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Music teacher Beverly Pond dies

Beverly Clara Jensen Pond, who taught piano for more than seven decades and was for 15 years a member of the Relief Society General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, March 28, 2003.

She began teaching piano at age 10 and continued for the next 71 years, instructing hundreds. Family members say she saw as many as 80 students a week. She was a charter member and officer of the Utah Music Teachers Association.

A West Jordan resident at the time of her death, she had recently turned 82.

Besides her Relief Society service, she filled other church callings, including accompanist and chorister for church auxiliaries. She went on special assignments in the South Pacific, Europe and throughout the United States.

In 1978, she wrote in a Deseret News article that she once considered going to the East to study music, but a teacher advised her to stay if she wished to rear a family. "I took her advice, and ever since I have been teaching piano students privately in my home," Mrs. Pond added.

"Through all this fulfillment I've had with my music, I have always been home when my children were there."

She married Farrell Smith Pond in the Salt Lake Temple Aug. 14, 1941. He died Feb. 20, 1980. They had five children, 36 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

The viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Bennion Utah East LDS Stake Center, 5980 S. 1300 West. The funeral will be noon Tuesday at the stake center. Burial will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.