Kathy Brasher Obituary, Death – Kathleen Ann Dibble Brasher, 78, died peacefully on December 7th, 2022 at Holladay, Utah, surrounded by family. Kathy Dibble was the first of eight children born on March 18, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wallace and Frances Dibble. She was raised in humble circumstances in love and holiness, which formed her character and contributed to her being the grounded and Christlike lady she was. Kathy’s life centred around music, owing to a mother who would gather her children to sing at the piano while her father whistled. Sunny, the family dog, would even join in on the fun. Frances instilled in her children a passion of music as well as an appreciation of the importance of uplifting music in our lives.
Kathy polished her singing, composing, and arranging skills while leading and performing in choirs and routinely producing special arrangements to share in her ward or with others while singing with her sisters throughout her life. As a senior in choir at East High School, the director moved the rowdy Pam Brasher to the front row, behind Kathy, in the hope that her influence would help control Pam. This sparked a friendship, which led Kathy not only to meet a group of females who would become her closest friends, but also to Pam’s elder brother, Jay, who would become her real love. Jay and Kathy married on September 9, 1966, in the Salt Lake Temple, 56 years ago. Jay and Kathy’s descendants now number 64, thanks to their seven children and spouses, all of whom want to carry on their legacy of loving and benefiting others.
Kathy remained steadfast in her faith in the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was aware of it, had lived it, and enjoyed telling others about it. She and Jay conducted a two-year inner-city service mission in Salt Lake City, followed by a two-year term coaching missionaries and proselyting in Toronto, Canada, then a two-year period doing the same in Hamilton, New Zealand. These and other adventures she had while traveling the world resulted in many treasured relationships as she spread love everywhere she went.
Kathy exhibited devotion. With Jay, she joyfully accepted callings as Primary President, Young Women’s President, Relief Society President, Stake YW President, Stake RS Presidencies, and Stake Mission Preparation Leaders. She and Jay held weekly mission preparation workshops at their home for motivated kids from their ward as well as their adolescent grandchildren on their own initiative. What beautiful memories that will be. Although much is expected when much is given, Kathy shared what she had freely and willingly. Her legacy is one of love and commitment. True, undivided love. Those who were fortunate enough to know her will never forget her impact. Oma, there are no words to explain how much we will miss you.
Kathy’s parents, Wallace and Frances Dibble, as well as her brother, David Dibble, and sister, Joyce Dibble, all died before her. Kathy is survived by her husband, Jay, as well as her children, Brooke (Don) Rowley, Rob (Etienne) Brasher, Jeff (Angie) Brasher, Doug (Alison) Brasher, Kellie (Ty) Brewer, Mindie (Justin) Booth, Camie (John) McPhie, foster-daughter Virginia Tsosie, 11 spouses, ten great-grandchildren, and three more on the way. Kathy is also survived by her brothers, Steve and Mike Dibble, sisters Karen Anderson, Wendy Flanders, and Barbara Larsen, and a huge number of loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Memorial contributions should be made to https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/donations/byu-hawaii?funds=30220315& Memorial Scholarship for Jay and Kathleen Brasher. A memorial service will be conducted at the Holladay South Stake Center, 4917 S. Viewmont Street, Holladay, UT 84117, on Saturday, December 17th, at 11:00 a.m., followed by her interment at Memorial Holladay Cemetery. A viewing will be held at the same venue on Friday, December 16th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.