Kearns, UT Beverly was born May 5, 1947 in Garfield, Utah to Seth and Thelma Tracy. She was the youngest of 5 children. She attended school in Magna, UT and received her Bachelors at SLCC. She spent the majority of her career at the State of Utah Department of Technology Services where she retired.
Beverly met the love of her life, Gary Snyder just out of high school and married after a short courtship. That loving union lasted for 52 years until Gary’s passing. She never remarried as she could never see herself with anyone but him. During that loving relationship four children were born.
She loved to crochet and needlepoint, game night, penny slots, and keno. She had a passion for genealogy and loved to watch the stock market. She was always up for a good water fight and was always the instigator and the winner (We can assure you that most of those were started in the house). She cherished the yearly family trip to Moab where there was always so much love, laughter and fun. She loved a hot cup of coffee with good conversation or a debate. You always needed to be prepared with just the right answer to any question she threw at you. She liked to make you think. She always made time for anyone that needed her, she was the best listener and could talk you through any situation.
Her greatest pride and accomplishments were her family. She used to say “the leading cause of death is birth, you can’t take it with you when you go so make memories”. And that she did. She loved her family with her whole heart. She was the glue that held it all together. She taught her children to work hard, love hard, and play hard. That love doesn’t come with conditions, and most importantly be honest. She showed them by example how to apologize, forgive, and move on. There was nothing so terrible that forgiveness couldn’t be given. She treated everyone with respect and kindness. Everyone was family. She had an open door and open heart policy to family, friends, and at times strangers. The door was never closed.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were so blessed to have her in their lives and have many memories of her. She played an active role investing time and love with each one of them. She always said yes. She made her grandchildren Christmas stockings, and blankets. She bought them an ornament every year for Christmas until they were 18 and that is a tradition her children carry on with their grandchildren. They remember the water fights, dinner and a movie night in the back yard, BBQ’s, sleep overs, scary movies curled up on the couch, arts and crafts, playing games, trips to Lagoon, hearing them curse and her promising not to tell, Halloween parties and costumes, Christmas angel tree shopping and the cookies, Easter egg hunts, card games (they said she cheated, no one could possibly win them all), helping them make presents and doing homework. Every birthday each person received a Happy Birthday song that meant the world to them. She took time with each grandchild and great-grandchild to make them feel special and as if they were the only human in the room. She loved and supported every individual and excepted them as they are. The grandchildren want to especially say how much the love she had for their children meant everything to them. And finally they want you to know she was one bad-ass grandma!
She was preceded in death by her husband Gary Snyder, Granddaughter Shelby Snyder-Warenski, Parents Seth and Thelma Tracy, Brother and Sister in-law Larry (Marilyn) Tracy, Brother Lorrin Tracy, Sister Valerie Hincks, and Sister-in law LaRue Tracy.
She is survived by her daughter’s Debbie (Shellie) Haymond Holladay UT, Tracey Timothy/Snyder Kearns UT, Son’s Steven (Tammy) Snyder Kearns UT, Matt (Misty) Snyder Kearns UT, Brother LeGrande Tracy Enoch UT, Sister in-law AltaKay Tracy Chandler AZ, Brother in-law Gordon Hincks Sandy, UT. 22 Grandchildren, 18 Great-Grandchildren, and 21 grand-fur babies.
There is much more to be said about this beautiful soul, but at this point she would be embarrassed. So we are going to end with a fun saying of hers. “Behave, be good, stay out of trouble, and do the twist.” FYB family (It’s a Snyder thing)
As per her wishes, she was cremated and a private family scattering of her ashes will take place at a later date in Moab, UT.
A casual celebration of her life will be held at her home on Sunday July 18th between the hours of 1:00pm and 5:00pm. If you need further details, please contact one of her family members.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Huntsman Cancer Institute, or this Christmas please adopt an angel or two in her name.