Farmington, Utah-Gretta Anne Romney Brockbank passed away on July 13, 2012 at McKay Dee Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was 75 years old and lived in Farmington Utah.
Anne was born to Antone and Gretta Romney, on November 15, 1936 at LDS hospital in SLC, Utah. She had an older brother, Kimball and an older sister, Barbara. She grew up in Provo, Utah and attended BYU High where she was a cheerleader. She graduated from high school in the upper percentile of her class and got an academic scholarship to BYU. At BYU, Anne was in the sorority O.S. Travata. She was also a member of the athletic cheer squad called the Cougarettes.
While at BYU, Anne met her first husband, Richard Lynn Burbidge. They were married on March 20, 1958. Anne and Richard had 5 sons and a daughter. After her daughter, LynnAnne, was born Anne finished her degree and received a Bachelors of Arts in Education in August of 1970. Anne and Richard were married for 20 years. On January 18, 1979, Anne married LaMonte "Bud" Sant. In 1980, they adopted a 3-year old boy, Joe, and a baby girl, Jennie, from Seoul, Korea. Anne and Bud were married for 21 years. Several years later, Anne reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Allen Brent Brockbank. They were married in the Jordan Temple on July 9, 2002.
Anne had a natural way of helping others and later in her life went back to school to get her Masters degree in social work, which she received from the University of Utah in 1991. Anne had a private practice were she counseled many people. She worked for 22 years until she retired in 2012 at the age of 75.
Anne was positive, kind, and gentle. She wanted everyone to be happy and did whatever she could to help people. She loved to ride in her car and drink diet cokes. Anne loved to be warm. She loved the sun and was probably the only person who wore a sweater in 90-degree weather. When she was a baby, her mother placed a hot water bottle in her crib. Since then she always slept with a hot water bottle or a hot pad. She was a great conversationalist. Anne always knew what questions to ask to get someone to start talking. She had many close friends and family. She loved to be with them, to talk with them or go out to eat with them. She enjoyed cooking and always loved to make family dinners, and throw family parties. Anne had a strong testimony of the Gospel and was always active in her LDS ward.
Anne is survived by her husband, Allen Brent Brockbank and her 7 children: Michael, Bryan, Kent, Eric, LynnAnne, Joe and Jennie. She had 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Kimball Romney, and her sister, Barbara Galler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Antone and Gretta Romney, and her fourth child Richard Romney Burbidge, who died shortly after his birth.
There will be a viewing at the Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 North Main St., Farmington, Utah on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm. On Wednesday, July 18, 2012 there will be a final viewing from 9:30-10:30am followed by the funeral services from 11-12pm. The services will be held at the Farmington South Stake Center at 695 South 200 East, Farmington, Utah. The interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery at 1:30pm. Friends and Family are welcome to come.
You may send flowers to Russon Brothers Mortuary or you can make a donation to the LDS church humanitarian aid fund.
Anne was the best mother, grandmother, and wife. She was a beautiful light in the world and will be deeply missed. We love you.
Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 17, 2012