Florence S. Brinton|
1910 ~ 2013
Mary Florence Sims Brinton died December 29, 2013 at the age of 103 in Draper, UT. She was the only child born to Mary Jane Jones and Thomas William Sims.
She was blessed to live in a loving home where her parents taught her early that hard work had many rewards. She lived a full life never wasting a moment to learn something new. She was one of the few of her generation to graduate from college and travel to Europe.
She married David Branson Brinton in 1936 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had four children: Marsha Steiner (died in 1968; Marsha's husband, David Steiner, became a third son to Florence and David, and later married Mary Kenner who became a daughter.) Leesville, LA; David (Jane), Draper, UT; Jane (Jay) Monson, Logan, UT; Tom (Helen), Sandy, UT. Florence is survived by three children; 29 grandchildren, and 86 great-grandchildren.
Mother was an accomplished musician and gave piano lessons from the time she was a young woman until well past her 80th birthday. She was pleased to be asked to join the faculty at the U of U in the music department. She gave thousands of piano lessons and made hundreds of close friends. Many of her students became accomplished musicians.
Mother had an eye for beauty and needed her world to be "perfect". At age 75 she began oil painting. She was intent on learning all she could about art and left more than 40 beautiful paintings to her family. She also wrote lovely poetry, She worked diligently on genealogy, participating in the name extraction program and traveling to England to meet members of her distant family. She was able to trace her lines back to the 1700s. There will be many people waiting to meet her now, thanking her for all the work she did for them.
Mother was active in the LDS Church. She held many callings, all of which she did exceptionally well. She loved the Gospel and spent hours studying in preparation for her Relief Society lessons. At age 23 she served in the Eastern States Mission and put music to the very first Hill Cumorah pageant. She and David filled a mission to the Washington, D.C. temple and visitors center from 1979-1981.
Funeral services will be held at the Corner Canyon 2nd Ward chapel, 13366 South 1300 East, Draper, UT at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014. A visitation will precede the services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment will take place in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
The family would like to express appreciation for the many hours of service volunteers have lovingly given to the care of Mother.
In lieu of flowers we suggest donations to the LDS Church General Missionary Fund. www.goffmortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2014