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Helen Grant Barton
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1917
Death: Jul. 13, 2003

"Our sweet Nana"

An elegant lady, Helen Grant Barton, our wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her posterity.

She was born April 12, 1917 to Walter Eldredge Grant and Ellen Wright Smith Grant in West Bountiful, UT. She always told us pioneer stories and was very grateful for her Grant and Smith heritage.

Music reigned supreme in Helen's life. She took violin from the esteemed Professor Lawrence Sardoni, who had been trained in Italy. Blessed with perfect pitch, Helen flourished under his tutelage and was chosen to represent her school, Davis High, in a state-wide competition. Striving for excellence, Helen was first violinist in the Davis High Orchestra, as well as a member of the Pro Schola Pep Club. Later, she taught violin and for many years, there was a Barton Family Orchestra.

Mostly self-taught on the piano, she started out on a little pump organ in the playhouse her father had built and then she graduated to Primary organist. She later became an accomplished arranger on the organ and piano. She and her future husband, Ray Hunter Barton, Jr., met through their violins when they were 16 and played beautiful music throughout their 65 years together. They were married by Helen's uncle, President Heber J. Grant in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Nov 23, 1938.

Helen was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. Her life was an example of everything that she believed. The greatest legacy that Helen left her posterity was her testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her church positions have included General Board of the YWMIA, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Jr. Sunday School coordinator, Boy Scout Den Mother, Young Women's teacher, Ward YWMIA president and Stake YWMIA counselor. She also served on the Editorial Board of the Children's Friend Magazine, Charter Group Hostess for the Church Office Building and Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Church Museum Docent, Charter Captain of the Eagle Gate D.U.P Camp and Jordan River Temple worker. She also served with her husband who was co-director of the Family-to-Family Book of Mormon Program and was co-host with her husband, Ray, for the Temple Square Concert Series.

In 1965, she served with her husband, who was mission president of the Great Southwest British Mission, Bristol, England. As a member of the YWMIA General Board, she was asked to write teaching materials for the branches in Western Europe.

Her civic duties included serving as president of the Delta Phi Fraternity Mother's Association, editor of "The Capsule" for the American Medical Association's Women's Auxiliary, and was president of the Jessamine Literary Club.

Helen's life was exemplified by a quest for self-improvement and continual learning. Later in life, she returned to the University of Utah. Honing lifelong artistic talents, she left her family a legacy of exquisite oil paintings.

At the time of her death, Helen was survived by her loving and caring husband, Ray, now deceased; six children, Catherine B. Pedersen (Robert), Grant E. Barton (Marilyn), Judith Ann Sa-bourin (Jon), Ray H. Barton III (Natalia), Bruce E. Barton (Jane), Helen G. Barton Hess; as well as sister, Romania Grant Child; brother, Richard Gibbs Grant; 29 grandchildren; and 43 great- grandchildren. Preceding her in death were parents; sisters, Evaletta G. Thompson, Mary G. Clark, June G. Anderson; brother, W. Eldredge Grant; and grandson, Jonny Sabourin, Jr. 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Eldredge Grant (1883 - 1975)
  Ellen Wright Smith Grant (1885 - 1975)
 
 Spouse:
  Ray Hunter Barton (1917 - 2009)
 
 Sibling:
  Mary Grant Clark (1912 - 1986)*
  Helen Grant Barton (1917 - 2003)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: ccdesan
Record added: Nov 13, 2009
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Helen <i>Grant</i> Barton
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Helen <i>Grant</i> Barton
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Helen <i>Grant</i> Barton
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Rest in peace, Sister Barton!
- ccdesan
 Added: Nov. 13, 2009
 
 
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