LaVerne Brinkerhoff Pinto passed on to our Lord on June 1, 2008. She has been in residence at a care home in San Antonio, Texas. LaVerne Brinkerhoff Pinto was born April 10, 1918, in Woodruff, Ariz., the second child of Levi and Rhoda Brinkerhoff. She married William A. Pinto June 2, 1936. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary before his passing in 2002. A mother of six sons she is survived by five. They are William, and wife, Juanita in Santa Anna, Texas, Kenneth, and wife, Carol in Eagle, Idaho, Robert, and wife, Betsy in Spring Branch, Texas, James, and wife, Shona in Gilmer, Texas, and Brian, and wife Ginny in Magnolia, Texas. She is survived by 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Arnold of Ketchum, Okla., and Carma King of Cave Creek, Ariz. She has many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; one son, Donald; her parents; four sisters; and three brothers. LaVerne, Bill and family transferred to Brownwood, Texas, from Winslow, Ariz., in 1951.

Upon his retirement they enjoyed travel. They visited most of the 48 states, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. They settled at various times in Houston, Texas, Sandia Park, N.M., and Mesa, Ariz., before settling their last years years together in Spring Branch, Texas. LaVerne was forever happy and busy with her handicrafts: ceramics, quilting, sewing, and gardening. She was good and original with all of them. She loved camping, fishing and watching little league ballgames. She had a real zest for life which was often shown with her quick and fun sense of humor. She was strong in her church and her beliefs and set a great example for her family. She loved her family fully and was an inspiration and guiding light for them all. Her family is her pride and her strength. She was happiest when she could be helping any and all of them with any project. Her love holds her family together. LaVerne is a very loving and strong Lady. She is a Great Mom, Grandma {Oma}, and Sister. We all will miss her deeply. We know she is now with her first and “mostist” love, Dad. She was always proud of her family and we are even more proud to have her as our Mom and Oma. God Bless Her.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Woodruff Latter-day Saints Chapel, Woodruff, Ariz. Interment will follow in Woodruff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America or to your favorite charity.

You are invited to sign the Guestbook at Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas.