Afton Brown De Haan 1904 ~ 2011 Our precious mother passed away on Mother's Day, May 8. She departed for her heavenly home and her beloved husband. She was born July 24, 1904, in North Ogden, Utah, daughter of George E and Ida Maud Stahr (Dudman) Brown. She was the second oldest living person in Utah. She married John E. De Haan in the Salt Lake Temple on March 28, 1928. Her pioneer ancestry includes a great-grandmother in the Willie Handcart Company, a great-grandfather, John White, led wagon trains to Utah and was awarded a land grant by President Brigham young, which included much of North Ogden, Utah. She graduated from Weber State College with a degree in Humanities. Afton excelled in history and English. She was a gifted seamstress, loved to travel, and visited countries all over the world. Afton worked at De Haan Paint and Wallpaper store for 15 years. She fulfilled many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over he life's span of 106 years. Her favorite calling was teaching Blazer primary boys' classes for 25 years. She was an election judge for 50 years and was active in politics. Afton served as a hostess for the Bee Hive House. She was a member of Daughter of Utah Pioneers for 53 years. Preceded in death by her husband and five brothers: Clair, Everett, Lewis, Arthur, and Frank, and one sister, Annis (Howard) Tribe. She is survived by three daughters: Irene (Ken) Hastings; Joanne (Gordon) Smith; Lynda (Ken) Jensen; two sisters, Mildred (Ray) Richards; Shirley (Glen) Garlick. She has 26 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 39 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Foothill Sixth Ward chapel, 2215 East Roosevelt Ave. (1400 So. 2200 E.) Saturday, May 17 at 12 noon. Viewing will be 10-11:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn cemetery, 3401 Highland Drive. The family of Afton De Haan wishes to thank her care givers and Dignity Hospice for their loving care.
Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company