June 5, 1925 - February 4, 2014
Beverly Burns Love, 88, passed away on the evening of February 4th, 2014, following a stroke she suffered days earlier. It was a swift ending to a wonderful life, just as she wanted.
Bev was born on June 5th, 1925, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert Arnold and Blanche Boyer Burns on what must have been a wet June day. She always said it rained on her birthday.
Like many people of her time, Bev grew up in the shadows of the Great Depression, which had a tremendous impact on her childhood and stayed with her throughout her life. She attended Uintah Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and East High Schools. At 17, Beverly enrolled at the University of Utah. She particularly loved her college years, as she met many of her lifelong friends at the Pi Phi House. She often described the campus as quiet, and felt it was a little odd to attend college when all the men were away at war. Bev was a very talented skier during these years, and in 1946, graduated with a B.A. degree in Sociology.
After graduation, Bev and three close friends moved to New York City to share an adventure uncommon for young women in that era. She returned home to visit her parents, she fell in love with Robert "Bob" Love, whom she had known at East High, and had just returned from military service and college. They married September 1, 1950 at the Cathedral St. Mark and quickly moved to New York to start their lives in what she swore was the smallest apartment on the Upper East Side. Bev worked for the telephone company as Bob was starting an advertising career at Vogue Magazine. Two years later, they returned to Salt Lake City to start a family. But for the rest of their lives, New York City remained a magical place, and signified their perpetual romance.
Later in life, she and Bob travelled the world with some of their closest friends. These times created some of the happiest memories of her life - experiencing much of Europe, Greece, Ireland, Alaska, the U.S., and China. They were some of the first tourists to China in the late '80's just as the country was opening its guarded borders to tourists for the first time. Bev loved to shop for Christmas ornaments everywhere they went and bring them home to the family.
Bev loved playing tennis and tolerated golf. She often said some of her happiest times were spent with Bob and many friends at the Salt Lake Tennis Club. She was also very active with her bridge groups who met regularly at the Town Club, as recently as last month, when she was the big $2 winner.
Bev valued her privacy, but kept a keen eye on current events and was never shy to offer a strong opinion. She was dignified and traditional, but enjoyed nothing more than watching University of Utah sports and eating a hot dog.
Most of all, Bev cherished her family. She taught her children the importance of honesty, compassion, integrity, hard work and manners. She shared with them her love of western places and history, and her favorite author, Wallace Stegner. Family vacations to Sun Valley with BBQs, bike rides, golf and silly string fights were her favorite. It was a rich life, well lived.
Bev is preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and sister, Helen. She is survived by her three sons - Perrin (Jill), Rich (Shelley) and Tom (Jamie) - and eight grandchildren Adam, Abbey, Ryan, Alex, Emily, Bobby, Elizabeth and Catherine, all of whom brought her great joy.
In accordance with Bev's wishes, a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. A small gathering for Bev's friends and family will be held at the Alta Club, Thursday, February 13th, 4:00-5:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to the YWCA.