Doris Marie Tarbet Sweeten

1928 ~ 2022

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Our beloved Doris Marie Tarbet Sweeten danced into this world June 24, 1928, in Burley, ID to loving parents Caroline (Kitty) Tarbet; a seamstress who tailored all her dresses so Doris always looked like a doll, and Bourke Dewain Tarbet a gentle man and a dairy farmer who tap danced with his darling daughter and caught her tears in a teacup! She waltzed through heaven’s gates on November 6, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. She lived an amazing 94 years!

Doris enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Burley, ID and Benson, UT with her siblings Bourke Dewain, Floyd Lee, James Lamar, Robert Max, Lois Jean, and Bonnie Ann. Doris loved her social life, she was homecoming queen, Seminary class president and secretary. She loved school, the many friends she made were friends for life.

She married the love of her life, and forever sweetheart Dewey H. Sweeten in 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they lovingly raised five children. Kandis (Denny) Jensen, Lori (Keith) Bird, Kellie (Mark) Cheever, Todd (Fran) Sweeten and Troy Sweeten. Together they created a strong family that worked together and played together! Doris and Dewey were very proud of their children. They brought great joy to their lives. Doris leaves a legacy of 72 +1 on the way, who will carry her immense love in their hearts. From her very own children to her great, great grandchildren, Doris has made each one feel so special and uniquely loved. She attended countless sporting events, music, and dance performances. Birthday parties and Halloween parades for her children and grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. Christmas was a very special time because of the joy Doris spread. The family always looked forward to the “Sweeten” Christmas party, where we grew from playing the part of baby Jesus, to having our children play the part. There were always multiple angles, naughty sheep and reluctant shepherds who sang off key, except for Grandpa who always sang perfect!

Doris was born with the gift of endless love and light, that she shared with every person she met.

Heavenly Father and our Savior were near and dear to her. This believing heart was shown in the way in which she embraced her ward family and served enthusiastically wherever she was needed through her church where she developed many friendships that are near and dear to her heart.
Doris brought many gifts to the world and will be dearly missed by every person she touched. She was a beautiful child who grew to be a beautiful woman, but it wasn’t just skin deep, her beauty shone from within and touched all around her. Her smile was an automatic and authentic gift that she gave every person she met. She had a special way of making everyone feel important and loved. She was a lifelong example of unconditional love, kindness, and devotion to her family. She was humble and grateful for her blessings, and she enjoyed all of life. We all feel blessed that we got to be a part of her life, to have been touched by her light. Her passing has brought tears but more gratitude that she lived and loved, and we got to be a part of it.

Mom was not at all worried about going to heaven, with so many loved ones waiting for her there. But she said, “I love life!”

“Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened” Theodore Geisel (He wrote Dr Seuss)

Recipe for a Happy Family (From the Sweeten Family Cookbook)

Cream together:
1 cup of love
½ cup patience
½ cup understanding
Sift together:
½ cup humor
½ cup laughter
1 pinch of twinkling eyes
1 dash of song in your voice

Mix together above ingredients. Fold in a prayerful heart. Store in a wholesome body. Take one dose daily. Can be kept forever.

A viewing will be held on Friday November 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the American Fork 37th Ward located at 1100 E. 400 N. in American Fork, Utah. A Funeral will be held Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 at the same location with a viewing prior from 9:30-10:30 am. Interment in Holladay Mortuary.

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I’m so.sorry for your loss. Doris was a beautiful lady both on the outside and inside. She will be missed by everyone. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Barbara Stringham

What a lovely lady. I have known her son Todd and his wife Fran. Todd is such a kind and helpful person. His mother taught him well. God bless the Sweeten family as they celebrate the life of Doris and move forward to honor her.

- Dr. Mark Bezzant

Dear Family,

We loved your dear mother so very much and have the fondest memories of all the good times we have shared with her and your dad and each of you. She always made us feel so special, as we know she did everyone she was ever around. What a beautiful spirit and loving heart we felt as we gathered around her from the time we were young. We are so grateful she has been in our lives. We love each one of you and feel blessed that we are family. Our hearts feel of yours at this tender time of parting, Lynn & Carole Williams

- Lynn & Carole Williams

Doris was such a good friend and always will be. Just the other day Carole Boshard and I were talking about her and were saying how much we loved her and how amazing she is that she has lived such a long industrious life. They were in our temple sealing group she and Dewey, and we love them dearly. They were always an example of such love for each. I will not be able to come today but know it will be a grand celebration of her accomplishments and her love for all of mankind. I was thrilled to see that you were having it available for all of us to watch and will do so.

- Valerie Telford