Post: March 11, 2014
Updated: March 11, 2014
Our feisty, dynamic, wonderful
wife, mother, and friend Norma
Spencer Beckstrand passed away
peacefully at her home on March 6,
2014. Norma was born on July 2,
1930 to Sarah Sophronia Quayle and
Seymour Horne Spencer in Montpelier,
Idaho. She grew up in Fillmore,
From the day she was born, Norma
hit the ground running. Before graduating
from Millard High School in
1948, where she was co-valedictorian,
she was the first Utah Girls’ State
Norma married the love of her life,
Gordon Lynn Beckstrand, on June
16, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
They were always on the move.
Norma working numerous jobs
providing the financial resources
necessary for Gordon to obtain his
degrees, touching countless lives
wherever they lived: Meadow, UT;
Castle Dale, UT; Ithaca, NY; Madison,
WI; Logan, UT; Richfield, UT;
East Lansing, MI; Fort Collins, CO;
Washington DC; Mogadishu, Somalia;
Cairo, Egypt; Leeds, UT; Alpine,
UT; and Lehi, UT.
Norma loved working as a realtor
and assisted the LDS Church in
purchasing the first mission home
for the Lansing Michigan Mission in
1973. One of her greatest desires was
to earn her college degree, which she
did at age 55, with honors, from BYU
in University Studies.
Norma spent her life serving others.
She directed, managed, and produced
innumerable community and
church productions such as "Oliver"
and "The Stingiest Man in Town."
She served in the LDS Young
Women’s program for 42 years; culminating
with her 7th time as ward
Young Women’s president at the age
She and Gordon served four LDS
missions together: Co-Directors,St.
George Member Locator Center;
Guides, St. George Historical
Sites;Coordinators, St. George
Temple Baptistry; Missionaries, St.
George Temple Visitors’ Center.
Everyone who knew Norma loved
her. With her dynamic personality,
she could be very direct with people
and still maintain a great relationship
because of her love for them. She was
an expert homemaker and devoted
mother. Her sons cherish the lessons
she taught them about life, the gospel,
and being men of God.
Norma is survived by her husband,
Gordon; her sisters Beth Robison
(Doyle) and Joan McKee (Clair); her
three sons, David (Joy) of Lehi, Utah,
Scott (Carrie) of Overton, Nevada,
and Gary (Jennifer) of Centerville,
Utah. She had 23grandchildren and
She was preceded in death by her
brother Robert Spencer, her sister
Helen Whatcott, and her granddaughters
Laura Beckstrand and Mikheala
The family would like to thank
those who cared for Norma in her last
year, particularly Mary Smith, her
hospice nurse and friend, and David
and Joy Beckstrand whom she called
her "angel" care givers.
A viewing for family and friends
will be held Friday, March 14, 2014
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the
Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North
900 East, American Fork, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Saturday,
March 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
with a viewing from 8:30 to 9:30
prior to services at the Pheasant Point
First Ward, 3065 North 1300 West,
A graveside service will also be
held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at
4:00 p.m. at the cemetery in Meadow,
Utah. Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.warenski.com
Post: March 11, 2014
Updated: March 11, 2014
Ashley Ann Hughes, daughter of Chuck and Minnie Hughes, passed away March 6, 2014 in the arms of her mother and in the company of her family.
She was born December 19, 2001 in St. George, UT. She fought great obstacles everyday upon this earth and through her life. Though her life expectancy was short, her strong will and her determination kept her with us for 12 years. She is a shining example of goodness and purity. We are better people because she was ours. Today we know she is running through fields of flowers, singing songs with all her heart and resting safe and sound in the arms of our Savior. Surviviors are her parents, sisters, Baylie, Aubree and Ella and brother, Orin, Delta, UT; Grandmothers, Loie Prince Leavitt, Laverkin, UT; Nina Vee Bundy Hughes, St. George, UT. Preceeded in death by grandfathers, Paul Leavitt and Alfred J. Hughes. Funeral Arrangements were as follows: St. George at The Heideman Hughes Mortuary (1037 East 700 South St. George) Sunday Night March 9 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Delta Stake Center (across from the hospital) Monday night, March 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Delta Stake Center for the Funeral was Tuesday March 11th short viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Funeral at 11:00 a.m. Graveside and interment followed the funeral at the Delta Cemetery.