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Connie Brinton Manwill

October 13, 1938 — May 28, 2024

Layton, Utah

Connie Brinton was born October 13, 1938 to Harold Brinton and Anna Cammans as their fifth child. Her siblings included Barbara, Halene, Hal, Leann, and her younger brother Marty. Growing up, Connie loved working at her father’s grocery and variety store which was next door to her family home. Her fond childhood memories were filled with friends and family activities. The Brintons were a very musical family. By the age of 8, Connie was singing solos with musical groups and choirs. Connie attended West High School where she made some of her closest life-long friends. Connie enjoyed singing with the West High Acapella Choir. Attending the University of Utah, Connie was associated with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and also sang with the U of U Chorale. Connie met her sweetheart Paul Manwill at the U. 

Connie and Paul were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 2, 1958. They enjoyed 61 great years together, raising five children - Todd, Cory, Jody, Heidi, and Joel - in addition to raising their granddaughter Reta as their own child. Connie always supported her kids and their interests, never missing a sporting event, performance, or recital. She continued this support with her 17 grandchildren. More than anything, Grandma Connie cherished her grandchildren. She spent hours reading to them, doing artwork, playing games, doing puzzles, baking with them, and taking them to the zoo. A mother to all, Connie shared a special bond with her nieces and nephews and had a nurturing relationship with many of her children’s friends. 

Serving others was central to Connie’s character. She was PTA president many times, volunteered with little league football, and also served as a mother and alumni with Alpha Chi Omega. Food was one of her love languages and she made countless spaghetti dinners and big breakfasts for her children’s teams, fundraisers, friends, and neighbors. Tying innumerable quilts, Connie wrapped her loved ones in her warmth and love, and often donated quilts to Project Linus to bless others. Connie served in presidencies of LDS relief society, young women, and primary, but primary was her favorite. She especially loved sharing her musical talents with children. Always aware of others, Connie loved taking meals to neighbors. She was a faithful example of Jesus Christ and stalwart life-long church member. 

With a gift for loving and teaching children, “Teacher Connie” taught at Parent Cooperative Preschool for 31 years. She also taught countless grandchildren, friends, and neighbors at Grandma Connie’s home preschool in Layton. Throughout her life, Connie loved and nurtured hundreds of children who fondly remember how special she made them feel.  

The outdoors, nature’s beauty, and the smell of campfires brought Connie joy. Campsite 28 at the Spruces campground was her favorite location. She loved traveling, especially to see Jody and Shawn and their family in Germany. But of all places, Connie loved being home with her family the most. 

Connie is preceded in death by her loving husband Paul, her parents, and her siblings. 

Connie is survived by her children Todd (Sylvia) Manwill, Cory (Lisa) Manwill, Jody (Shawn) Rodman, Heidi (David) Knudson, Joel (Alicia) Manwill, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Connie looked forward to a reunion with family gone before her, but left a message to those who remain saying, “Remember I will always be watching over you and sending my love”. 

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 3, 2024 at 10:00 am at the Kays Creek Ward chapel located at 2435 East Canyon Rim Drive Layton, UT 84040.  A viewing will be on Sunday, June 2, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and before the funeral on Monday from 9:00 to 9:45 am at the same location.  Interment at the Memorial Lakeview cemetery in Bountiful, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful.

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