Kathryn "Kaye" Smith Barrett 6/15/1918 ~ 3/9/2011Comment on this story
Kaye died peacefully in her sleep, completing a life characterized by spunk, wit, and charm. As she said, "It's hard to get dead," and we are glad she is comfortable at last. She was born in Salt Lake City, where she lived most of her life and raised her family. She attended West High School, and was proud, in 1935, to be the first woman recipient of an award for outstanding scholarship given by the Salt Lake Tribune. Following high school she loved the years she spent at the University of Utah. She made dear friends in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, serving as president and continuing that association after graduation. The national sorority awarded her membership in the Diamond Arrow Society for 75 years of membership. She excelled scholastically and was a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. She was heard to remark, "How can I have a Phi Kappa Phi award on the wall and have such a messy house." She always preferred reading to cleaning. She was the most devoted fan of the Bookmobile and had a deal with the driver to get the newest books. There were 10 stacked by her bed and she always read the last chapter first to make sure they were worthy of her time. On August 21, 1941 she married E. LeVerl Barrett and enjoyed 68 years of companionship with him. In 1956 they purchased a little cinder block cabin in Alta, Utah, that became a dearly beloved gathering place. All of her children learned to identify the wildflowers she loved in Albion Basin, with new generations now loving Indian paintbrush and Fremont geraniums. And they learned to ski. She served as the president of the Salt Lake Medical Auxiliary, and had many callings in the LDS church among them serving in the primary and as President of Young Women's. Her playwriting skills brought "The Land of Dreams Come True" to the "roadshow" stage. While serving as its editor for many years, she made the ward Newsletter worth reading. She wanted it said that she loved her family, her friends, and Alta. Her family includes five children: Stephen Barrett (Daryl Cameron), Bruce Barrett (Kaye Anderson), Kathleen Barrett Petty (Charles), Lane Barrett (Kathleen Collins), Shelley Barrett Henriod (Paul); 21 grandchildren, and 18 great-grand-children. We are so grateful to Janice, Jenn, Sarah, Kathleen, and Corina for the tender care that enabled Mom to stay in her home. We also acknowledge the staff at Care Source hospice; they were wonderful. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Jane Barrett Memorial Fund at the University of Utah College of Architecture +Planning, 375 South 1530 East, Room 235, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 14, 12 Noon at the Monument Park Ward, 1005 South 2000 East. Friends may call Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and again Monday morning one hour prior to the services at the ward.