Our loving mother and grandmother of five generations, Vivian Amelia Beckstead passed away January 1, 2021 at the age of 98. She was born August 24, 1922 in Sandy, Utah to Olaf and Elvera Christopherson Nelson.
She was married to Adelbert Howard Beckstead on February 9th, 1938. Adelbert passed away April 21, 1970.
Vivian was survived by her children, Donna Roberts, Howard (Sue) Beckstead, and Ann (Johnny) Manzanares, 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 30 great great grandchildren and 10 great great great grandchildren, son in-law Bob Anderson and many extended family members and friends.
Vivian was greeted in heaven by her parents, husband, and children Jimmy, Helen, Mary Beth and Jean, and grandsons Tom Anderson, Lynn Rowsell, and Kelly Manzanares.
Vivian enjoyed visiting with family and friends, reading, baking, playing cards, drinking coffee, and watching the Utah Jazz. Vivian was a homemaker, she always made sure everyone had a full belly before they left her home. She loved to sing “When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there, I hope!”. She went to church every Sunday and was a member of our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Magna, Utah.
Vivian was a beautiful woman, gracious to all she met and was devoted to her family. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed by everyone who was blessed to have known her. She made an impact whenever she entered a room, she greeted everyone with a cheerful “Howdy!”. Her famous line was “You can’t keep a good man down, or a woman either if she’s got the spirit”.
The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took care of our mother. We especially appreciate the kind and compassionate care our mother received from the staff at Rocky Mountain Care Center in Tooele. We would also like to extend a special Thank you to Sammie and all the nurses and aides who loved our mom and took care of her.