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Josette Britte Ashford

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Josette Britte Ashford Obituary
3/26/1920 ~ 11/8/2013
Born Josephine Geraldine Catherine Britte on March 26, 1920 in Vivegnis, Belgium, Josette was the oldest of 9 children born to Andre Joseph Britte and Bertha Agnes Victorine Morin. Her childhood was spent in Belgium where she attended a convent school and at the age of 7, she oversaw the care of her father after an accident left him blind. Josette and her father developed a special bond that transcended years and miles. She lived through World War II and faced many adventures as she traveled Europe with volunteer services. In 1947 she met 2 missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her small village and was baptized on October 22, 1948. Two years later, she immigrated to the United States and spent time in Utah, California and Washington. In 1963 she was accepted to Brigham Young University where she was named Valedictorian of her class and eventually earned her Masters Degree and PhD. As a graduate student, she was twice awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in France and Greece. She was a BYU professor of French and Medieval French literature for over 20 years, retiring in 1990. Her career provided opportunities to make friends, influence students and travel the world. She spent a year in China where she developed a love for the culture and people.
Josette had a deep testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and dedicated her life to the gospel. She spent years conducting family history searches, bringing blessings to many families worldwide. She was a member of the Relief Society General Board from 1972 to 1974 and assisted with translating LDS Hymns into French. One of her greatest honors was receiving the BYU President's Award for a contribution to the college of Humanities and the establishment of the Josette Britte Ashford Fund for student internship programs. Josette was a lover of knowledge and continually sought education through good literature evidenced by the full bookshelves lining her home. She loved to spend time in the temple, was an excellent cook and seamstress. Her life stories literally filled volumes and were published by Brigham Young University for their Special Collections.
Josette is survived by her nephew, Michel (Noelle) Britte and their children, Audree, Alec and Abbie of Farmington, Utah who will forever be grateful for her influence in their lives. Also, four sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews all of Belgium, dear friends Johanne (Ken) Hillam and Laurel (Tom) Olson. Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.
A special thank you to the kind and caring staff at Legacy House of Bountiful.
A viewing will be held at Sundberg Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street in Orem, Utah on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 9 am to 11 am. Interment in the Farmington City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the LDS missionary fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in Deseret News from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2013
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