Afton Jean Stokes LeFevre, 85, passed away on September 12, 2023. She was born on September 17, 1937, in Murray, Utah, to Asa Bodily Stokes and Naomi Rose Wadman Stokes. As a youth, she grew up in Brigham City, Utah. Afton was on her high school swim team and valedictorian of her high school class. Afton graduated from Southern Utah State College, (now known as Southern Utah University), with a bachelor’s degree in English education. While the family was briefly in Arizona, she taught junior high English in Mesa.\n\nAn active member of the community, Afton helped write program copy and press releases for the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah, in its early years. This led to other writing opportunities, including writing as a free-lance reporter for the Deseret News. Later in her career, she became the children’s librarian, and then director of the Cedar City Public Library for many years. \n\nAfton’s hobbies included cake decorating, scrapbooking, reading, and music. Her service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints included Stake Young Women’s leadership, Cub Scouting, ward historian, Primary teacher, compassionate service coordinator, and so much more. She spent her lifegiving meaningful and charitable service to all within her influence. Afton’s cheerful and kind demeanor was an inspiration to us all.\n\nFamily was always first for Afton, and while attending Utah State University she met the love of her life, T. Ronald LeFevre. Marrying in the fall of 1959, they were sealed in the Manti Utah Temple. Together, they raised five children in Cedar City, Utah. Afton always looked for the bright side of any situation and saw the best in those around her. Her positive outlook helped others see the good as well. This is reflected in her favorite scripture: “I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4). The family loved the great outdoors and could be found frequently enjoying boating, hiking, camping, ranching, and other wholesome outdoor activities. \n\nAfton is survived by her husband, T. Ronald LeFevre, and her children: Steven (Janice), Kent (Christine), Jeannette (Robert), Matthew (Kenna), and James (Miki). Fifteen children call her Grandmother, and eleven children call her Grandma Great! Afton is also survived by her brothers Jay Stokes (Linda) and Lynn Stokes (Delene) and was preceded in death by her parents, Asa Bodily Stokes and Naomi Rose Stokes, and her sisters Rose Marie and Judy Ann Stokes DeVries.\n\nFuneral services will be held on September 23, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar West Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewing will be Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. An additional viewing will be held at the Southern Utah Mortuary on Friday evening September 22, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.\n\nInterment will be in the Cedar City cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.mortuary.org\n\nLive streaming of the funeral service will be available at the Mortuary website.