BICKNELL — Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, Afton Brinkerhoff Taylor, 95, passed away Aug. 12, 2019, in Cedar City, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born April 2, 1924, in Bicknell, a daughter of Royal James and Beatrice Brinkerhoff Taylor. She grew up in Bicknell and graduated from Wayne High School, class of 1942. She married Don Emil Taylor April 2, 1942, in Bicknell. They made their home in Bicknell, where they raised their five children. They were later divorced.

Afton was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the stake primary and stake relief society presidencies, as a ministering sister and teacher. 

She moved to Cedar City in the early 1980s and worked for the U.S. Park Service, where she received the Lifetime Service Award. 

Afton enjoyed playing pinochle, making caramel candies and apple pies, gardening, genealogy, and writing. She authored the book, “Tie It To A Cedar.” She loved her family and enjoyed being around them.

Afton is survived by her youngest daughter, Jean Gillespie, Blackfoot, Idaho; son-in-law, Met Johnson, Cedar City; 17 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by four children, Lana Johnson, Michael Royal Taylor, Karl Don Taylor and Julia Anna Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at 11 a.m., in the Thurber LDS ward chapel in Bicknell, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Bicknell Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina.

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