Beth Spalding Backman, age 70 of Provo, died April 19, 1991 after a lingering illness at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Born February 23, 1921 in Provo, to Thomas and Edith Spalding. Married Angus A. Backman, January 2, 1947 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended Provo and Orem City schools, graduated from Orem High School in 1939. Attended BYU before entering the military service during World War II, where she served as a medical laboratory technician in the Womens Auxiliary Corps. After returning from the military, she worked at the Provo Telephone Office until her marriage. An enthusiastic golfer, she served a term as President of the Riverside Country Club Womens Golf Organization. She was a member of the Riverside "A" Team for many years, and was club champion twice. She was a member of DEKATOS Literary Club. She enjoyed decorative arts, and created many beautiful figurines and watercolor paintings. Her remarkable strength and will to continue her activities, despite debilitating, painful illness, was admired by her many friends. Member of St. Marks Lutheran Church, she had been a teacher in the Sunday School and had been active in the Mary Martha Guild.Survived by husband, of Provo; two sons, one daughter, Alan E. Backman, Provo; Wayne A. Backman, South Bend, Indiana; Mrs. George (Judy) Argyle, Provo; mother, Edith Powell, Provo; two brothers, Thomas Spalding, Orem; Fred Spalding, Vernal; sister, Donna Calxton, Oklahoma; six grandchildren.

Funeral services, Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m. at the St. Marks Lutheran Church, 464 West 3700 North, Provo. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center, Provo, and one hour before services at the church. Burial, Provo City Cemetery.

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