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Belva Berrett Phipps
September 6, 1933 ~ February 6, 2018
Belva Berrett Phipps passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, February 6, 2018.
She was born September 6, 1933 in Ogden, Utah, the last of ten children born to Marlon Henry Berrett and Stella Pearl Barker of North Ogden.
She grew up in North Ogden, and graduated from Weber High School where she was active in many school activities and functions.
Belva worked at IRS, and later began her life-long career at Defense Depot Ogden where she retired as a computer specialist.
She married Kent Dee Fuller June 22, 1951. They made their home in Eden. They raised four children, Debra Dawn, Kerry Wayne, Shanna Lisa, and Jason Len. They later divorced.
Belva married Stephen K. Johnson in 1971; they later divorced.
On June 3, 1987, Belva and Richard Martin Phipps were married in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They spent almost 31 wonderful years together, making their home in North Ogden. They enjoyed time together bowling, golfing, traveling to Wendover, and trips and weekly activities with many dear and long-lasting friends whose company they enjoyed through the years, along with that of their good neighbors, who have always watched out for one another.
Belva also enjoyed spending time caring for her yard; she loved flowers and had a “green thumb.” She also enjoyed trips to Wendover where, more often than not, she “beat the odds,” usually returning home with much more than she'd spent. She also loved shopping for “a deal,” especially at the “D and I”; decorating, and restoring furniture. She will be remembered as a beautiful, elegant, but strong, woman who carried a sparkle in her eye. She had a fun, vivacious personality and was a “goer” and “doer,” the residual effect of relentless stores of energy. By example, she taught her children the value of hard work and being a responsible steward of those things you are blessed with—a legacy of her pioneer heritage.
Belva is survived by her sweet husband, Richard; sons, Kerry and Jason (Christine) Fuller, both of Eden; and daughters Debra (Jon) Bingham and Shanna (Larry) Francis, also of Eden. She is also survived by one brother, Val (Julie) Berrett; stepson Martin “Marty” (Karla) Phipps of North Ogden; stepdaughters, Kerry (Scott) Giles of Farr West, and Diane (Dennis) Marietti of North Ogden. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, and 11 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Belva was preceded in death by her parents, and eight of her nine siblings, Onal (Marian) Berrett, Boyd (Viola) Berrett, Lila (Everett) Wayment, Wilbur (Doris) Berrett, Pearl (Keith) Blanch, Roland Berrett, Theo (Dale) Chatelain, and Larae (William Dee) Cook.
The family conveys their appreciation to the Encompass Hospice team and the Phipps family for their compassionate and loving care of Belva as her health failed.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 North Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the North Ogden Historical Museum, 545 E. 2750 N., North Ogden, UT 84414.