LaVerne Brinkerhoff Pinto b. 23 March 1918, Woodruff AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 174-175
LaVerne is the daughter of Levi Brinkerhoff and Rhoda Turley.

Brinkerhoff, LaVerne b. 1918 m. Pinto

LaVerne was born April 10, 1918 in Woodruff and married William Alphaeus Pinto on June 2, 1936 in Woodruff. They had six boys:

William Vern Pinto, born May 23, 1937 at Winslow, Ariz. He married Hanelore Adam, born Sept 4, 1937 in Erbstadt, East Germany, on May 4, 1958 in Erbstadt. They have two girls: Janette Deborah and Audry Ann. William is a steel salesman for Hillson Steel Co. of Durant, Oklahoma.

Kenneth Ray Pinto, born March 4, 1940 at Winslow, married Carol Ann Anning, born Jan. 29, 1947 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on April 2, 1966 in Sunnyvale, California. They have two children: Thomas Kevin and Kelly Annette. Kenneth is an experimental machinist.

Donald Rex Pinto, born Febr. 13, 1943 at Winslow, Died Jan. 26, 1945 of the croup.
Robert Cal Pinto, born Dec. 26, 1945 at Winslow, married April 4, 1971 in Springfield, Mass, to Elizabeth Lee Donovan, born March 3, 1947 in Springfield, Mass. They have one daughter, Allison Mae. Robert is a computer expert in designing systems.

James Levi Pinto, born February 15, 1951 at Winslow, married in March of 1972 in Brownwood, Texas to Shona Janlne Drewry, born July 11, 1954. They have one son, Christopher Jason, James is an installer for General Telephone Co.\

Brian Keith Pinto, born Oct. 14, 1953 at Brownwood, Texas. Brian is a student, has attended Washington State College in Pullman, Wash, and will finish a degree at the University of Texas in Austin.

LaVerne and her husband reside in Brownwood, Texas where her husband is an engineer for the Santa Fe Railway. She is a Relief Society Presiden

Brinkerhoff, LaVerne d. 2008 m. Pinto

The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona ~ June 5, 2008

LaVerne Brinkerhoff Pinto passed on to the Lord on June 1, 2008, in a residence care home in San Antonio, Texas. She was born April 10, 1918, in Woodruff, the second child of Levi and Rhoda Brinkerhoff.

On June 2, 1936, she married William A. Pinto. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary before his passing in 2002.

LaVerne, Bill and their family transferred to Brownwood, Texas, from Winslow in 1951. Where, upon his retirement, they enjoyed traveling. They visited most of the 48 states and Canada, Mexico and Europe. They lived in Houston, Texas, Sandia Park, N.M., and Mesa before settling down in their last years in Spring Branch, Texas.

LaVerne was busy enjoying her handicrafts; which included ceramics, quilting, sewing and gardening. She loved camping, fishing and watching Little League ball games.

LaVerne had a real zest for life, which was often shown with her quick and fun sense of humor. She was strong in her church and her beliefs and set a great example for her family. She loved her family and was an inspiration and guiding light for them all. Her family was her pride and her strength. She was happiest when she could help all them with any of their projects. The love she had for them held the family together.

LaVerne was a very loving and strong lady. She was a great mom, grandma (“oma”) and sister. Her family will all miss her deeply. They know she is now with her first and most true love, “our dad.” She was always proud of her family and they are even more proud to have had her as their mom and oma. May God Bless her.

She is survived by five sons, William, (Juanita) of Santa Anna, Texas, Kenneth (Carol) of Eagle, Idaho, Robert (Betsy) of Spring Branch, Texas, James (Shona) of Gilmer, Texas, and Brian (Ginny) of Magnolia, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Arnold of Ketchum, Okla., and Carma King of Queen Creek; as well as many loving nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, son Donald, her parents, four sisters and three brothers.

Contributions may be given to the Boy Scouts of America or to your favorite charity in memory of LaVerne Pinto.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Woodruff Chapel, Woodruff, with a visitation one hour prior to the services.

Interment will be at the Woodruff Cemetery.

Owens Mortuary of Holbrook handled the arrangements.

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Ruby Grace Lundquist Smuin Funeral Plan

Smuin, Ruby Grace portrait

My Grandma Ruby died just 6 weeks after I was born.  She was battling breast cancer for more than 6 years, so she had some time to consider what she wanted done at her funeral to celebrate her life.

