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Afton Seamons

Jan. 13, 1939 - Jan. 10, 2018

Date of Service: Jan. 20, 2018

BURLEY – Afton Seamons, age 78, of Burley, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was born January 13, 1939, in Ogden, Utah, to Frank and Zesta Geisler. Even as a child, music and the arts were a significant part of her life. Afton first performed in public at the age of two playing a piano duet with her mother. As a teen, she performed regularly in a quartet with her sister and future sister-in-law. Together, they won a state-wide music competition in the old Ogden Tabernacle. In 1957, Afton graduated from Ben Lomond High School and then studied for two years at Weber College.

She married Bruce Seamons of Chinook, Montana, in the Logan Utah Temple on November 20, 1959. The early years of their marriage were spent in Chinook, and in 1965 they moved to the Rupert, Idaho, area where they have resided for the past 53 years. She used her homemaking skills to make clothing and preserve fruits and vegetables from the family garden. Her family loved her homemade bread, raspberry jam, and banana cake.

Afton was an accomplished musician. Aside from singing, she played the piano and organ throughout her life. She taught all her children to appreciate music, and she sacrificed for lessons and instruments. She also attended countless lessons and performances. Afton actively supported the arts for decades. She was a member of the Burley Music Club, Valley Singers, and the singing group Variations. She also fulfilled leadership roles to support the Community Concert Series and usher at the King Fine Arts Center.

Music was certainly Afton’s greatest passion, but she also built a successful business. She was a top Avon representative for 35 years and enjoyed working with her large network of sellers. She loved visiting with her customers and developed many lasting relationships.

Afton loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and games. She also enjoyed being in the mountains surrounded by pine trees and running water. But most of all she will be remembered for her great faith and service. As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Afton had a firm testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and shared that testimony with others. She served diligently in many music and record-keeping positions and performed many acts of compassionate service to those in need in the community. She leaves a legacy of music, service, homemaking, and business for her posterity.

Afton was preceded in death by her parents and a son, David, who was stillborn. She is survived by her husband Bruce Seamons; children, Robert Seamons of Heyburn, Idaho, Kent (Linda) Seamons of Cedar Hills, Utah, Karen (Larry) Green of Bellevue, Nebraska, Barbara (Curtis) Patterson of Sandy, Utah, Darla Seamons of Provo, Utah, and Alan Seamons of Rupert, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister Elaine (Don) Bagley of Fruit Heights, Utah.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Paul Stake Center, located at 424 W. Ellis St., in Paul. Burial will follow in the Paul Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. preceding the funeral service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the LDS Church Book of Mormon program at give.lds.org/afton.