Patricia MacArthur Burnett
1932 ~ 2010
Patricia MacArthur Burnett of Provo, Utah, died peacefully with her family at her side on October 16, 2010. She was 78-years-old and had been a resident of Orem and Provo since 1958.
She was born in Logan, Utah, on September 5, 1932, to John Wesley and Hazel Verna Schiffman MacArthur. The family moved to Ogden in 1942 where Pat completed her public schooling.
Pat married M. Dallas Burnett in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on January 17, 1958. He survives her along with their four children: Kevin D. (Raelene) Burnett, Lindon, Utah; Denise (Kevan) Barney, Draper, Utah; Michelle Burnett, Orem, Utah; and Jodi (Michael) Serassio, West Jordan, Utah. There are 13 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Frankleen Cottam, Elaine Midgley, and Renae Bailey. Her surviving siblings are: Douglas (Gayle) MacArthur, Anaheim, California; and Carol (Lowell) Jensen, St. George, Utah.
Pat was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served her church in a variety of capacities, including ward Relief Society president, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, Primary song leader, and Young Women's teacher.
She served as a stake missionary with her husband in Chicago, Illinois, in 1960. They were also involved as missionaries in the Pioneer Sesquicentennial of the LDS Church from 1995 to 1997.
Pat attended Ogden High School and Weber State College and then was graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955. During her high school and college years she was active in choral groups and also as a vocal soloist. For over 20 years, while residing in Orem, she sang with a ladies trio, performing for church and civic functions and at many funerals.
Prior to her marriage Pat worked as a legal secretary in Ogden, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. Early in her married life she began drying fresh flowers in Great Salt Lake sand and will be remembered by many for the small glass-cased arrangements she prepared from funeral flowers for a surviving spouse. This is a small representation of the great compassion she showed for those around her who were in need of love and support.
Pat was a diligent reader of the scriptures and made sure her faith reflected more in her actions than in her words. Her commitment to the welfare of her husband, children, and grandchildren was untiring and extraordinary.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Grandview 9th Ward LDS Chapel, 1555 North 1350 West, Provo. A viewing at the chapel on Wednesday prior to the service will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. A Tuesday evening viewing will also be at the chapel from 6 until 8 p.m. Interment following the service at the Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East, Orem, Utah.
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