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Obituary for Lois Grace Beckstead

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Lois Grace Beckstead

April 21, 1917 - February 15, 2011

Lois Grace Miller Beckstead1917-2011Riverdale- Lois Beckstead, 93, passed away peacefully in the home she was so proud of on Tuesday, February 15, 2011.She was born April 21, 1917 in Corinne, Utah, daughter of Chancey Miller and Louisa Law. She was the 7th of 12 children and often told stories about the wonderful years growing up with her siblings, and always with loving memories of her parents. Mom married dad, Ray M. Beckstead on February 17, 1934. Their marriage was later solemnized in the LDS Temple and together they had five children, Darrell (deceased) Carolyn, LaVerl, Geraldine (deceased) and Eileen. Dad passed away in 1984 shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary. Mom worked at the Cannery in Ogden, was a cook at the elementary school in South Ogden for many years, and retired from the Defense Depot Ogden. No matter where mom went she always took the time to meet people, she would often mention how many wonderful people there was in the world and never went anywhere that she didn’t exchange a kind word to someone. She was an extraordinary woman who placed others first and devoted herself to her family, always making her home the center of love. Her home and yard were her pride and joy, she loved working in her yard and took great pride in her beautiful flower beds, and when it came time to trim the shrubs, trees or rose bushes you couldn’t hold a candle to her, it wasn’t until she was in her 90’s that she reluctantly had to give it up. Her life was an adventure raising five children but she did it with a smile. Mom we love you.She is survived by her children, Carolyn (Glade) Hirschi, LaVerl Beckstead, Eileen (Tim) Wells, and Aunt Ruth Vandenarend and many grandchildren, great and even great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service in Mom’s honor will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, with Bishop John Sandburg officiating. Friends and family may visit on Friday, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.Mom will be laid to rest next to dad at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park. The family would like to thank all of the wonderful neighbors that kept a watch on her and for always making sure her driveway was cleared of snow. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Lois Grace Beckstead

Born: April 21, 1917
Died: February 15, 2011

Condolences for Lois Grace Beckstead

Dan Hinger posted on 2/19/11

Our condoleneces to you.Dan & Suzi HingerAllyn, Wa


Kory & Linda Boekweg posted on 2/19/11

I am greatful for the memories through the years that we as families shared, each and every day we miss and think of loved ones. My wife linda and I are out of town or we would love to have seen all the family again, sorry we only see each other during times like this but just know we think of everyone all the time and it brings back "great'' memories. I will always remember my Uncle Ray and the wonderful scouting fun. Every once in a while when the back gate to Hill Field was open I would go that way so I could stop and say "Hi" to the both of them after I was off work. So many memories I carry in my heart.Sincere love to all of you.


Nyla Evans posted on 2/18/11

Carolyn, LaVerl and Eileen,I'm sorry that I'll be out of town for the viewing and funeral. I wanted you to know I always thought Aunt Lois was the sweetest aunt ever. I remember going to her house and she always wanted to show me her garden. It was beautiful. Her house was always presteen. She lived a good life and is happy that she is with Uncle Ray now. Best to you all.Cousin NylaP.S. Kory is in Arizona.


Alan Maw posted on 2/18/11

My heart goes out to the Family. I knew Lois in my early years when I lived in Utah, and the best thing in my life is her Grand Daughter (Wendy) who is my Daughter who loved her dearly, as wll as the Grand Children. It is nice to know her marriage was sealed in the LDS Temple so now she will be at peace and back with Ray, her loving husband.


Wendy posted on 2/17/11

I loved listening to Grandma's stories, enjoyed the fishing trips to Flaming Gorge with her and Grandpa. I am so blessed that they got to share in my children's lives and Grandma got to be a part of her great-great-granddaughters life.Grandma loved the fact that her great-grandson remember time with Grandpa even though he was only a year old.