Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 22, 2012
Ruth Burr Brady Sweat

Obit Ruth Sweat1935-2012

Ruth Sweat passed away peacefully on the morning of Nov. 19. She was born April 3, 1935 in Logan, the second daughter of Clifton and Mazel Burr. She attended schools in Midvale, Murray, Moab and Roosevelt, and graduated from Union High School in 1953. She studied nursing at the University of Utah and graduated from the ICNE Center for Nursing in Spokane, Wash., in 1984. She then practiced nursing in cardiac centers in Spokane for many years. She also was more than just a registered nurse as nursing and caring for others came naturally to her. Many members of her families and people in her neighborhoods benefited from her tender and loving care. Ruth was sealed for time and eternity to Harvey Hyrum Brady in the Salt Lake Temple in 1955, and together they raised five magnificent children. They became the real “Brady Bunch.” Their greatest joys were the gospel and their family. Her eternal companion preceded her in death as he passed away in Spokane in 1995. She married Joseph Sweat in 1996, and resided in Stockton and Stansbury Park for the past 16 years. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life, and she served in many different callings. She also enjoyed tennis, oil painting, writing poetry, writing lyrics for songs, temple work and family histories. She helped produce “A History of the Burr Pioneers” and “A History of the Bryans In Erda,” and in 2006 she published “My First 70 Years,” a personal history of her life. Ruth’s family lived in many locations. She had 50 different homes in 21 communities in Utah, Minnesota, Oregon, Nebraska, Oregon, Idaho and Washington while married to Harvey. Then, five years after she married Joseph they set a record — five years in one house. Ruth is survived by her husband, Joseph, their children, 35 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and all five of her siblings. The surviving children are Becky (Brad) Derrick, Marilyn (Chris) Carothers, Janet Dietzel, Douglas also known as Zan (Cindy), Don (Angie), Bonnie Sweat, Melven (Andrea) Sweat, and David (Maria) Sweat. Ruth was also close to her extended family and a large number of friends who enjoyed her energetic, warm and caring ways. She kept particularly close to a group of friends from her high school days at Union High School in Roosevelt. Funeral services will be on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. at the LDS chapel for the Ponderosa Ward, 240 E. Interlochen Lane in Stansbury Park. Friends and family can visit at the chapel in Stansbury Park on Nov. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. She will be interred beside Harvey, her eternal companion, in the Murray City Cemetery at 5490 Vine St. in Murray. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to their non-profit missionary fund. Send contributions to the Burr Family Organization, 73 Winding Way, Logan, Utah 84321. Contributions are deductible as it is a non-profit corporation. Condolences also can be submitted online at

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