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Obituary for Beth McFarland

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Beth McFarland

July 22, 1925 - April 30, 2012

Beth Olsen McFarlandJuly 22, 1927 ~ April 30, 2012Beth Olsen McFarland passed away peacefully on April 30, 2012. Beth was the youngest child and only daughter of Aileen (Brown) and Orange A. Olsen, she was born on July 22, 1927 in Cedar City, Utah. She spent the majority of her life in Ogden, Utah. She met the love of her life, Elwood Keyes McFarland, at Weber State College and they married on January 1, 1949 in a record-breaking blizzard. Beth and Elwood lived in Chicago, Illinois while Elwood attended Loyola Dental School but they were anxious to return to home to Ogden to raise their family. She was a devoted mother and wife and enjoyed sewing, skiing, golf, bridge, and any project that involved her girls. She was the ultimate mother running from swimming and dance lessons, while knitting socks for ice skating, and then having a fabulous dinner on the table each night. Beth was involved in the Ogden community through many service and social organizations, including the Ladies Dental Association, Altruist, PTA, many bridge clubs and golf groups. She was an active member of the LDS church, serving in many capacities. She especially treasured her 13 years as the teacher for the 11 year old scouts. Beth was an excellent example of a life well lived. She devoted some of her time to pursuing her own family heritage as well as Elwood’s. Joe’s Valley was a place where they were able to renew the Olsen Legacy. They were able to travel and enjoyed trips abroad. Beth had an excellent sense of humor, and delighted all of us with her outgoing personality. She was comfortable in any setting, from a subway in New York City or on a cruise ship in Alaska. She organized family trips in the pink station wagon, complete with picnic lunches eagerly devoured on the tail gate. She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Grant, Don Dee, and Homer. Beth is survived by her husband, Elwood, daughters, Nancy (Terry) Brown (Alpine, Utah), Carol (Hugh) Garner (Salt Lake City, Utah), and Diane (Brad) Link (Dalton Gardens, Idaho), eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Friends may visit family from 6-8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden on Friday, May 11, 2012. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Ogden 44th Ward on Jackson and 33rd Street. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at Ogden City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beth’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS church. Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ogden 44th Ward


Jackson and 33rd, , Ogden, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

Ogden 44th Ward


Jackson and 33rd, , Ogden, UT,

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Timeline for Beth McFarland

Born: July 22, 1925
Died: April 30, 2012

Condolences for Beth McFarland

Janet Lyells Checketts posted on 5/17/12

I was so sorry to just recently hear of the passing of your mother Beth McFarland. I had the privilege to be one of her Laurels, and she was so kind, loving and gracious to us girls. She always gave great lessons and had great activities that I know she spent alot of time preparing. She remembered special moments in our lives and it meant so much to me. May you be comforted in this time of sorrow but know you were so blessed to have such a wonderful mother.


Evan Peters posted on 5/17/12

As an obnoxious 11 year old boy I had no clue just how amazing this woman (my scout teacher) was. As a man I can see the impact she has had on my life … Thank you Beth McFarland may God bless you.


Mike Masters posted on 5/12/12

I have so many good memories of Beth and her family. I had to smile when I read about her being a scout leader. I was one of those 11 year olds in her class. So sorry for your loss.


Teri Chadwick Whiteley posted on 5/11/12

Nancy,I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a remarkable lady and I loved going over to your house when I was young. I won't be in town for the viewing or the funeral but I want you to know that my prayers are with you and your family. It has been way too long since we have seen each other. My mother also sends her condolences and prayers.


Jacquelia Rawson posted on 5/10/12

I would just like to share with Beth's family about my expierence with Lovely Beth. She was such a pleasure for me to help. I will never forget her humor and kindness. Even though she would forget me from one visit to the next she would still have that spark in her eye and I think she actually enjoyed the time we spent taking care of her showers. I am saddened and happy at same time for her passing. She was in a lot of pain when I saw her last. I wouldn't want her to suffer. I feel like the world has lost a real special soul who touched everyone she met. I took care of her at Pine View and when she went home from there. Thanks so much for allowing me to share.Jacque Rawson


Tammy (Sanders) Fawcett posted on 5/10/12

What a very special lady and a shining example in my life. She was my Laurel teacher and I loved her. Her enthusiasm, positive attitude and genuine interest in me meant so very much. She exemplified Christ-like love in her service to all those around her. I think of her often and remember the lessons she taught and the fun we shared. My deepest condolences to her family, she will be greatly missed.


Dollie Moir posted on 5/7/12

My husband always reads the Deseret News on line. This morning he told me Beth had died. My mind was flooded with memories of Beth. It is difficult to remember a time when Beth wasn't part of my memory. Her loss is as heart rending as when my Mom and Dad died. I think a person's life is in part made up of the people who mean so much. Beth and Elwood are part of my life. I am enriched for having Beth be a part of my life and poorer because of her loss. My love goes to you, Elwood and to Nancy, Diane and Carol.


Brent J Greenwell posted on 5/6/12

Beth, thanks for all those great memories growing up. I remember fondly polishing my cowboy boots with your husband as a little guy and many great summers enjoying you and your family. Trips to Joe's Valley were extra special. Thanks for being part of my life.........God Bless you say hello to Mom and Dad for me.........