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Rhoda May (Christensen) Brinkerhoff

Born: Sat., Aug. 7, 1920
Died: Thu., Jul. 5, 2018


Visitation

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 13, 2018
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jul. 13, 2018
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Interment following funeral service

Fri., Jul. 13, 2018
Location: Lovell Cemetery


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Rhoda May Brinkerhoff, age 97 and a long-time resident of Lovell, Wyoming, passed away quietly in her sleep on July 5th, 2018 in Rigby, Idaho, where she had been living recently with her son, Jim, and his family.  Rhoda May Christensen was born in Victor, Idaho, on August 7, 1920 and grew up during the depression in a four-room log house on small farm five miles from Victor.  May  was fortunate to have been  born into a large, loving family, was  the daughter of  Neanon Christensen and Martha Maude  Christensen and  was  the  8th  of  12  children who all  preceded May in death as did her loving husband, Lavell Clark Brinkerhoff, who died 19 years ago.

She graduated high school in Driggs, Idaho and attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City.  In 1944, during World War II,  she moved to Lovell, Wyoming for work and there  met Lavell  “Vel”) Brinkerhoff who was home on leave from the U.S. Navy   They fell in love and, after a long distance but brief courtship, they were married  in Cambridge,  Massachusetts on August 13, 1945.  After Vel’s honorable discharge from the Navy in 1947, their marriage was sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple where May also was sealed to her parents.  

Vel had a long and varied career primarily in law enforcement, and, over the next fifty years, the family moved multiple times living in Lovell, Pinedale, Green River, Basin, Cody, Edmonds, Washington, Pocatello, Idaho, Hardin, MT, and Cheyenne Wyoming.  They had six children and, after they were all grown, Vel and May returned to Lovell.  May was a full time wife and mother most of the time but also worked at times  as a cook for  county jail inmates, a medical transcriptionist, a medical lab technician,  a pilot car driver, and a  bookkeeper.

A life-long faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, May served in countless callings and capacities in the Church. For decades, she could be found making quilts for the needy. She especially loved to make quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, May loved people, loved doing family history, and loved to paint, read and cook.   But, throughout her entire life, family always came first.  Not only did her husband and children come first, but also her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and her siblings, nieces, and nephews, cousins and in-laws. May loved to be with them all as often and for as long as she could.    “Aunt May” or “Grandma” or just “May” welcomed everyone into her home and treated everyone like family.  Her life has been one of selfless service to her family, extended family, and so many others.  

May is survived by her six children and their spouses: Richard of Lovell, Wyo., Jeff and wife Bennie of Casper, Wyo., Jim and wife Betty of Rigby, Idaho, Steve and wife Virginia of Cheyenne, Wyo., her daughter Marti Grobecker of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Val and wife Trina of Elk Ridge, Utah.    May also is survived by 20 grandchildren, and an increasing number of great grandchildren (32 and counting).

Her family was blessed to have known her and will miss her but are comforted that she has been reunited with her husband and eternal companion as well as with other loved ones who have gone before.  

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 13th, 2018   at the Lovell LDS Stake Center, 50 West Main Street in Lovell, Wyoming in the East Chapel.  Family prayer will be held just prior to the funeral in the East chapel at 1 p.m.  

Dedication of the Grave and internment will take place at the Lovell Cemetery, 1123 Lane 13, Lovell, Wyoming immediately following the funeral.

Following the graveside service, a meal for the family will be served at the Cultural Hall of the LDS Stake Center at 50 West Main Street in Lovell.

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