Roxey Romney Davis Holbrook

Business

Roxey Romney Davis Holbrook (1913-2006)

was born in Bunkerville, Nev., and later moved to St. George. Her father, Erastus Snow Romney, became the second president of Dixie College. After graduating from Dixie College, she received a degree from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education, Speech and Drama.

She taught two years in Mesquite, Nev., before marrying Al Davis and moving to Los Angeles, where she earned a graduate degree from the Woodbury Business College. After six years of marriage, Al died from pneumonia and Roxey knew she must pursue a career to support herself.

ZCMI hired her as “Miss Margo Manners” – advertising and selecting clothes on a one-on-one basis. She also managed the Mail Order Department and took it from three to 100 employees. The following year she became the buyer for budget dresses and the maternity departments, then went on to buy lingerie and robes for the Bridal Salon. Her greatest challenge came when as a buyer for the better dress department she learned that the fashion houses in New York City refused to sell ZCMI claiming loyalty to two other major department stores in Salt Lake City. It was very discouraging not being welcomed by any fashion houses, but through her persistence ZCMI was soon accepted everywhere in New York. In 1975, she entered into a partnership, taking over the Cameo Room Fur Department and created one of the finest fur departments in the Intermountain West.

Working full time until 1996 and after 52 years with ZCMI, she retired at age 82. She was also married to Merrill R. Holbrook and later to his brother Dr. Von Garn Holbrook. She is the mother of one daughter, Roxanne Holbrook.