DeVota Mifflin Peterson, loving mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully on October 3, 1996.
Born May 15, 1910 in Malad, Idaho, to John and Esther Jane Mifflin. Married Phil L. Peterson in Tacoma, Washington, July 4, 1942. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, June 9, 1943. Her husband preceded her in death on October 29, 1989.DeVota had an energy and enthusiasm for life that was unequaled. She had a radiant and infectious smile. She was a talented musician and educator, and gave many hours of service to church and community. She received a BA degree from Brigham Young University in elementary and secondary education and did graduate work in education at the University of Idaho and Swope Teachers' College in Southern California.
She studied theory and piano at the McCune School of Music with the late Mabel Borg Jenkins and Frederic Dixon. She taught in elementary and junior high schools for over 25 years in Richfield and Salt Lake City. Her marvelous influence as a teacher has reflected in her students for several generations.
DeVota was President of the Welsh Woman's Club of Utah. President of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers local chapter, charter member and vice-president of the Omega Chapter of the National Delphian Study Club, member of the Salt Lake Cotillion Board of Directors, member of Chi Omega Mothers' Club, the Oratoria Society and served as a hostess at the General Board Relief Society building. She spent many hours as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House comforting families with terminally-ill children.
DeVota is most remembered for the children's songs which she composed, most notably "Family Prayer," which is a familiar hymn to children of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has been a lifelong member of the LDS Church having served on Stake Sunday School, MIA, Primary, and Relief Society boards. She also served as the ward organist for 26 years.
Survived by two daughters, Esther Jane (Brent) Ward and Sally (Gregory) Brinton, both of Salt Lake; and 14 grandchildren, with whom she had a very special, loving relationship: Jennifer Ward Oldroyd, Amy Ward (serving an LDS mission in Brazil), David Ward (serving an LDS mission in Taiwan), Matthew, Emily, Katie, and Allison Ward; Jonathan Brinton (serving an LDS mission in Ukraine), Jason, Eric, Jessica, Stephanie, Lindsey, and Sam Brinton.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, on Monday, October 7, 1996, at the Colonial Hills Ward building, 1455 South 1700 East, where a viewing will be from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Services under the direction of Russon Brothers Mortuary, Salt Lake City.
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