NANCY E. HOWELL CLEGG NEELEY BECKSTROM
Nancy Beckstrom, born November 6, 1916, passed away February 12, 2012 at the age of 95. ‘Nan’ was born in Portage, Utah to John C. and Rebecca John Howell. She was one of 14 children and is the last of her family to pass. Nan lived a full life of love, caring and blessing all who knew her.
Nan married Myron E. Clegg on July 3, 1935 in the Logan Temple. They were blessed with four children. Myron passed away soon after their fourth child was born. Nancy married Leslie Neeley and they added two more children to her posterity. Nancy later married Arch Beckstrom of Benjamin, UT. They spent many years together traveling, dancing and loving all the many years they shared until he passed away in 1980.
Nancy is survived by her six children, Cleone Hobson (Bob, deceased), Ronald E. Clegg (Geniel), Myron Sheldon Clegg (Pat), Arba Burgess (Vernell), Nancy Housekeeper (Gary) and Susan Neeley (Lynda Ross), sister-in-law Ida Howell of Phoenix, AZ, brother-in-law Cecil Harrison of Salt Lake City, UT and special niece, Ann Howell Forsgren (Doug) of Gilbert, AZ. Nan leaves behind a posterity of 25 grandchildren, 84 great grandchildren and 63 great-great grandchildren, and five great-great-great grandchildren.
From the beginning, Nancy was a hard worker. As a young woman she worked on the farm with her family. She helped prepare meals for workers in the field and rode the derrick horse that stacked the hay. Before marrying, she worked at the Tremonton hospital. Many years later, as a young woman, widowed mother of four, she held varied and interesting jobs to support her family, such as wallpapering homes, farming, picking fruit and cleaning homes. Again, after being widowed with two more small children, she worked for Dixon Taylor Russell Draperies and BYU to support her small family. Nancy also served in many callings for the LDS Church. She served in the Primary, Relief Society presidency and lastly, she dedicated 21 years volunteering at the Provo Temple. Nancy also volunteered for the Blackhawk Encampment as either a board member of the secretary for over 30 years.
Nancy’s joy in life was derived from being with her family. Nancy was always a hard worker, loved being outdoors and working with her hands. She sewed many quilts to keep her family warm and always sent them home with something from her kitchen.
Nancy was preceded in death by all of her thirteen siblings, three husbands, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, one son-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Walker Funeral Home Chapel – February 16, 2012
Bishop Michael L. Hansen, conducting
Prelude & Postlude – Rebecca Evans, great granddaughter
Family Prayer – Chad Knighton, grandson
Musical Selection by granddaughters – “Abide With Me”
Invocation – Lesa Evans, granddaughter
Musical Selection by Chris Caras – “Always”, acc. by Marie Caras
Tribute – Pat Clegg, daughter-in-law
Speaker – Susan Neeley, daughter
Speaker – Christopher Steele, grandson
Remarks – Bishop Michael Hansen
Musical Selection by Ann Howell Forsgren, special niece – “My Mother’s Hands”
Benediction – Debbie Egbert, granddaughter
Portage Cemetery, Portage, UT
Dedicatory Prayer – Christopher Steels, grandson
Ronald L. Clegg
Myron Jay Cummings
Funeral Directors – Walker Family Mortuary of Spanish Fork, UT