Ruth Nadene Mathie
1933 ~ 2017

Ruth 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 School meetings.

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.

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