Annette Batty Godfrey was born 17 May 1940 in Vernal, Uintah Co., Utah and passed from this life into the next on 7 December 2019 in Payson, Gila Co., Arizona. Between those two dates a lot happened. Her funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson, AZ on 28 December 2019 at 11:00am...which, coincidently, is her 60th wedding anniversary.
Born and raised by Paul Miles and Isobell Elizabeth Dillman Batty, Annette was a bright and lively kid growing up in her small town of Vernal; a very active participant in local theater, student body government, and church. Annette spent much of her adolescence taking care of her Shetland ponies and helping to run and maintain the family owned motel. Arguably, her best friend was her youger brother Michael. After graduating from Unita High School in 1958, Annette was named Miss Vernal and was a contestant in the Miss Utah pagent.
Born with a curious mind and intellectual abilities, Annette sought answers to life's hardest questions through prayer, study and travel. She followed in her mothers footsteps, pursuing higher education at Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations and with a minor in Elementary Education. Following her graduation, Annette served as an elementary school teacher off and on for many decades.
During her sophomore year at BYU, Annette married Lynn Godfrey in the Logan Utah LDS Temple on 28 December 1959. Together they started a family, raising five adopted children - Charity, Nicole, Lance, Piper and York. Over time the couple would welcome into the world 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a bonus Chinese son, Guo Meng (aka Brigham).
Annette dedicated her life to serving her family, community, and Heavenly Father. As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Annette held many leadership and teaching positions in the Women's Relief Society, the Children's Primary, and for 14 years taught young adults in the Church's Seminary system. After they retired, she and her husband served a total of five full-time senior missions for the Church; in the Peoples Republic of China (China Teachers Program), South Carolina (Welfare Dept.) and Salt Lake City (Missionary Department) She was often heard to say that the first place she would go in the next life was to the library. That's probably where she is now.
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