Beth Watkins Brian, 80, passed away of complications from a stroke June 22, 1996, in Provo, Utah.
She was born January 17, 1916, in Mendon, Cache Co., Utah, to Clifford Charles and Ronella Anderson Watkins. She married Daniel Garron Brian in Rupert, Idaho. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 20, 1936. He died in 1976.Beth was educated in Brigham City Elementary and High School, and graduated from Box Elder High. She also attended BYU.
Beth was an active and devoted member of the LDS Church. She served as Primary president and Relief Society teacher. She had a great love for music and served as an organist, piano accompanist for over 64 years. At the time of her stroke last August, she was serving as a Primary organist.
She did not like attention drawn to her. She quietly served others in many ways all the days of her life. She showed unconditional love to everyone.
She was employed as the secretary to managers of the Deseret News Press for 18 years, retiring in 1977.
She was loved and revered by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her sharp sense of humor drew all of them closer to her. As one grandchild put it, "Grandma always knew how to breach the generation gap." Even in the painful last days of her life, her sense of humor never left.
She is survived by four daughters and one son and their spouses: Richard and Sharron Bentley, Sandy, Utah; Harold and Janet Paulsen, Ronald and Barbara Wright, Kathleen Haughey, all of Provo, Utah; and Daniel Garron Brian II of Minneapolis, Minn.; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Faulkner of Clovis, Calif., and Anna Owens of Glendale, Calif. Also, stepmother, Lois Watkins Poulter of Ogden, Utah; half-brothers, Clifford O. Watkins, Irvine Calif.; Mack Watkins, Kaysville, Utah; and half-sister, Lucile Kerr of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The family would like to thank everyone at the East Lake Care Center who loved our mother, who shared in her life for the last 10 months and gave to her service, friendship and love. She loved you all so much.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at 11 a.m. in the Provo North Stake Center Chapel, 1122 Grand Ave., Provo. Friends may call Tuesday, June 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center, Provo, and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.
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