Beverly Jean Lord, 71, died peacefully on October 18, 2021, from heart failure due to pulmonary hypertension. She was surrounded by her loving family and was feisty until her last moments on earth. She spent her last weeks expecting the royal treatment, often joking that she deserved the finest because she was “on her deathbed.” All her requests were promptly and happily fulfilled by whichever of her loyal subjects was closest at hand.
Beverly was born on March 15, 1950, to Kenneth Carr and Lula Garnet (Beck) Porter of Ogden, Utah, one of eight children. Beverly was one of seven sisters and one brother. The Porter house was full of love and laughter. Beverly remained close with her parents and siblings throughout her life, counting her sisters as some of her closest friends. Each of them joked that they could talk for hours, and Beverly and Becky proved this on a road trip when they were surprised to find that they were “already” in Las Vegas.
Beverly worked for many years at the Ogden IRS. The IRS became a bit of a family business, as Beverly and her parents all worked there. Kenneth and Lula introduced Beverly to her eternal sweetheart, Galen Lord. Beverly and Galen married on May 17, 1974, in the Ogden Utah Temple and soon welcomed four children, two girls then two boys.
The Lords were long-time residents of Plain City, Utah. Beverly loved raising her children surrounded by friends and family members. She taught her children to value hard work, leading them by tireless example. Each of them have fond memories of working in the yard, canning vegetables, and enjoying Independence Day in a small town.
She loved gardening and could be found outside from sunrise to sunset in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. She especially loved her rose bushes and irises, spending countless hours tending them.
Beverly loved spending time with her family. She looked forward each year to the traditional family parties, hosting the Memorial Day BBQ/volleyball shindig. She enjoyed spending time at the bowling alley and was passionate about cheering on her children in their league and tournament play, trips that often turned into family vacations.
Beverly’s wedding cakes were famous. She was the unofficial neighborhood and family cake lady and loved to spend time baking and decorating elaborate creations. She was proud to have made wedding cakes for each of her children.
Beverly was a valiant member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. She highly valued her membership and spent hours poring over the scriptures, especially later in her life. Beverly spent many hours surrounded by music and loved to listen to the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.
Beverly spent the last few years of her life living at Avamere at Mountain Ridge assisted living. She made many close friends among the staff and residents and will be remembered fondly by those she met. She became a confidant to those around her and had a kind word for everyone.
Beverly is survived by her children Gina (Vince) Brewer, Aaron (Aubrey) Lord, & Brison (Kathi) Lord; grandchildren Jonathan & Lydia Brewer, Catherine & Christopher Lord, and Jefferi Lord; her sisters Nancy Heywood, Karen Porter, Becky (Rich) McKay, Renae Thompson, and Deanna (Rick) Bone; and many other loving family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Galen, infant daughter Jodi, parents Kenneth & Lula Porter, brother Roger Porter, sister Rilla Marie (Porter) Gardner, and parents-in-law Gene & Aline (Maw) Lord.
The family would like to thank the staff and healthcare workers at Avamere at Mountain Ridge assisted living and Inspiration Hospice, with special thanks to Alisha Richins, Debbie Johnson, Tammy Reynolds & Alisha Behling for their friendship and loving care.
A visitation is planned for Monday, October 25, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM, with interment at Plain City Cemetery.
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