Leona Ward Beerup Hendricks passed away May 20, 1998 in Salt Lake City with family and devoted care givers at her side. She was 91.
Leona was born March 13, 1907 in Willard, Utah, the eldest daughter of John A. and Marion Dalton Ward. She was a member of the LDS church and began her church service as a very young girl, playing the piano and organ. Music was her solace and inspiration throughout her life. She sang a solo part in her high school operetta. She was trained as a beautician in the 20's. She married Lawrence Beerup in 1927, they later divorced. She was married to A.R. (Deb) Hendricks for nearly 40 years. Leona worked hard in her home and garden and also worked outside the home most of her life. She was employed at the Paris Co., boy's department for over 30 years. During World War II she was a welder for Solar Aircraft in Des Moines, Iowa.She is survived by her daughter, Carol Taylor (Mel); six grandchildren, Teri (Steve) Jerman, Melissa Longton, Wendy Bradbury, Becky (Randy) Lund, Jill (Tracy) Pitkin, and Amber (Tom) Thompson. Leona has 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Roberta Tingey. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her little son, Lawrence Deon Beerup, who died at age seven; her brothers, Wallace Ward, James Ward, and Eliot Ward. She was loved by those who are left behind and by many who will greet her there. She displayed a wonderful example of devotion, honesty, integrity, determination and hard work. Her family has benefited by the virtues she taught by her example. She was descended from a number of faithful pioneers. She has received remarkably tender and loving care the past years from the staff at Millcreek Health Center. They have helped make her last years pleasant and fun. As a family we are so very grateful for their Christ-like service.
Friends may call on the family at a viewing Friday evening, May 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Memorial Estates Mortuary, 5850 So. 900 E. Graveside service is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 23 at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, 3401 Highland Dr. Arrangements under the direction of Spanish Valley Mortuary.
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