Here are the notes she took and the plans she made before she died on 19 February 1959.  Her funeral and burial were held on 23 February 1959 in Glendale, Los Angeles, California.

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Ruby’s death certificate:Smuin, Ruby Death Cert 1959

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Dono Chester Brinkerhoff b. 16 Feb 1920, Woodruff AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book, p. 175
Dono Chester is the son of Levi Brinkerhoff and Rhoda Turley.

Dono was born February 16, 1920 in Woodruff and married Gertrude Owens on Jan. 26, 1926. Dono’s past Church work has been: first assistant in Sunday School in Coolidge, Jr. Men Leader in Holbrook, Explorer Leader in Coolidge, stake Sunday School Superintendent in Holbrook, Sunday School teacher in Mesa, and first and second counselors in Elders Quorum in Mesa.

Brinkerhoff, Dono and Derrell

Dono and Derrell Brinkerhoff

Brinkerhoff, Dono Chester d. 1993 Woodruff AZ

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The Lehi Meeting House, where our Bushman Family Attended, Built 1855

Lehi Meeting House modified 1953 (3)

The Meeting House in the late 1800s.  The Thurman School can be seen in the back.

by Lee Anderson

The Meeting House was built in 1855 in the center of the Lehi Fort, (located on the southwest corner of 200 Wesr and 100 South)  Nearly twenty years later on the cold winter Sunday morning of February 6, 1870, John Bushman put an extra armful of wood in the stove that stood in the southeast corner of the room to warm the building up for the days meetings.  Unseen to everyone was a little chunk of plaster that had fallen off the wall near the stove exposing the wood lathe behind it.  The intense heat from the stove caused the exposed lathe to ignite and the fire moved unseen through the wall into the roof.

A few hours later, Isaac Fox and some other small boys who were playing in John Zimmerman’s orchard were the first to notice the smoke coming out of the roof.  They ran to the Meeting House and told some older boys about the smoke.  Members of the congregation in Sacrament meeting were engrossed in a sermon by Charles D. Evans when Charlie Karren stepped inside the meeting and said, “Don’t get excited brethren and sisters, but the meeting house is on fire.”  All interest in the speaker suddenly vanished as the entire congregation arose and rushed for the door.  The crowd was so dense that mothers had to grab and carry their small children to keep them from being trampled.

Once everyone was outside, many of the men “got very excited and lost their heads completely.”  They were using kerosene lamps for lighting and some of the men tore them off the walls and threw them out the windows.  Others began ripping up the floor boards and  tearing off the cornices in an effort to save them.  One man called for an axe so he could chop the pillars to let the roof cave in an effort to save it.

Thankfully, John Stewart stepped forward and gave some order to the chaos.  John took the axe and cut a hole in the roof at the head of the stairway.  Once the hole was big enough he climbed inside so he could assess the situation.  He told the men to form a bucket brigade to get water from John C. Nagel’s well that was east of the meeting house.  When they emptied his well they moved the bucket brigade to Israel Evans’ well that was to the north.  Through their efforts they were able to bring the fire under control.  The fire burnt the middle two thirds of the roof nearly the whole length of the building, but the damage done by others in an effort to save the building was nearly as bad.

The bishops decided to make some major improvements on the inside of the building while doing the repairs.  This renovation was just the first of many over the next 100+ years.  The Thurman School was eventually combined with the Meeting House and a chapel was added.  The building was in constant use until 1972 when it was replaced with a new chapel that stands there today.

Lehi Meeting House modified 1953 (1)

The Meeting House after it was modified into the First ward Chapel in 1953.

Lehi Meeting House map 18901890 map showing the Meeting House/  Israel Evans’ home is shown north of the Meeting House, (towards the top of the map)

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Martin Benjamin Bushman b. 5 February 1841

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.785
BUSHMAN, MARTIN BENJAMIN (son of Martin Bushman and Elizabeth Degen).

bushman, martin benjamin portrait

Born Feb. 5, 1841, Lancaster county, Pa. Came to Utah September, 1851, James Allred company.

