Maxine Smith Barton
- Location: Southern Utah Mortuary Milford
- Location: Milford Cemetery
Our sweet, gentle, loving and gracious Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother Maxine Smith (Gibson) Barton passed away February 20, 2013, in the Milford Valley Hospital. She was born February 12, 1918 to Lawrence Booth and Vera Maxwell Smith in Kanab, Utah. Maxine married Kenneth Evans Barton April 2, 1940 in the St. George Temple.
Mother was an avid (a saint) member of the LDS Church holding many different positions in the Relief Society, Primary and Sunday School. She was an active member of The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Silver Desert Camp. She also taught Boy Scouts for many years. Interests included reading Louis Lamoure novels; she could relate to animals in a very special way; sewing in which she made numerous shirts, pajamas, dresses etc. making her own patterns; traveling, her last being a cruise to Alaska; her embroidery work was very meticulous; and riding in the mountains. Most of all she loved to dance, teaching at school and dancing with anyone who would “wiggle” with her.
Her main priority was love of her family. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do or try, especially for the children (all children for that matter) who she would entertain for hours, playing cards, games and reading to them making the characters come to life. She worked tirelessly making her home a place of welcome. She so appreciated anyone who took the time to come visit her. Her appreciation shown with hugs which she gave of freely and a sincere “thank you.” (Sometimes with a wink).
Preceded in death by her husband, daughter Marie, grandsons: Ray L. Barton, Allan Troy Barton and Travis R. Mayer; granddaughter Christine Rollo, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.
Survived by son Leslie (Patsy) Barton, and daughter Phyllis (Richard) Mayer; Grandchildren: Chad (Michelle) Barton, Tina Barton, Heather (Kerry) Sherwood, and Michael (Tiffany) Mayer; Sixteen Great Grandchildren; Seventeen Great-Great Grandchildren; sisters Merla Ashton and Beth (Tom)Wieland; LaDean Hale and Rae Nordell; One Aunt Lucille Smolinski.
Her main goal was to live to her 95th birthday. Mom you made it!! Many friends have gone before you and many more are left behind. Just know you were dearly loved.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the Southern Utah Mortuary in Milford, Utah on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Graveside service and interment will be at the Milford Cemetery at 11:30 am, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
Our thanks to the staff of the Milford Valley Hospital for their loving care throughout the years. Just know that your hugs and sense of humour meant a lot to her.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MVH, Att: Nanette, Box 640, Milford, Utah 84751 in Mom’s memory for the long term care unit.