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Alice Louise Hanna Brinkerhoff

Alice Louise Hanna Brinkerhoff

passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 20, 2022 in Gilbert, Arizona. She was born to George and Norma Hanna on October 3, 1942 in Pocatello, Idaho. As the oldest of ten children, she learned to work hard and serve others. She could organize anything. Nurturing was her natural gift and she offered it to anyone she met. Kindness began with her.  “Always be a little kinder than necessary” and “give others the benefit of the doubt.”

After graduating with the first class of Rincon High School in Tucson, Arizona, she met her sweetheart, Spencer LeRoi Brinkerhoff Jr. at the University of Arizona Institute of Religion. Their eternal companionship was sealed in the Mesa, Arizona temple on June 5, 1960. They created a home and family centered on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and “have no greater joy than to hear that [their] children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:4)

“Mother” is her most beloved name, role, title, and profession. She was educated and tutored in the art of homemaking; skilled in chocolate, embroidery, trying new recipes, creating traditions, teaching sewing lessons, and shopping. With three squeezes of the hand, “I love you, darlin’”, and a tilted head and smile, she nurtured each of her children individually and tenderly: Denise Farnsworth (Curtis), Nancy Clark (Larry), Dani Lyn Hakes (Ken), Jennifer Platt (Jed), Spencer Brinkerhoff III (Jennifer), Steven Brinkerhoff (Amanda), and Susan Willis (Brian). Her heart expanded in welcoming each of her 30 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

If we couldn’t find Mom in her sewing room, she was most likely at church serving in the Primary or Relief Society organizations. These experiences helped her develop her innate gifts as a teacher and leader. Alice went about doing good; reaching out to a neighbor or friend, ministering to a lonely heart, lifting a burden, and drawing out the best in others. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, she served with all her heart in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was through her willingness and desire to follow the Savior that she joyfully practiced and became the motto “charity never faileth”. She and her husband served a full-time mission in Baguio Philippines (2003-2005).

Alice loved naturally and served quietly–playing the “glad game”, holding still to hear the wind in the aspen trees, and making you feel like the most important person in the world. While she would appreciate the beauty of flowers, to honor your love for her, we invite you to show kindness in simple ways to those you cross paths with each day.

Call a friend or family member.

Notice the goodness and beauty in others. Then tell them.

Forgive someone. Assume they’re doing their very best and you just don’t know what they may be passing through.

Make a new friend and remember their name.

Send a text.

Eat a piece of chocolate. Or two.

But above all “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thy own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

We celebrate and cherish her life.

Viewing: Thursday, February 24, 2022 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Bueler Mortuary

14 West Hulet

Chandler, Arizona 85224.

Visitation: Friday, February 25, 2022 9:00 AM with a funeral service at 10:00 AM.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

6345 South Lindsay Road

Chandler, Arizona 85249.

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