Desdemona married Joseph at age 30. She told Joseph she had a dream that Emma was going to poison her and he said it was true, she would if she could. After Joseph's death she married Ezra T. Benson, it was an unhappy marriage and she ended up divorcing him. Shortly after she married a man named Harrison Parker Mclane, an elder in the church who ended up leaving the church and her. She lived a life of poverty in Salt Lake City and died at age 77.