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Sister Dorothy H. Brewerton, wife of Elder Teddy E. Brewerton, dies at age 89

Elder and Sister Brewerton served as leaders of the Central America Mission and as president and matron of the Mexico City temple

Sister Dorothy Hall Brewerton, wife of the late Elder Teddy E. Brewerton, died on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, in Holladay, Utah, at the age of 89.

Sister Brewerton and her husband shared a lifetime of service to their family, the community and to the Church. That service included calls as mission leaders over the Central American Mission from 1965 to 1968.

Then, following Elder Brewerton’s service as a General Authority Seventy from 1978 to 1995, the two also served as the president and matron of the Mexico City Mexico Temple from 1997 to 1999. Elder Brewerton died Sept. 17, 2021.

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Of their service, Elder Brewerton commented, “Because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us happy, we do desire to share this message with all people” (October 1978 general conference, “The Gospel Makes People Happy”).

Dorothy Natrona Hall was born on June 8, 1934, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, to Francis M. and Natrona King Hall. On Feb. 11, 1955, she married her sweetheart, Teddy Brewerton, who was also a native of Alberta, after he returned from his full-time mission to Uruguay. 

Nearly 10 years later, with four young children, Sister Brewerton accompanied her husband to Costa Rica to help lead the Central American Mission, which at the time included Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.

Although it sometimes felt like they lived on an airplane, missionary work progressed throughout those areas. Sister Brewerton improvised manuals and programs to teach coastal indigenous tribes who had no written language (Ensign, November 1978).

While serving in Costa Rica, Sister Brewerton also delivered the couple’s fifth child. Four years later, they added their youngest. The Brewertons are the parents of six children — four daughters and two sons — and have 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

The two lived in Mexico City, Guatemala, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Elder Brewerton accepted assignments as a general authority. In all, Elder and Sister Brewerton served 19 years together in Latin American countries where they learned to love and appreciate the people and diverse cultures as they helped to spread the gospel.

Besides her love for missionary work, Sister Brewerton had a passion for family history work. Throughout the years, she served as a ward Primary, Young Women and Relief Society president, counselor and teacher.

Her obituary notes that she had a gift for ensuring others felt loved and valued, and she will be remembered for the spirit of joy, positivity and love she radiated to those around her.

Sister Brewerton is preceded in death by her husband, Teddy E. Brewerton, and daughter Michelle, who passed away in 2007. She is survived by her children: David (Sharon), Andrea (Todd), Leanne, Lycia (Parry), Michael (Lori); 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen and Judy; and brothers, Michael and Tom. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. where friends may visit family from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery.

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