Obituary: CANNON (HARRIS), BETH

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 9:34 p.m. MDT

Beth Christensen Cannon (Harris) 1914 ~ 2010

Beth Christensen Cannon (Harris) passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and many grand and great-grandchildren on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 due to causes incident to age. Born March 7, 1914 in Heber, Utah to James LaVar and Leora Tye Christensen, Beth was the first of seven children. The family moved to Holladay, where Beth graduated from Granite High School and then the University of Utah with a B.S. in Education, thus fulfilling a lifetime dream to become a teacher like her father in the public school system. She then met Edwin B. ("Ted") Cannon and gave up her teaching position, (a requirement of the times), to marry him in the Salt Lake Temple in 1938. They had four children before Ted passed away in 1963, at which time she resumed her career, teaching English, Speech and Drama for 16 years at Hillside Junior High. Beth was not only a gifted teacher, she lived a full and productive life as a U of U class officer, life-long member and officer of Alpha Beta Theta Honor Society, the Babcock Performing Readers, the Pioneer Theater Guild, Daughters of Utah Pioneers and others. She was a season ticket holder for over 60 years at Pioneer Memorial Theater and Kingsbury Hall and the Cedar City Shakespearean Festival from its founding until her death. In 1975, she married Martin Harris and retired from teaching, but not from education. She volunteered in the schools as a tutor and also toured Utah schools as a puppeteer with "The Kids on the Block," a program to foster understanding of special needs children. Martin passed away in 1985. A faithful member of the LDS church, Beth served in many positions including Stake Relief Society President, missionary to the Liberty Stake, leader and teacher in every auxiliary of the church. Most importantly, she taught her family to love many things: our Savior and Heavenly Father, intelligent conversations, the family cabin on the Weber, the Nutcracker and other ballets and operas, Shakespeare, Christmas Eve programs altogether in her crowded living room, and most of all - unconditional love for each other. Hers was a noble life---one we strive to emulate. Beth is survived by her children: Carol McFarland (Gary), Jim Cannon (Connie), Drew Cannon ( Pam), Jayne Steenblik (Glen); a brother, Andrew Christensen (Mary), 23 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at noon, Friday, December 31, 2010, at the Monument Park 16th Ward, 1320 South Wasatch Drive. Friends may call Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, or Fri. from 10:30 to 11:45 at the Ward building. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences larkinmortuary.com