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Brooke Van Ausdal

Brooke Van Ausdal (Whittekiend)

Wednesday, September 8th, 1971 - Friday, April 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Brooke Van Ausdal (Whittekiend), our loving mother, passed away peacefully Friday, April 10, 2020 in her home in Spanish Fork, Utah. Brooke was born September 8, 1971 in Payson, Utah to Norman Carver Van Ausdal and Norma Dorene Sperry Van Ausdal.

Brooke was raised in Spanish Fork, Utah, the fifth of five children. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1989 with high honors and was the valedictorian. She attended Brigham Young University on the President’s Scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude in botany. She later received another bachelor’s degree at University of Utah in speech pathology. Brooke was a well-loved schoolteacher and taught speech, study skills, physics and chemistry, most recently at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah.

We four children (James Samuel, Gabrielle Doren, Tabitha Brooklynn and Tess Alesandra Giselle Whittekiend) love our mom dearly and we’re proud to have her as our mother.

As a family, we lived in many different places in the United States, and our mom made good, long-lasting friends wherever she went. Some came from as far as Virginia to stay with her while she was ill. She was a good friend to everyone, cheerful, supportive and understanding.

Our mother was extremely talented and very artistic in everything she did: She played the piano, expressed herself in many forms of art, and enjoyed decorating our house. She and a friend were in a cake decorating business for a while and created many beautiful cakes. She was an excellent cook and many were lucky enough to get some of her handmade chocolates at Christmastime.

She was super intelligent and had a great memory of what she learned in high school and college. When we were on hikes she would point out different plants and share much information about them. She always helped us with school classes, including advanced subjects such as math and AP chemistry – material that many parents wouldn’t be able to help with. She was an extremely supportive mom and encouraged us to try new things. She always put us first.

She was extra Christ-like and served others whenever she saw a need. She was led by the Spirit and on many occasions would help people who she didn’t know. She once found a mother who was stranded with no way to bring home groceries. She picked her up and gave her a ride to her home.

She was so strong through all her health issues. She made a goal to make it to Christmas, then to make it to Gabby’s birthday. She stayed on earth longer to make sure that everything was provided for our future.

The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and hospice workers who helped care for Mom in the hospitals and at home. Margaret and Brenda made a great difference in her life especially as she came closer to the end.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Richard Bandley. She is survived by all of us children, and her brothers and sister: Robert N. (Sheila), Becki Bandley, Brad L (Jill), and Bret (Ann), all of Spanish Fork, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins who love her dearly.

Due to the coronavirus restricting public gatherings, and the related need for social distancing, a small graveside service will be held for the family Wednesday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery in Spanish Fork, Utah. Our family will plan a celebration of her life in the future when we are able to again meet in larger groups.

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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Spanish Fork City Cemetery
    Address
    420 S 400 E
    Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Spanish Fork City Cemetery
    Address
    420 S 400 E
    Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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Celeste Stott

Posted at 06:20pm
I am so deeply heartbroken by Brooke's passing! She is my dear friend and I love her! She had the ability to gather a group of people, make excellent food, and have fun! She was willing to share recipes, cook together, and teach art/painting. She was generous and kind. You often knew where you stood with her I respected that. She was fiercely protective of her children and allowed them to make choices even as tiny toddlers. She loved her mother and must have known she would pass too soon as well. Now I wonder if she also knew her time would be short here on earth. I had a wonderful conversation with her in December! I look back and am amazed at how she faced some heartbreaking challenges with courage, faith and determination! She was so intelligent and tried not to let you feel she knew more than you. She was highly accomplished. She loved school and learning. She was the most talented person I have ever met. Sometimes I wondered why she didn't do more with her talents, like playing the violin. It was fun for her and seemed to come effortlessly! She made most things fun except dishes and housework. She didn't like those things as much. She loved creating and cooking and so I would help with the dishes as I was so grateful for the fun day we had together! She was outdoorsy, didn't have a prejudiced bone in her body, and knew how to reach out and include others. I remember she was one of my only friends that invited to our pond and her house when I was terribly sick and pregnant. She told me I could be sick at her house as well at my house. She was right! I had a great day with her and then paid for it later! She threw me a baby shower too! I used to live in Spanish Fork as a young girl. My mom remembers her mom sewing her a bear without a pattern and being very generous. We go way back! I know she loved her family so very much! I will miss her tremendously!! Love, Celeste Stott from Choteau
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Rob and Kathy Peterson

Posted at 10:58am
We loved Brooke and will miss her immensely! Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.
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Jerod Johnson

Posted at 05:45pm
Brooke was the sister I never had. We grew up together in the good ole 16th Ward and competed against (or should I say 'supported') one another for grades in school. I teased her like a sister and she dished it right back. In our Junior Year of high school she asked me to the masquerade dance and we went as a table and chair...winning first prize in the costume contest! I hope I can find those photos!

I am deeply saddened by her passing and offer my sincerest condolences.

Jerod (Jed) Johnson
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Brenda Anderson

Posted at 09:50pm
It's an honor to call Brooke my friend and kindred spirit. Our friendship was only for a short time but the impact of her love and kindness will be with me forever. It's been a very humbling experience to be apart of her life and the lives of her children and of coarse, the dogs! Watching her during Christmas was so fun and how excited she would be when telling me why gifts were chosen for each child. It was her "BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!". To her family, please know her love for each of you is never ending and how proud she was of the unconditional love you gave to her. She has an amazing legacy and her strength will continue through each of you!
With all of my love and prayers,
Brenda
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Jennifer Flyge Atwood

Posted at 05:24pm
My name is Jennifer Flyge Atwood and I went to high school with Brooke and admired her for how smart she was. We both went to BYU at the same time but I lost touch with her. I am sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. I wish your family the best.
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