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Obituary: CARTER, BEVERLEE

Beverlee Andersen Carter1928 ~ 2013In the early morning of June 19, as the angels sang, our wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend reached out and took the hand of God and entered a new and beautiful place free of pain, disease and confusion. We have no doubt she was greeted warmly by her beloved parents, her sister, in-laws, relatives and many friends -- not to mention a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, hamsters, mice, frogs, snakes and a parakeet. She begins a journey with those that she loves; to care for them as was her trademark. We know she has cleaned up and organized her slice of Heaven, baked some cookies and brownies and put out bowls of Kisses and Tootsie Rolls for anyone who may stop by. And those singing angels -- well, they are now laughing hysterically at her stories, wit and humor.Beverlee Andersen Carter was born on October 24, 1928 to Franklin Peter and May Cooley Andersen. Raised in Salt Lake City, she graduated from East High School and worked at a variety of positions at banks, finance companies and the State Capitol, where she met and married Allen Lynn Carter on June 12, 1951, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She became actively engaged in her children's lives and activities from Romper Room through the Universities and served as a Sunday School and Primary teacher, Cub Scout den mother and even president of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity Mother's Club. Once her kids were grown, she refocused on her grandkids and became an active and supportive grandmother caring for them regularly and following all that they did. And she delighted in the new generation of great-grandchildren. Her eyes would sparkle and her enthusiasm would soar whenever one of them would walk in the room. In addition, she volunteered her time to help children in need from many walks of life. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life; "the wind beneath her wings." Always the energy at every gathering, the life of the party and the organizer of family events, she particularly made every Christmas and birthday a truly special time. A longtime member of the Holladay 7th, Mt. Olympus 2nd and Olympus Cove wards of the LDS Church.Beverlee is survived by her husband of 62 years; sons Richard A. "Rick" of Arlington, VA and Bradley A. (Rose) of Draper; daughter Tracie Lynn Cushman (Kevin Gronau) of West Point; six grandchildren: Rebecca, Matthew, Valerie, Angel, Preston and Peyton and ten great-grandchildren; her brother Richard K. "Dick" (Jerre) Andersen of Henderson, NV and many brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jean Graf. Nothing was more important to our wife and mother than her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. So if you see a child in need, please reach out and offer your support in honor of our mom. The family would like to express its gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Salt Lake Clinic, Intermountain Medical Center, Silverado Senior Center and Hospice and Right-at-Home care service.Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 25 at 12:00 pm at the Olympus Cove Ward Chapel, 3862 Oakview Drive (4275 South). Friends may call prior to the service from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Friends may also attend a visitation at the Olympus Cove Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, June 24. Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Utah Youth Village, 5800 Highland Drive, SLC or any chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.