Kathryn Anne Smith Brown
1931 ~ 2017

Our loving mother, sister, grandma, aunt, and friend continued her eternal progression peacefully on January 27, 2017. She had been surrounded for several days by her loving family and kind helpers.

Kathryn was born May 1, 1931 in Salt Lake City, UT to Henry Allen and Anne Lovell Wager Smith. She grew up in the Pioneer Stake where she met and fell in love with her handsome husband Sherman Daniel Brown. She graduated from West High School and worked for Interstate Motor Lines. Kathryn and Sherman were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 11, 1953 by Joseph Fielding Smith. They were blessed with five children: Leon Henry (deceased), Dannie (Carl) Harper, Anne Crane (Patrick) Pouliot, Suzanne (James) Stephenson, and Lori (Matt) Waddel. Together they have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, each of whom she loved dearly.

Kathryn loved her family deeply and served them with all of her heart. She was a wonderful cook and baker; some of our favorites include pepper steak, Swedish meatballs, oven-fried chicken, meatloaf, cube steak, homemade rolls and chocolate cake, and jumbo raisin cookies. She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes for herself and her children, cheerleading uniforms for her daughters who cheered for their church basketball team, and wardrobes of baby doll and Barbie clothes. She was a talented artist; she painted many beautiful oil paintings. Kathryn was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom, but she worked from home for Sherman’s parents’ business–Leon Brown Floral Company–making thousands of feather flowers, velour roses, silk roses, bows, and adornments for corsages. She loved to read and do needlework. She loved to go to the symphony, the opera, and the ballet. She played classical music frequently at home. She had a passion for chocolate, especially C.K. Cummings.

After many years of teaching, loving, and raising her children, she went to work in the secretarial pool at the University of Illinois. She worked very hard and moved up to administrative aide to the Dean of the College of Communications and enjoyed the association of many friends and colleagues.

Kathryn was a devoted and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had an unwavering testimony of the Gospel. She loved the Book of Mormon. Kathryn served unselfishly in many church callings. She served as the Stake Relief Society President in the Champaign, Illinois Stake and cherished her association with the sisters she served. One of her favorite callings was transcribing patriarchal blessings when Sherman served as Stake Patriarch. She was a devoted visiting teacher. At times, she drove miles to visit and love her sisters.

Kathryn is predeceased by her husband Sherman; her son Leon; her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Nola and Sterling Weed; and her brother-in-law David Leon Brown. She is survived by her four daughters and their husbands, her dear sisters and best friends Myrna Smith and Julie (Robert) Lambert, her sister-in-law Linda Brown, her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

With all of our hearts, Kathryn’s family wishes to thank the loving staff of Highland Glen Assisted Living (formerly The Ashford) in Highland, UT; Meaghan, Collette, and Tonia from First Choice HHC; and Aspen Senior Care for their tender and loving care of our dear mother. We also wish to thank the Relief Society presidency and branch presidency of the Wild Rose Branch for their love and devoted service. The family would also like to thank Warenski Funeral Directors for their respectful and caring service.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home and again on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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