Josephine Barthlome


December 21, 1929 – February 20, 2016

Josephine Phyllis Brooks Barthlome, 86, passed away of natural causes at her home in St. George, Utah on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Phyllis was born on December 21, 1929 in St. George, Utah to Edward Parry and Jane Burgess Brooks the third of three children, Ora Call (Edgar), Eugene Parry Brooks (Noreene) and Phyllis.

She spent her youth in her beloved red hills in St. George. On May 29, 1949, she married David Keith Barthlome, from Thatcher, Idaho, and they moved back to Idaho to make their home on the family ranch. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.

Eight children were born to this union; David Brooks Barthlome (Gail), Shauna Lee Peterson (Claude), LuAnn Grover, Toni Jane Andersen (David), Chris Keith Barthlome, Pauline Kunz, Ora Maree Eisenbarth (Gregory) and Penny Orton (Michael). She was blessed with 26 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren.

Phyllis and Keith owned “Keith’s Department Store” in Soda Springs. Phyllis managed the store for many years, selling the store in 1997. Phyllis loved the gospel and served in many church callings. She lived a full active life, and the highlight of her life was her family. She was considerate of all people she met. She was so warm and welcoming to all friends and acquaintances. She had class.

After more than 50 cold winters on the ranch in Thatcher, Idaho, she moved back to her red hills of Utah’s Dixie. She spent her last years entertaining family from the North and spending numerous hours with her sister-in-law Noreene Brooks and her niece, Kieron. The three were inseparable. They shopped, played bingo and traveled together to Idaho for family reunions, and sisters’ weekends. They shared many pleasant dinners together, each taking turns preparing the meal. Phyllis loved and appreciated them. Her children can’t thank them enough for the joy they brought into her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998; her parents; her brother; son, Chris; son-in-law, Randy Kunz; grandson, Jarred Orr; and great grandson, JJ Boudrero.

Funeral Services

  • A viewing will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Thatcher LDS Church in Niter, Idaho.
  • The family will receive visitors on Friday February 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Services will begin at 12:00 Noon all at the Thatcher LDS Church in Niter, Idaho.

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