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Helen Beck Hedquist, 82, passed away Sunday morning, September 25, 1994 in a Salt Lake City hospital, after a short illness.

She was born March 11, 1912 in Centerfield, Sanpete County, Utah, to Hans Oswell Beck and Mattie Amanda Nielsen. She married Ralph Alexander Hedquist on December 26, 1930 in Richfield, Utah. This was the beginning of a wonderful companionship and happy marriage of 64 years. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on March 23, 1951. After graduating from high school her junior year, she attended Brigham Young University for two years and received a "Normal Diploma" and elementary school teaching certificate. She taught first grade in the Salt Lake public school system for a short period of time. This experience in education began a long and joyous adventure in teaching and learning.She was very active in the LDS Church and was devoted to serving and lifting the lives of her friends. Her service in the Relief Society spanned five decades where she served in numerous leadership and teaching callings. This service was filled with many rich experiences, blessings and friendships. Her most recent service was as compassionate leader in the Willow Creek 4th Ward. Helen served with her husband as a full-time missionary in the Nauvoo Illinois Mission. Upon returning from her missionary experience, she served as a temple ordinance worker and temple historian in the Jordan River Temple. She also served with her husband as a missionary on Temple Square. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and served tirelessly in the church. She also dedicated much of her talents and energy in providing community service. She was truly "an elect lady" and valiant in defending truth and righteousness.

Helen had a keen and scholarly interest in literature, poetry, music, art and loved the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. She surrounded herself with great books and lovely things. She was admired and loved by many friends and considered friendship with others among life's greatest joys.

The lives of many people were lifted and encouraged by her presence. She was a superb teacher who affected the lives of hundreds of people. Helen was an elegant, gracious and noble wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. The members of her family will praise and revere her Christlike life and example of faith, devotion and love. She will be greatly missed, but has enriched our lives with her special gifts of love. "To affect the quality of each day is the highest of the human arts". Helen understood this and lived by this ideal.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph; her two sons, Francis J. Hedquist, Alpine, Utah; Steven A. Hedquist, Ann Arbor, Michigan; two daughters-in-law, Janice Hedquist (Francis) and Elizabeth Hedquist (Steven); nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Oswell Beck, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Leo Beck, Yuma, Arizona; three sisters, Lazella Spencer and Nola Anderson, both of Murray, Utah; Firl Youngkeit, Provo, Utah.

Funeral services, Friday, September 30, 1994 at 12 Noon, at the Willow Creek Stake Center, 2350 East Creek Road, Sandy, Utah. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and Friday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 South 1700 East, Sandy, Utah.

The family wishes to extend their love and gratitude to the healthcare workers and to many friends and loved ones for their expressions of affection and support.

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