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Obituary: Susan Bonna Ashby Brinton

Published: Friday, Feb. 26 1999 12:00 a.m. MST

Bonna Brinton died Feb. 25, 1999 following the sudden onset of acute myelogenous leukemia.

She was born Sept. 7, 1917 in American Fork, Utah to Robert L. and Hannah Cropper Ashby. She was the youngest of six daughters and also had four brothers. She grew up in American Fork and was seminary valedictorian and also valedictorian of her graduating class at American Fork High School.She graduated from Brigham Young University in foods and nutrition and office practice. She was chosen BYU's first Homecoming Queen. She was also elected President of Associated Women Students and graduated with honors. In addition, she graduated from Provo School of Beauty. Bonna taught business practice classes at Spanish Fork High School before serving in the Eastern States Mission for the LDS Church where she met her future husband, Sherman Simons Brinton. Upon completing her mission, she worked as the personal secretary for Presiding Bishop LeGrand Richards, sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and taught shorthand and typing at the LDS Business College night school.

Bonna and Sherm were married Sept. 24, 1943 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Pres. David O. McKay. Following Sherm's World War II duty as medical officer in Europe, Sherm's ophthalmology training brought them to St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. They settled in Salt Lake City where Sherm practiced Ophthalmology for over 40 years.

Bonna served in many callings in the LDS Church including: the Relief Society General Board for more than 11 years, various Ward and Stake Relief Society and Sunday School callings, and since 1994 with Sherm as missionaries at the Family History Library, where she continued to serve until two weeks ago.

Bonna was appreciated for her unselfish service and work for others, especially her family. She used her homemaking skills extensively throughout her life; the family will miss her wonderful fresh fruit plates.

She served in the community as PTA President and as a volunteer with the Travelers Aid Society. She enjoyed flower arranging and recently took up oil painting.

Bonna is survived by her husband of 55 years, Sherman, and their seven children: Susan B. Brown (Bruce), Provo; Dr. James A. Brinton (Barbara), Provo; Richard C. Brinton (Marilyn), Fremont, CA; Dr. Gregory S. Brinton (Sally), Salt Lake City; Dr. Eliot A. Brinton (Bethany), Mesa, AZ; Dr. Daniel A. Brinton (Wendy), Danville, CA and Mark A. Brinton, Alexandria, VA; 42 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters: Mary A. Porter, Provo; Eda A. Bingham, Provo; brothers: William C. Ashby, Chattanooga, TN; Dr. Richard L. Ashby, Oakland, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters: Ruth A. Ivie, Althea A. Kimball, Lucretia A. Arbon and brothers: Robert Morrell Ashby, Armis J. Ashby.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 1st, 1 p.m., at Monument Park Stake Center, 13th South and Wasatch Drive (2520 East), Salt Lake City. Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 28th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 255 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, and on Monday, March 1st at the church between 11 and 12:30 prior to the services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. John H. Ward and the entire medical team at University Hospital who so lovingly cared for our mother.

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