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Obituary: Beth Renee Easton Hamblin

Beth Renee Easton Hamblin died June 4, 1999 after living years longer than doctors expected.

She was born October 30, 1930 in Salt Lake City to Andrew and Isabel Easton.Renee learned about losing loved ones early in life with the death of her sister Carol. Renee missed her sister so much that her parents had her start school early to help her cope with Carol's death. An even harder lesson came with the death of her mother while she was a student at East High School. Renee went on to graduate from the University of Utah. After starting her family she began a long career of teaching. She touched the lives of students in Salt Lake, American Fork, and Lehi. She has been extremely close to her brother-protector, Donald Easton, and sister-best friend, Joan Child.

She was formerly married to Boyd Olson then to James P. Weiss. Later divorced, Renee was married to Robert Hamblin in the Salt Lake Temple in 1991. During this part of her life she was able, with Robert, to do many things she had always wanted to. She was able to serve a Stake Mission and travel to England, Scotland, Egypt, and Israel. She lived much of the last part of her life in the small town of Spring City where she met many wonderful people and made special friends.

Her husband, Robert, who loved her deeply, his five children, and 20 grandchildren will miss her greatly. Her children, Ron and Debra Olson, Tim Olson, Scot and Allison Olson, Susan and Anitelu Fisiitalia, Heidi and Mitchell Buck, and James and Kathryn Weiss Jr., and 21 grandchildren have lost a guiding and loving part of their lives.

Renee loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and fully lived the Gospel in how she treated and cared for her fellow man. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many church callings. She loved working as an LDS volunteer at the Utah State Prison with her husband, Robert, as one of her last assignments in this life.

At the very end of her life, days after anyone expected, her strong spirit came through as she opened her eyes and communicated with her family one more time. She put her own comfort and wishes aside, as she always did in her life, to spend a little more time with those she loved. She loved life and felt that the trials and pain were little to pay for being here. The poet, Robert Frost, know how she felt when he wrote:

"Look me in the stars

men of earth

and tell me

if all the soul and body scars

were too much to pay for birth."

Services will be on Monday, June 7 in the Holladay 26th Ward building, 4601 S. 2565 E., Holladay. The family prayer and viewing will be at 10:30 a.m. and a Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m.

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