1933 ~ 2017
Nadene Redford-Beffort Mathie was born April 18th, 1933
to Rulon Lloyd Redford and Stella Wright Redford in Provo,
Utah. She passed away from natural causes September 6th,
2017 in the American Fork, Utah hospital.
Nadene married Alex Robert Beffort in Provo, Utah on April
20th, 1951. They were divorced March 6, 1970. She married
Dale William “Bill” Mathie in Orem, Utah on
July 22, 1985. Bill and Nadene were sealed in the Jordan
River LDS temple on October 21, 1992.
Nadene is survived by her 3 children; Robert Douglas Beffort,
Terri Lee Beffort Trinnaman and Dee Ann Beffort Shaw. She
has 5 grand children and 4 great grand children who she
loved deeply and boasted about frequently. She also loved
and boasted about her step-family: Bill’s 4 children
(Geniel Crandal, Sandra Hadley, Dianne Tucker and Steve
Mathie), 13 grand children and 41 great grand children.
At the time of her death, she was living in Alpine, Utah
in the Hillside LDS ward where Terri and Jay Trinnaman provided
exceptional, loving care for her. Nadene will be interred
in the Alpine City Cemetery next to her husband Bill.
There will not be an official funeral, but there will be
a closed casket reception for those who want to gather to
remember her and say goodbye. It will be in the Hillside
LDS ward house at 676 Eagle View Dr, Alpine on September
9th, 2017 from 9:00 am MDT to 10:30 am MDT. In lieu of flowers,
donations for funeral costs may be sent with the Venmo phone
app to @Terri-trinnaman.
Nadene grew up in Provo - mostly in the house at 3rd south
and 8th east, Provo. There she attended Franklin Elementary,
Maeser Elementary, Farrer Jr High and graduated from Provo
High School May 1951.
After graduating from high school, she married Alex Beffort,
who she had met in school. She and Alex lived in Provo their
entire marriage and had 3 children.
Nadene met Bill Mathie while working at Intermountain Gifts
in Pleasant Grove, Utah. During the course of their marriage,
they lived in Orem, Utah; St George, Utah; Ogden, Utah;
American Fork, Utah and their current home in Alpine, Utah.
Nadene liked to sing and play the piano. She worked in
music stores several times. Her children often asked her
to “play us to sleep” when they were young.
She was a part of the Chauntanettes choral group in Utah
Valley where she held several leadership positions including
Treasurer, President and Past President. The first time
the LDS children's song "I Wonder When He Comes Again"
was sung in public, Nadene sang soprano in the quartet.
She was a frequent pianist for the LDS Primary and Sunday
She also loved crafts. She always had projects going whether
they be knitting, needlepoint, quilting, Christmas decorations,
flowers made from feathers, pictures made from various seeds,
custom calendars with birthdays and pictures for the family
or fashionable bracelets made from her vast collection of
special beads. At one time, Nadene and Bill started a store
in St George, Utah called “Carousel Ceramics”
where they made not only ceramics, but fine porcelain figurines.
The business eventually moved to Utah Valley where their
creations were shipped all over the country.
Another enterprise was her “T-N-Tee” business
where she and her daughter Terri created trendy T-shirts.
It started small with hand-made tee shirts and grew to where
Nadene and Bill went on the road with a full-sized RV towing
a trailer visiting craft fairs all over the western US.
Those T-shirts still pop up in surprising places even today.
One of the more surprising things Nadene enjoyed was her
“dirt bike”. She owned her own Honda 100 off-road
motorcycle. (Which everybody loved and asked to ride.) She
would tackle hillsides and mountain trails that required
some real skill to ride. But the favorite memories of her
and her family were the days when the family (throw in some
friends too) would come together in a huge herd and ride
out together across the desert or through the mountains.
Nadene’s favorite time of year was Christmas. Decorating
went big when Christmas came to her house. Tinsel garlands,
Christmas lights, Christmas figurines and other decorations
would cover nearly every square inch of her house. Lights
and decorations on her Christmas trees received careful
and concentrated attention.
She anticipated every year and would come up with another
special addition. When she could, she loved making her own
decorations. Feathered decorations one year, pictures made
of seeds another and beads another. Ceramic decorations
were a favorite of hers.
After She married Bill, she started making Christmas Villages.
At first, a few houses. The next year, she added a few more.
Then a little more. And then Bill joined in and the Christmas
village grew until it covered 2 full sheets of plywood with
4 levels, mountains, a Santa and sleigh and even a news
chopper to report on Santa’s whereabouts. She and
Bill would take weeks just to set up the Christmas Village.
Once it was up, they would have crowds from the neighborhood
coming to take a look.
After Christmas had come and gone on the calendar, it would
linger on at her house until she would reluctantly pack
up the decorations for another year.
Nadene, and later, Nadene and Bill made friends wherever
they went. From St George to Ogden, they easily made friends
with neighbors and casual contacts. Together, they traveled
all over the western United states selling those T-shirts
for T-N-Tee and making friends on the way.
Graveside services for Nadene will be held on Saturday,
September 9, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Alpine City Cemetery
located at 350 North Grove Drive, Alpine, Utah. Family and
friends may call also on Saturday morning from 9:00-10:30
am prior to graveside at the Hillside LDS Ward Chapel located
at 676 North Eagle View Drive, Alpine, Utah. In lieu of
flowers, donations for funeral costs may be sent with the
Venmo phone app to @Terri-Trinnaman.
She will be sorely missed.