After almost beating cancer five times, the rock in our family gained her angel wings February 7, 2020.
Gayle Brotherson Atwood was born in Price, Utah, on April 28, 1932, to Nels and Alice Brotherson, the seventh of seven children. Growing up on a farm most of her life, she helped her parents with all the farming responsibilities including milking cows, feeding chickens and riding horses with her father. Her mother died when she was 11 and her dad at 14, leaving her to be raised by her older siblings. To help with the expenses, she worked after school at Nicholson’s Drug Store for 50 cents an hour.
Shortly after graduating from Carbon High School, she met and married Charles “Toy” Atwood, whose union lasted almost 50 years. In marriage, Gayle not only excelled in cooking, sewing and gardening, she loved to play on the Carbon Country Club’s women’s golf league and bowled in a women’s league. She looked forward to the lady’s bi-monthly bridge games and joined Toy, her sister Vivian and brother-in-law Johnny, plus Lamont and Darlene Kartchner in countless bridge games. There was not a better hostess during any holiday season when she cooked 50-pound turkeys, complete with all the fixings, while entertaining dozens of family members and friends. The outdoors beckoned the Atwood family as she loved to camp and raft the Green River.
When Toy passed in 1999, the second love of her life entered, Duane Quinn. The two were inseparable as they traveled the world with all of their friends with Carbon County roots. On her four-wheeler, she helped Duane herd cows and traveled the trails in Joes Valley. They were called the world’s oldest living teenagers as they never stopped enjoying life together.
Gayle will be remembered as the most kind, compassionate and wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by Barry (Joan) Atwood, Price; Jill Atwood, Price; Karen Jones, South Weber; Brad (Kathy) Atwood, South Jordan; and Susan Polster (Bob DalPonte), Helper; her grandchildren Tristy (Jet) Lee, Toy Atwood, Travis (Sarah) Atwood, Trenton “TJ” (Camie) Polster, Tyler (Lindsay) Jones, Chelsie (Nash) Montoya, Daylan (Dillon) Dove, Rilee Jones, Levi (Michelle) Howa, Shanielle (Matt) Ware, Dustin (Samantha) Howa, Courtney Herrera, Jordon Atwood; her special sister Vivian Grako, Scottsdale; and her beloved Duane and his daughter Debbie Quinn, Price. She leaves behind 18-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Toy; brothers Nels, Clyde and Floyd Brotherson; sisters Madrel McKee and Mildred Warner; and grandsons Daniel Jones and Austin Atwood.
Viewing is from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and again from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Mitchell’s Funeral Home at 233 East Main Street in Price. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Gayle online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net
The family would like to thank Symbii Health Care and Parkdale Rehab Center for the expertise and exceptional care of Gayle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in her honor to the Memorial and Honor Program, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 or give.huntsmancancer.org.