Annette Childs Beesley
July 26, 1941~ October 12, 2022
OGDEN—Our family reverently rejoices over Annette’s heavenly reunion with her previously departed loved ones. Annette Childs Beesley, 81, Beloved Wife, Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother passed away October 12, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones, as her fight with bone cancer finally came to a close. Through the grace of God, she was finally allowed to shed her mortal constraints, and is now anxiously engaged in doing His work of salvation on the other side of the veil. We’re sure she’ll get right to it, once she reports to her family and friends that arrived before her, especially her parents and Don’s parents, her sister in-law, Janice, and her grandson J.D.
Annette was born July 26, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Courtney Lamont Childs and Alta Geneva Jones. She was raised in Heber City, Utah and had many fond memories of that beautiful area. She especially remembered the winters where the snow would be up to the top of the fences. At the age of 12, her family moved to Bountiful, Utah. She graduated from Bountiful High School in 1959. She met her eternal companion, Don Beesley, in November 1959. She was a student at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
Annette and Don were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 1, 1961 by Elder Harold B. Lee. They are the proud parents of seven children, Caron, Sharolyn, Julie, Brenda, Lisa, Duane, and Suzanne.
Annette lived an incredibly full life. She would start her day creating a checklist of things to do, then work towards them. She was always willing to put her own priorities on hold if someone needed to be heard. Creating new things was a constant driving force in her! She loved sewing, cooking, crafting, gardening, and serving others. She loved her husband! They were rarely seen apart. And though she would have been perfectly content to stay at home and sit in her fairy garden or work on her hundreds of craft and sewing projects, she would follow Don anywhere and everywhere. They labored together on numerous missions, traveled to many foreign lands, and she even let herself be taken on a few cruises!
Annette was ingenious and resourceful to the extreme! Elastic bands on the doorknobs, saving twist ties from bread bags, the proper way to iron a dress shirt, how to remove assorted stains from varied materials. She didn’t need Google to tell her what to do with the leftovers in her fridge. She taught us the power of service to others, even on our worst days. And the proper time of year to plant peas, carrots, corn, and tomatoes. The importance of sunscreen. How essential a decent bag of GORP is for any lengthy road trip! The power of patience in the face of hostility! Forgiving others of their faults and trespasses. How to treat others. The Golden Rule wasn’t just a mantra, it was the way she lived.
Annette testified of the power of music, and used music to testify. Her voice cleared four octaves, and she was always numbered as a contributing member in her ward choir, and wrote many ward choir programs, especially for Christmas. She helped all of her children find their voices, musically and otherwise!
Annette loved her Savior dearly and willingly served wherever she was asked. She served as Young Women’s President, in the Relief Society Presidency, and as Ward and Stake Music Coordinator.
She and her husband served as ordinance workers at the Ogden Temple from 1999 until 2022. They both LOVED serving in the temple.
Annette was the embodiment of unconditional love, and her love was an action. We thank her for the knowledge she has given us and know that she will continue to inspire us to always do our best. We look forward to the day when we will rejoice with her again.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Washington Terrace 13th Ward, 125 East 5350 South. 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 church.
Our family expresses gratitude to Valeo Home Health and Hospice, especially Aaron and Halie!
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Annette’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.