Married Lucinda Ludelia Goodwin March 21, 1863, Salt Lake City (daughter of Isaac Goodwin and Laura Hotchkiss), who was born April 4, 1843. Their children: Mary Elizabeth [p.786] b. Sept. 29, 1864; Martin Isaac b. Oct. 9, 1865, m. Ruie Holden June 4, 1890; Laura Ellen b. Oct. 9, 1865, m. William F. Butt Nov. 11, 1885; Nancy Lucinda b. Oct. 3, 1868; Sarah b. June 17, 1870; Lewis Jacob b. July 16, 1872, m. Martha Spencer Nov. 1, 1895; Edith b. March 3, 1875; Rhoda b. Sept. 5, 1877, m. William Oborn Aug. 14, 1902; Esther, twin of Rhoda; Emerett b. June 26, 1884. Family home Lehi, Utah.

Married Martha Worlton March 2, 1867, Salt Lake City (daughter of James Worlton and Elizabeth Borne, pioneers September, 1855—married Dec. 3, 1848, Somersetshire, Eng.). She was born Sept. 14, 1849, at Bath, Somersetshire. Their children: James Albert b. June 4, 1868, m. Emma Gurney Jan. 20, 1896; John Benjamin b. Nov. 16, 1870; Alva Alonzo b. Dec. 28, 1872; Flora Elizabeth b. Aug. 15, 1874, m. Suel Zimmerman Jan. 28, 1902; Eugene W. b. Dec. 14, 1876, m. Leah Christoferson March 27, 1901; Annie Lois b. April 27, 1880, m. Alma Miller Oct. 22, 1902; Martha Emma b. Sept. 3, 1882, m. William F. Gurney May 20, 1903; Cyrus William b. Sept. 23, 1884; Drucilla Jane b. Nov. 24, 1886; Vera b. June 22, 1891.

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Derrell T. Brinkerhoff b. 2 Feb 1925, Woodruff AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 176-177

Derrell T. Brinkerhoff is the son of Levi Brinkerhoff and Rhoda Turley.

Brinkerhoff, Derrell b. 1925

Derrell T. Brinkerhoff was born Febr. 2, 1925 at Woodruff, Arizona. He married Rosetta June Hubbs on Oct. 13, 1946 in Gallup, New Mexico. Rosetta was born June 13, 1929 to Thomas Henry and Emma Brookshier Hubbs. They were sealed in the temple in December, 1958.

Derrell attended grade school in Woodruff and high school in Holbrook. He has held many positions in the LDS Church. He joined the U. S. Navy in March, 1943 and received an honorable discharge in November, 1945.

Derrell was a plumber and sheet metal man for his brother, Dono, in the construction business. Later he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Holbrook #1. Due to ill health he has had to give up both.

He was Justice of the Peace for seven and a half years and won the election 1007[?] in November, but due to a stroke in October, 1974 he could not go back.

Brinkerhoff, Derrell T. b. 1925

Children of Derrell and Rosetta Brinkerhoff:

Derrell T. Brinkerhoff, Jr., born Aug. 14, 1947 at Durango, Colo. He married Sandra Mortensen (now divorced) and Mrs. Mary Lou Green on May 17, 1974 in Tucson. He was in the Navy 4 years and is now going to the U. of A. He has two children and two step children.

Janet LaVerne Brinkerhoff, born Oct. 12, 1950 at Cortez, Colo.
She married Charles Keith Hall of Taylor, Ariz. on Aug. 24, 1968. They were sealed in the temple a year later and have three boys. Janet is Primary counselor and Keith is Sunday School President.

Terrel Lee Brinkerhoff, born May 18, 1954 at Holbrook, Arizona is just home from 3 years in the Navy.

Lyn Ann Brinkerhoff, born May 6, 1958 at Florence, Ariz is a senior in Holbrook High School.

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Ruby Grace Lundquist Smuin b. 6 January 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah

smuin, ruby with grace

I found this photo this last year in my Aunt Elsie’s scrapbook.  Elsie is a sister to my grandmother, Ruby Lundquist (m. Franklin Smuin).  In this photo, Ruby is holding my mother, Grace Helen Smuin (b. 14 January 1930).

I love this photo and her happy and beautiful face as a young mother.   She would have been 32 years old in 1930,  the same age I was when I held my first child.

I was born on the 5th of January, a day-early birthday gift to my grandma Ruby, who at the time was battling breast cancer.  Ruby died 23 February 1959, a month and a half after I was born.   I am happy to know we met, and she held me in her arms before she died.

This week we celebrate our birthdays, my grandma and I.  I am sending my love to her in her heavenly home.

lundquist, elsie with friends in glendale

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