Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and cherished wife, Louise R. Beck, passed away peacefully Saturday May 15th, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Louise was born July 7, 1933 to Vesta Vay Hamilton in Salt Lake City, Utah. Louise grew up during the depression in Riverton, Utah. Growing up she was surrounded by many cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents which made her life full of love and fun. Louise went to Riverton Elementary, Riverton Jr. High and graduated from Jordan High School as a proud Beetdigger in 1951.
Louise was involved in clubs and academic groups at Jordan high school, she attended Girls State and was a correspondent for the Deseret News reporting on the events of Girls State. Louise met the love of her life Roger Beck when they were both Cheerleaders at the Jr. high schools they attended. Louise and Roger began to date each other in their Senior year at Jordan High School. They corresponded after Roger joined the Army and later the Air Force. Louise and Roger were married February 18, 1953 in Riverton Utah on a very cold and snowy evening. The young couple moved to Las Vegas where Roger was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base; Louise delivered Boyd and Steve in a military hospital on the base. Life in Las Vegas was a new experience as Louise had never been outside the Wasatch Front.
After the military service Louise, Roger and family moved to Sandy where they lived, raised their family and increased their family from 2 to 6 children. Sandy was a great place to raise a family. The neighborhood was full of young families with lots of children.
Louise was the manager of a doctor’s office for 25 years and enjoyed her association with those she worked with. Louise loved to read; Erma Bombeck was one of her favorite authors, she would perform book reviews of Erma Bombeck’s books at women’s groups and the libraries, all who attended left with a light heart because they laughed all night.
Louise was a genealogy buff, searching family lines finding ancestors that were servants and kings. She would write family histories and prepared thousands of names for temple work to be done. Louise had a strong faith in her Heavenly Father and His loving plan for all his children. She held many church positions and loved to teach the gospel in Relief Society and Sunday School.
Louise and Roger added a pool to their backyard and shared many summer hours with their precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a couple they served as host missionaries at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for 16 years. They loved to meet people from around the world and made many dear friends with the other missionaries.
Louise and Roger shared their “Golden Years” serving each other and enjoyed being together; they supported each other in sickness and in health, always longing to be together clear to the end.
Louise is survived by her gentle and caring husband Roger Neal Beck, children: Boyd (Laura), Steve (Cindey), Shelley (Kevin) Nudd, Stacey (Chuck) Turner, Garth (Sharon), and Brent (Nicole), and beloved sister, Lois (Stewart) Francom. They were blessed with 22 grandchildren, and 59 great grandchildren with 1 in heaven that Louise is loving until it is time for him to come join his family. Louise was preceded in death by her parents Max and Vesta Roach and her sister Carol Calder.
Funeral service will be held Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00 am, at the Alta Heights ward building, 1500 East 8600 South. Viewings will be Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East Dimple Dell Road from 6-8 pm and 10:00 to 10:40 at the church on Friday prior to the funeral service. Masks are optional at both the viewing and the funeral. Interment will take place immediately following the service at Riverton Cemetery, 1500 West 13200 South Riverton.
You can join the funeral services via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/.93999279835?pwd=U3dJTWBuYXk3WDBGbEwxWGNCVXBDZz09
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Life Story Info
So many memories of this sweet lady. Growing up she was my buddy, Brent’s mom and a neighbor. She was a staple of the street and ward. As I grew in years I ended up living again on the same street as Louise, but this time as an adult and friend. She had me and my kids up to swim often. My kids would keep and eye out to see if the flag was raised, which was a sure invitation to stop on by. One day as Louise was driving by in her trusty blue car (circa 1997ish) my oldest son dowsed her with our hose as she passed by with her window down. She laughed so hard, she couldn’t decide if she was mad or entertained. She vowed vengeance. Not sure she ever made that threat come true or not. She was an example of charity and mentor ship to those around her. Please know that she touched so many lives, including mine.