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Elaine Barton

Elaine Barton (Davis)

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Private family services will be held; a webcast of those services will be available on Friday, June 12, 2020 starting at 11:00 a.m. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.walkersanderson.com

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Elaine Katherine Barton passed away peacefully in her home in Orem, Utah, on June 3, 2020. Elaine was born in New York City on September 22, 1937 to Hortense and Elmer Davis. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, where as a high school senior she met her sweetheart, Garold Clifton Barton. Elaine and Gary corresponded for the entirety of his LDS mission in Argentina/Chile, and were married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on January 24, 1959. Over the course of her life, Elaine was a constant example of patience, understanding, and benevolence. Her steadfast testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ enriched all aspects of her life, and her deep love for and commitment to her family was evident to all who knew her. Elaine and Gary’s marriage was the start of a remarkable adventure: Together, they raised 11 wonderful children and supported each other through 61 years of marriage.

Elaine’s devotion as a wife and mother is a hallmark of her extraordinary legacy. She made a point of surrounding herself with family, and used her talents to enrich the lives of those around her. She was a loyal daughter and daughter-in-law, a compassionate companion and mother, and an open-minded listener. She had a big, genuine smile that could light up a room. She encouraged humor, practiced selflessness, and was consistently focused on what mattered most in life. She had a number of hobbies, including crafting, reading, and studying the gospel. She also played a mean game of Scrabble and loved crossword puzzles. Over the course of her life and marriage, she kept a close record of life’s events and experiences—these journals are a testament to her skill and accomplishments as a writer.

Elaine was known amongst family and friends as a “party animal.” She loved entertaining, hosting family get-togethers, and spending time with her grandchildren. As a result, the large Barton extended family enjoyed a special closeness. Many evenings were spent eating, laughing, and playing together. Family reunions in Idaho, white elephant parties, and backyard barbecues were regular favorites. No matter the circumstances, Elaine and Gary’s home was a warm place of welcome where everyone was accepted and appreciated. It was not unusual for family gatherings to include loved ones not related by blood, and sometimes even to include strangers in need of a helping hand.

Elaine and Gary both actively sought opportunities to help others at every stage of their marriage. Elaine served in many church callings, and she and Gary served an LDS mission on the Navajo Reservation. Together, they were constantly seeking opportunities to ease others’ burdens.

Despite life’s setbacks and the challenges of raising 11 children, Elaine was uniquely nonjudgmental and optimistic. She approached life with unrivaled positivity, always coming back to her favorite scripture, Proverbs 3:5–6, in times of trouble. Elaine had a master talent for recognizing the divine potential in every person she encountered, and she treated everyone in her life accordingly. In all ways possible, Elaine was a woman without guile. In fact, it is difficult to imagine Elaine saying anything negative about anyone—it was not in her nature to criticize others, or to agonize over things outside her control. In all aspects of her life, she trusted God and “leaned not unto [her] own understanding.” She will always exist in our hearts as an enduring example of unconditional love and faith in God’s plan.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Gary, four sons and seven daughters, Eric Barton (Terri), Tyler Barton (Sharee), Gary Barton Jr. (Jennifer), Darla Lambson (Jeff), Valeri Tate (Randy), Lara Rogers (Doug), Carinne Edwards (Gavin), Spencer Barton, Natali Hatfield (Lanny) Merilee Sorensen (Andrew), and Darci Barton (Hannah). She has 43 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, with five on the way. She is also survived by her sister, Joann Kirby.

Due to the corona-virus, a viewing will be held by invitation on Thursday, June 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home in Orem. Funeral services will be limited to family members, and will take place at the same location at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12th. A family prayer will take place at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Orem City Cemetery.

Private family services will be held; a webcast of those services will be available on Friday, June 12, 2020 starting at 11:00 a.m. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.walkersanderson.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Notes
    Current Covid-19 guidelines observed
  • Service

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Notes
    Private family services will be held; a webcast of those services will be available on Friday, June 12, 2020 starting at 11:00 a.m. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.walkersanderson.com

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Adrienne Rogers Hutchins

Posted at 10:56pm
Ever since my grandma's passing, I can't stop thinking of all the wonderful memories I have with her. My grandma Elaine is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. Her example is a constant reminder to me of the kind of woman I want to become. She was genuine and full of light and love! Despite having countless children and grandchildren, she always made each of us feel special and cared for. Some of my happiest childhood memories were made at my grandma and grandpa's house. When I was really young, I remember asking her how she got all of her babies. She laughed and told me that she just prayed and prayed! I think I went home that night and prayed my hardest for babies of my own and I kept praying until I learned how grandma really got all of her babies. I also remember when she would call for me from the "den" (where she was probably reading the Ensign or working on a crossword puzzle) - I would come in to see what she wanted and she would ask if I would go grab the mail for her so she could see if she had won a million dollars! I was always so excited to run out to the mailbox in hopes that my grandma was going to be rich, it never felt like a chore to me. Her trick worked :) My grandma loved to watch the Oscars, she enjoyed seeing all the beautiful gowns and I think she really appreciated the arts. She and my grandpa would attend several concerts, musicals, and movies together. She made the yummiest homemade bread. She always had pansies and petunias in her flowerpots. She loved wearing slippers around the house. There are so many memories of my grandma that make me smile and feel so grateful to be her granddaughter. We love and miss you, Grandma! I am excited for the day when I get to be with you again!

