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Carma Vera Mathews Brimley

1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Carma Vera Mathews Brimley Obituary
1927 ~ 2017
On Dec. 2, 2017, Carma Vera Mathews Brimley passed from this life into the waiting arms of family and friends. Mother was born Jan. 5, 1927, in SLC, UT, the youngest child of Bruce Reid Mathews and Vera Elizabeth Monroe Mathews. Mom grew up on Hollywood Avenue in SLC, and attended Hawthorne Elementary, Irving Jr. High, South High School (go Cubs!), and the University of Utah.
Her father was a teacher at West High School which allowed for summers in Brighton. While her parents cleaned and maintained cabins, mom picked wildflowers, chased squirrels and ran messages up to the homes of Salt Lake notables such as Emma Lucy Gates, because there was only one telephone in the area.
Carma was proud of her Scipio, UT roots and treated her children to many colorful stories of her childhood visits. Throughout her life, mom also remained loyal to her South High friends, and even organized a class reunion. Carma studied homemaking and textiles at the "U" and used those skills to create many costumes, dresses, and hats from "nothing" for her family.
Mom loved music and played the accordion. She was also a math whiz, which came in handy while working as a cashier at Makoff's in Salt Lake City.
Richard Dahlen Brimley, who had just returned home from serving in WWII, first spotted mom sitting in the sunlight in a window box at Wells Ward. Their fabled first date was to a Valentine's Day dance. "Dick and Carma" were married on May 6, 1949, in the Art Barn near the "U." They first lived on Gregson Avenue, then moved to Rose Park, and in 1959 built a home in Bountiful to accommodate their growing family.
Mom was an incredible organizer, meticulous housekeeper, creative homemaker, and a devoted mother who raised her children with a firm, loving hand. Her children left for school with faces washed, hair combed, and clothing starched and pressed. The kitchen was the center of the home, where mom sang and danced to show tunes and Barbara Streisand, while making dinner. The kitchen table was her podium, where she taught her children many valuable lessons and nurtured their talents. Her creativity shined for nine years while serving as a Boy Scout Den Mother for her three sons.
Mom's legacy of hard work, thrift, creativity, practicality, and the love of music lives on in her posterity. For many years mom and dad hosted joyful family parties with an abundance of food and gifts. Mom and dad loved to dance to Big Band music at the Rainbow Rendezvous or Lagoon. Later they enjoyed attending the Utah Symphony. Now mom and dad are dancing the "South High Drag" in heaven. We love you, Mom, and miss you more than we can say.
Carma is survived by her children Richard Jr. (Marla); Rhonda (Steve) Greenwood; Todd (Kim); Peggy (Jerry) Wilson; Jeff Brimley; Sandra (Steve) Graves; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard D. Brimley, daughter Edith Joy; sister Edith Mathews Nordquist and brother Wilbur (Bill) Reid Mathews.
A viewing will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main. Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Bountiful 31st Ward Chapel, 585 East Center Street. A viewing will be at 10 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Interment is at Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West. To read a full obituary and to share condolences visit www.russonmortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 7, 2017
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