Gillies Funeral Chapel


Barbara Smith Beck

April 1, 1929 ~ November 27, 2015

Graveside services: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Brigham City Cemetery


Brigham City- My mother, Barbara Smith Beck, 86, passed away peacefully at her home in Brigham City, Utah, of incidents related to age, Friday, November 27, 2015. Mom was the third child born to David S. Smith and Mary A. Deck. She was born April 1, 1929, in Crestline, Ohio. During her high school years she worked at the Roxy Restaurant, Freddie’s Restaurant, and the Crestline Hospital. In the summer months, she worked at Lakeside Resort on Lake Erie. While attending her senior year of high school she met my dad, William “Bill” Beck. She graduated from Crestline High School in Ohio, in May of 1947. That summer mom and dad summered at Lakeside Resort and fell in love and married on November 9, 1947 at the Crestline Methodist Church. In December of 1948, I, Joyce D. Beck, was born. In 1951, my parents went to work for the United States Government at the Shelby Depot, in Shelby Ohio. When the Depot closed they transferred to Mobile, Alabama, where they worked for Brookley Airforce Base. We had a waterfront home and enjoyed all types of water recreation. When the Airforce Base closed dad moved our family to Brigham City, Utah where he was employed at Thiokol. Later, they both worked for Hill Airforce Base (HAFB). Mom retired from HAFB on June 30, 1984. Before my parents retired they bought a cabin on the Palisades Reservoir, Alpine, Wyoming. After retiring they spent all of their summers at the cabin, where they enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, boating, gold panning, rock hounding and entertaining friends and relatives. My mom played a significant role in all of my moves over the last 30 years. She enjoyed traveling to new cities and experiencing all the many different cities in the United States. She felt that it was “a personal vacation” not a chore. She liked to call herself my “personal secretary,” because she enjoyed helping me get settled in my new location. Both my parents loved to travel and have visited more than 42 states including Hawaii, Canada, and Europe. What a perfect ending to their life together as they died and were buried on the same date, eight years apart. I will forever have a hole in my heart until we are together again. My mom is survived by me, Joyce Beck Bennett of Brigham City, UT; Grandson Brian Lee Bennett (Rhonda) of Ogden UT; Great Grandson Brock William Bennett (Alexis Hartman) of Ogden UT; Sister Norma McKown of Portland OR; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, David and Mary Smith; husband William A. Beck; granddaughter Wendy Melissa Bennett; and her brother LaVerne G. Smith. Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Brigham City Cemetery, 300 East 300 South, Street B. Flowers and donations are not necessary, but if you choose you may donate to a charity of your choice.

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You don't probably know me, but I met your mom a couple years ago at my workplace (Smith's). She & I became friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations about the out of doors, camping, fishing, your cabin in Alpine (which included all the amazing renovations you two did to it), and most of all her beautiful and loving daughter - "Joyce". She truly cherished you and the amzing adventures the two of you have enjoyed. When she would come into the store & I was there, we would have a hard time ending our conversation. She truly was a genuine gem. I am deeply sorry for your lose. She truly has touched my life for the good!!!

Becky Sutton


Oh Joyce, I'm so sorry about your mom. She was such a fun and amazing lady. I'm so glad I got to meet you both in Alpine. I wish you so much comfort and peace

Apryl Hunsaker


Joyce, Sorry to hear about your Mom passing. Would love to be at the service but we are living in St. George so we won't be able to make it there. Contact me if you get the chance.

Frank and Aleen Nighswonger


Dear Joyce, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. Barb was like an aunt to us, growing up in Brigham City. I remember your dad dressing up as Santa Claus and coming to our house when we were young. Your parents played an important part in our childhood. We will always hold them high in our hearts. They were special . We have been living in Lake Tahoe for the past 34 years. I hope this finds you well. Our thoughts and prayer's are with you. God Bless.

Terry Hunt- Costacos


Joyce, I just learned of your mother's passing. I am so sorry. I hope you get this. I would love to talk with you and catch up.

Pat Phillimore Morton Ryan





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