Sara Barton Thomas

Posted at 01:32pm
I’m not even sure where to start but I do know that I feel so much gratitude that I was blessed to be a part of the Barton family! Grandma Barton was truly one of the best. I have so many fond memories of spending time at her home and feeling so loved by her. When my dad lived with her and we could come spend the weekend she would make “rolled up pancakes” for breakfast on Saturday mornings.. that was always a treat!
She always planned a girl cousin sleepover during Christmas time and would plan a special devotional and make home made pizza for us. In the mornings grandpa always went out and got us donuts and chocolate milk. Those were some of the very best times of my life!
A funny memory that I can share is when I was just newly married to Jc and we went up to the timeshare in Park City. Grandma had gone to lay down for a nap and when she got up to come back out with all of us her pants fell down right to the floor right in front of Jc! Her face was pure shock and she just said “oh! What happened?!” And then we all just laughed! She was probably VERY embarrassed but she laughed with the rest of us and it was just cute. She had a sense of humor and just made life great!
I just feel so grateful for her influence in my life and it’s a blessing to know that she’s continuing to watch over us now.

Sara Barton Thomas

Posted at 01:31pm
I’m not even sure where to start but I do know that I feel so much gratitude that I was blessed to be a part of the Barton family! Grandma Barton was truly one of the best. I have so many fond memories of spending time at her home and feeling so loved by her. When my dad lived with her and we could come spend the weekend she would make “rolled up pancakes” for breakfast on Saturday mornings.. that was always a treat!
She always planned a girl cousin sleepover during Christmas time and would plan a special devotional and make home made pizza for us. In the mornings grandpa always went out and got us donuts and chocolate milk. Those were some of the very best times of my life!
A funny memory that I can share is when I was just newly married to Jc and we went up to the timeshare in Park City. Grandma had gone to lay down for a nap and when she got up to come back out with all of us her pants fell down right to the floor right in front of Jc! Her face was pure shock and she just said “oh! What happened?!” And then we all just laughed! She was probably VERY embarrassed but she laughed with the rest of us and it was just cute. She had a sense of humor and just made life great!
I just feel so grateful for her influence in my life and it’s a blessing to know that she’s continuing to watch over us now.
VD

Victoria davis

Posted at 08:59pm
Dear Gary and Barton children,
Aunt Elaine was a perfect example of what it means to be a wonderful, loving, caring, compassionate and godly person. A person we all strive to be like. We will always cherish the memories of the times we had dinners with the family. Charlie and I are so sorry for your loss.
Victoria and Charlie (nephew) Davis
CL

Cara Leeper

Posted at 08:45pm
I want to thank you for sharing your special family memories of Elaine. It was uplifting to be with her as a friend, neighbor, Ward member, “sister” in Relief Society and just an admirer. I wept as I listen to her funeral. What a wonderful place the world would be, if we each could make it as “safe” for other as Elaine was able to do. As has been said, her obituary seemed to be such an accurate tribute: her Wonderful WARM smile, gentleness in meetings, the definition of “without guile and a virtuous woman.” I have heard her say “what a wonderful problem to have” many times (and I am not “a Barton” - but would like to be!) I have also heard her quote Proverbs 3:5-6 and knew she meant it! Her recipes in the Relief Society Ward cookbook are some of my favorites and I remember her winning Grand Prize for her cheesecake at a Ward Dessert bake off. It made me smile that she made “Oatmeal cake” just like my mom’s recipe. But even more, I remember her never hesitating to bring dinner or a dish to a family in need or to a Ward Party. I am amazed she prepared and had a regular dinner time with such a large busy family! (That alone qualifies her as an celestial being / Heroine in my book) I remember her singing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” to us in Relief Society (with a cute dance step) when she was our president and encouraging us to “do our visiting teaching.” (she was decades ahead of us on the meaning of ministering) I remember her on the cover of the “Children’s Friend” with your family around her as well as teaching primary classes to other children. She collected “Pennies by the Inch” for Primary Children’s hospital and it was obvious she loved children. She was so sweet to Nola and I admired that Elaine wanted to be close and take care of her, as well as all her “sons and daughters” and grandchildren. She said the kindest things about anyone she was including in her conversations. She was truly “without guile.” It was her gift. Most of all, I loved hearing her talk about “Gary” and their ongoing courtship. . . as well as hearing him speak about her. Their devotion to each other was one of my favorite things about visiting with them. What an amazing family you are Bartons - Elaine must be experiencing genuine joy. I love to think of her now being able to be free to bless you all in new ways (and she doesn’t have worry about making John Wayne Casserole for 100) ❤️
Sister Cara Leeper
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