Elizabeth (Beth) Jane Smith, 62, of St. George, Utah died on Monday, July 2, 2012, at Dixie Regional Memorial Center in St. George.
Beth was born March 16, 1950 in Sunnyside to Emma Pauline and William J. Smith. She attended school in Granger, and attended the LDS Church in Sunnyside.
After graduating from high school she attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in sociology.
She started her career working for Prudential Life Insurance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her career in the life insurance industry took her to New York City, San Francisco, Boston and finally to Syracuse, New York, where she lived and worked for 15 years.
She retired from AXA Insurance Company in 2007 and moved to St. George in 2011.
Beth was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She lived a life of service and dedication to the church and served in many roles of responsibility. She served as Stake Relief Society president of the Syracuse Stake and as Ward Relief Society president in various wards.
Beth was always willing to help those in need and serve, wherever she could. Because of this serving attitude, she made countless friends, many whom she remained friends with for decades after her contact with them.
Beth began her struggle with cancer in the early 1990s. Eventually she lost the ability to eat through her mouth, but this didn't damper her love for cooking. She was known for her elaborate meals for the LDS missionaries, friends and others who were in need of a good meal. She also provided countless holiday meals for friends and family. One of her greatest joys was watching people enjoy the food she so lovingly prepared.
Beth was a favorite aunt to 17 nieces and nephews. Her family was her most important priority. She always remembered birthdays and tried her best to be present for important events such as weddings and baptisms.
Her family adored her and in turn, they knew they held a
special place in her heart.
Beth is survived by her sisters, Jeanine Pace of Salt Lake City and Reva (Sheldon) Nitchman of Rifle, Colo.; her brother, William (Janet) Smith of Prosser; 17 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, William J. Smith; her mother, Emma Pauline Easley Smith; sister,: Martha Emily Burke; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Beth's name
to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcmillanmortuary.com
McMillan Mortuary in Salt City, Utah is in charge of arrangements.