Rosemarie May Brinkerhoff

Feb. 15, 1928 – Nov. 8, 2020

Rosemarie May Brinkerhoff passed away on Nov. 8, 2020, at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell at the age of 92.

Rosemarie was the seventh of 10 children born to Oliver Cromwell May and Grace Porter May. Rosemarie was born Feb. 15, 1928. She loved calling her nieces, Loretta and Cheryl, and her nephew, Perry, to say happy birthday because they all shared the same birthday.

Rosemarie was raised in Kane and had fond memories of all those that had lived there. She graduated from Lovell High School in 1946. The class statement was “Compel Me Not to Toe the Line.” 

She enjoyed her work as a telephone operator in Lovell. She served an LDS mission in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mission and had lifelong friends from Louisiana. She attended BYU and enjoyed her time there. 

She dated Floyd Brinkerhoff at home and long distance while he was attending BYU in Provo. Floyd and Rosemarie were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on March 20, 1956. The two resided in California for a short time but then moved back to Lovell and made it their home.

Rosemarie was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and cherished her membership and her Savior. She served in many capacities in her local congregation. She was well read. She read so many classic books to her children each night that they passed all author tests in school with ease. 

She was very patriotic and loved America and its freedoms. She was a talented teacher and writer and even had some of her poems published. Her hobbies were writing, reading and her family. She was a great mother and taught her children so many things about others, God and the three Rs. 

She canned almost everything she grew from her garden and was a great bread maker. Whenever she made homemade chicken noodle soup, the children always had to take some to various families in Lovell.

Rosemarie and Floyd loved their nieces and nephews from both sides of their families. If any were coming over to their home, they always tried to have something fun planned for them when they arrived.

Rosemarie is survived by her spouse, Floyd; five children, Belinda, Jan, Lori, Cole and Kara; 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; and sister Priscilla May Caturia.

Rosemarie was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Grace “Loretta” May; sisters Venus, Virga, Phyllis and Phern; and brothers Porter, Andrew, Jay and Jerry.

The family wants to thank all of those who have helped take care of Rosemarie at New Horizons Care Center. Our precious mother will be missed, but we know that she is surrounded by her loved ones in Heaven.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there was only a graveside service on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Lovell Cemetery.