Wilson
9th Juanita Brooks Lecture (1991)

Juanita Brooks Lecture Series

Honoring Juanita Brooks: A Compilation of 30 Annual Presentations from the Juanita Brooks Lecture Series.
Book compiled by Douglas D. Alder, Ph.D.
Published by the Dixie State University Press,   November 2014

The Juanita Leone Leavitt Pulsipher Brooks Photograph Collection, 1928-1981
A Register of the Collection at the Utah State Historical Society

Descendents of Mary Hafen

Find-A-Grave entry for Juanita Leone "Pulsipher" Leavitt Brooks