Oreta Rich Berghout passed away April 18, 2001 at her home for 46 years from comp-lications caused by a damaged heart after lead-ing a near normal life for fifteen years.
Born April 10 to E. John and Hortense Keetch Rich at St. Charles, Idaho. She grew up on a family farm in St. Charles situated on the shores of Bear Lake. She enjoyed the association of many cousins and friends and participated in the shared farm tasks that came with the changing season.
Oreta loved nature and the outdoors and growing house plants. Oreta graduated from Fielding High School and earned a B. S. degree (Phi Kappa Phi) at Utah State, later earning a library certificate at U of U. She taught school in Idaho and Logan, Utah and was librarian at Midvalley School in Midvale for thirteen years.
Married to Richard Berghout in the Idaho Falls Temple Sept. 10, 1946. They are the parents of four daughters: Dr. Ann Austin (Dennis) Hyrum, Janice, Midvale, and Linnea Jones and Joyce Lloyd (Rodney) both of Riverton. Preceded in death by her parents and sister Ione Dalley.
Survivors are husband of 55 years, daughters, and 12 grandchildren.
With her family she motored widely in the U.S. and Canada and took a camping tour of continental Europe. She also, with her husband, visited the British Isles, and Norwegian Countries and Russia and took several ocean cruises.
Oreta and husband enjoyed dancing and belonged to several ballroom and square dance clubs, and enjoyed concerts and the theater. Active in the LDS Church, she filled many different assignments, but her greatest love was teaching Primary children and observing their lives as they matured. She served as Utah Teachers Association Secretary and Vice President of the Utah School for the Deaf PTA.
Funeral services will be held at the Midvale 6th Ward, 8171 So. Jackson St. (250 West) on Saturday, April 21st at 11 a.m., where friends may call one hour before the services, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. A viewing will be held at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 20th. Interment, Midvale City Cemetery.