Hilda Brooks Barnett

January 22, 1929 — August 4, 2013

Hilda Brooks Barnett

Hilda Brooks Barnett, 84, most recently of Syracuse, Utah died Sunday, August 4, after a brief battle with renal cancer. Hilda was born January 22, 1929, the 6th of 7 children in St George, Utah to Frederick and Levinah (Allen) Brooks and was raised in La Verkin, Utah. Hilda was a curious, somewhat mischievous child who enjoyed sports and being outside with her father at the electrical plant that he ran. She graduated from Hurricane High School where she excelled in writing. She spent most of her adult life in Washington State, but moved to Utah just over 3 years ago with her husband to live with her daughter, Deb, and her husband, Barry. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, family was the most important thing in Hilda's life. Hilda married William O. Barnett on April 15th, 1947 in the St. George temple. They enjoyed over 66 years together. Hilda and Bill adopted 7 children: Brooks, Larry, Ed, Debiann, Beverly, Ruth, and Randy. They also fostered several Native American children. Hilda also had 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, all of her 6 siblings, her daughter, Beverly, and 3 great-grandchildren. Hilda was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings within the church including Primary, Sunday School, Relief Society, and Cub Scouting. Her favorite church service was the 10 years she served with her husband in the Seattle Temple. Hilda worked as a dental assistant early in her marriage, then as an administrator in dental offices to earn money for her children's missions and college educations when her children got old enough so the older ones could care for the younger ones. Hilda and Bill also owned the Friday Harbor Bakery in the 1970's and 80's. Hilda was responsible for running around Seattle every week to gather supplies. Hilda enjoyed crocheting and donated dozens of baby blankets to foster children in Washington. In addition, she crocheted an afghan for each of her children and grandchildren. Hilda was a prolific poet and often wrote poems to honor milestones in the lives of her family and many friends. She particularly enjoyed writing about our Savior and had a tradition of writing a poem for her Christmas card each year, writing the Christmas story from the point of view of several non-traditional characters: the donkey, the stable-boy at the inn, the star and others. She was also an avid reader. Mysteries were her favorite. Hilda enjoyed traveling around the world with her husband, tagging along on many of his business trips. The two also went on many cruises, which they absolutely loved. Hilda always enjoyed her pet dogs and cats. The family teased her that she loved those animals more than the kids, they were so spoiled. Hilda will always be remembered for the enduring love she has for her husband, Bill, her children and their spouses, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. One grandchild spoke for the whole family when he said, "I will always fondly remember spending time with Grandma during the summers, watching game shows and cartoons, playing board games and cards, and having apple juice on the ferry ride to Friday Harbor. Thank you, Grandma, for living your life as an example to me and to so many others, and for helping me become what and who I am today, I love you!" Viewings will be held Friday evening, August 9, from 7:00-8:30 and Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 at the LDS Legacy Park Stake Center at 2045 S 1475 W in Syracuse. Services will follow the Saturday viewing at 11:00. Burial at Syracuse City Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral. If you would like, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a foster child nonprofit agency such as Treehouse. Information can be obtained from their website at http://www.treehouseforkids.org/donate/ The family would also like to thank the staff at Rocky Mountain Hospice, especially Robert, Heather and Dr. Moreland for their care and compassion for Hilda these past few weeks.
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