Buena Ethel Healey Beck
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Buena was born in Alpine, Utah, October 29, 1897. She always appreciated her English ancestors, the Healeys and Deveys and the Carlisles who settled in Alpine in pioneer days. They loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. They remained true to their covenants and left to the world descendents of whom they could well be proud.
Her father, James Carlisle Healey did much for the town of Alpine and held many civic positions. He was active in the Church from his boyhood until his last days.
Her mother, Hannah Alice Devey was born in England and passed her fifth birthday while crossing the ocean enroute to America.
These good parents established a permanent home in Alpine and raised a family of two sons and seven daughters. Brother and Sister Healey were fortunate to live together for nearly 58 years and to see all their children married and comfortably settled.
Buena considered it a great blessing to be born and reared in this fine family where from their childhood they were taught the principles of right living and where they were encouraged to accept the various positions in the Church as the calls came to them. They have been an exceptionally active family.
June 26, 1918, she was married in the Salt Lake Temple to James Henry Beck and sealed for time and eternity. They became the parents of 2 sons and six daughters.
Aside from her family duties, Buena has a record of church and public service which deserves commendation.
Prior to her marriage she filled such positions in the ward as Teacher in the Sunday School, teacher of the Beehive Class in M.I.A. and was secretary in Primary.
In 1938 she was called to be second Counselor in the Presidency of the Ward Genealogical Committee. Later she served as Counselor in the Relief Society, Counselor in Primary and a Relief Society visiting Teacher. She was also active in the Parents Teachers organization and was a member of the Mountainville Camp of the Daughters of the Pioneers.
The first eight years of their married life were spent in Alpine. After that they lived one year in Cedar Valley and a short time in Magna. They then came back to Alpine which has since been their home. Buena possessed the qualities that are necessary to make a good mother. She was especially gifted in the arts of good cooking and housekeeping and wherever they have lived, their homes and yards have been kept neat and orderly.
As neighbors, they were always friendly and accommodating, ready to assist anyone in trouble or to lend a helping hand to friend or stranger.
Their one great sorrow was when they were called to part with their little daughter, Alice, in 1937, when she passed away at the age of seven years.
Buena and Henry were good Latter-day Saints. They observed the laws of fasting, tithing, and family prayer, and the Sabbath Day found them in the Church gatherings.
Buena has always been willing to supplement the family income with her work aside from her family duties and no doubt has overtaxed her strength. But together they have transformed one of the oldest homes in Alpine into a modern, comfortable, and convenient places where children and grandchildren love to gather.
For the past 15 years Buena has been employed at the State Training School and has given the most efficient service.
A few weeks ago her health was such that she was advised to rest from her work, but little did we realize at that time that her rest would be permanent.
She wanted so much to live and enjoy her home and family.
Although at times during her illness she was not able to receive callers, the great number of cards and messages of love that came to her and the prayers of her many friends gave evidence of the high esteem in which this good sister was held, and she appreciated it all to the fullest extent.
She passed away Saturday, November 6, 1954, at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo.
Besides her husband, she is survived by seven children:
James Daryl of Spanish Fork
William LeGay of Alpine
Mrs. Verna Nichols, Salt Lake City
Mrs. Ramah Charlotte, Salt Lake City
Mrs. Jewell Simmons, Anchorage, Alaska
Mary Carla and Merla, Alpine
Also seven grandchildren
And one brother:
Elroy D. Healey, Alpine.
And four sisters:
Mrs. LaRue Hall of Magna
Mrs. Verland Beck of Alpine
Mrs. Pearl Carpenter, El Nonte, California
Mrs. Ferren, Sager, Salt Lake City
Found in my Grandmother Verland Beck's genealogy
Submitted by Yvonne Williams