Forsgren Stevenson slipped quietly from her nearly 85 years
of earth life on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For two weeks
following traumatic head injury from a fall, she was surrounded
by family and friends who dearly hoped for a full recovery
while sharing with her their assistance, love and memories.
We miss her!
Born November 12, 1932 in Bear River City, Utah, to Viroqua
Nelson and Denzil Layton Forsgren, Beverly was the oldest
of five children. She was born in the same bedroom as her
mother! Her siblings all preceded her in death [Curtis (Norine
Nowell), Joni, Dennis (Judy Kay Hartwell) and Judy Ann (Hossein
Ghandehari)]. The family resided in Ogden where Beverly
and Franklin Dee Stevenson found each other and married
in the Logan Temple. This November 16 marks their 66th anniversary;
they are true eternal sweethearts. The two teamed up to
help Dee pursue his education. They lived in Utah, California,
Oregon, Iowa and Maryland. From their happy union came Vicki
Lynne (deceased; Bill Graden, Julia White), Rodney Barrett
(JoLynn Stout), Susan (Michael Tullis), Kelley (Craig Ashcroft)
and Kimberly (Mark Bird). Beverly is survived by four of
her children, 23 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Beverly devoted her life to her family, faith, friends,
and community, all the while noticing and reaching out to
those she perceived had extra needs. She and Dee served
years as LDS temple workers; they served a mission in Lithuania
and also at the Washington, D.C. Temple. Beverly valued
education, sacrificing to ensure that each of her children
received college degrees and could contribute to their communities.
To those who know her, hospitality is her middle name as
she opened her home and table to many, offering not only
delicious, nourishing meals and a bottomless cookie jar,
but also thoughtful care and a listening ear to all in her
home and influence. She was a remarkably popular and beloved
friend to her children’s friends.
Beverly loved family traditions and holidays, a clean and
beautiful home with fresh flowers throughout, a good laugh,
regular rounds of King-Queen-Beggar-Beggar with Rook cards,
ice cream stores where “everybody is happy,”
chocolate, sewing formals and Easter dresses for her daughters,
encouraging interested children in their piano and music
pursuits, weekly carefully planned family nights, popcorn
with a fun movie, picnics, family vacations, regular family
gatherings to be inspired together watching General Conference,
reading Russian novels, attending concerts and plays, temple
service, Anne of Green Gables, touring the D.C. area with
visitors, watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren
perform and play sports, homemade piñatas, walks
with Dee, swimming her mile for exercise, good health, fireworks,
hiding Easter eggs, fun family pandemonium, noticing kindness
in others, and so much else! She impressed us all when at
63 she hiked 19.5 miles and summited Mt. Timpanogos!
What she taught she practiced every day of her life. “Accentuate
the positive.” “You will never regret taking
the high road.” “Virtue is its own reward.”
“Your name is safe in our home.”
Most of all she loved the Lord, His gospel, and her family.
Truth, goodness, love, beauty, kindness, gratitude, testimony,
sacrifice—these are the essence of our dear mother,
wife, grandmother and friend. We rest grateful in our assurance
that someday we will again embrace and join with her in
the magnificent presence of our Heavenly Father.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October
30, 2017 at the Highland East LDS Stake Center Chapel, 4679
West 11000 North, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may
call from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at
the church and again on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30
am prior to services at the church. Interment will be at
the Farmington City Cemetery in Farmington, Utah.