Ramona Beth Staker Davis Swedberg|
1919 ~ 2013
Ramona Beth Staker Davis Swedberg, 93, died at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013, after suffering a stroke. Beth was a strong woman, in every sense, and will be missed. It is the dash between the years that counts. This is but a brief summary of that dash.
Beth was born at home on Aug. 29, 1919 in Lawrence, Utah; one of 11 children of Lawrence Raymond Staker and Eliza Amy Howard. Beth's mother was ill, so Beth began her life living with her grandmother. She spent most of her youth bouncing between families in the Huntington, Utah area. By the time she was to graduate from Huntington High in 1937, she was itching to leave. She rode a bus to San Francisco, California to live with her sister instead of claiming her diploma.
It was in San Francisco where she completed high school, learned secretarial skills and met Earl Remington Davis. The two of them married in February of 1941, moved to Los Angeles and had their first son, John David Davis. Earl rejoined the Army during World War II. Beth moved to Salt Lake City during the war and had a second son, Robert Earl. After the war in 1946, the family moved to Washington, Iowa where Earl farmed. During her 25 years there, Beth worked, gave birth to Mary Sue and James Walter and eventually divorced Earl.
For most of her life she worked as a mother and as a secretary in various business offices. She excelled at homemaking-an excellent cook and seamstress; she also crocheted, knitted and quilted beautifully.
While working for an insurance office in Iowa, she met Glen Swedberg, an insurance adjuster. He got up the courage to ask her out and they were later married in 1972. Together they lived in Illinois, Washington, Idaho and ended up back in Lawrence, Utah.
It was in Lawrence that Beth made the desert bloom. Her green thumb and hard work turned her clay-soil front yard into an enviable vegetable garden. A child of the Depression, she preferred vegetables to flowers. She grew what she could eat and then shared her surplus. She always had zucchini, green beans, berries, or tomatoes for visitors.
Glen and Beth divorced in 1982 for one year, but soon remarried.
To be closer to family, they moved to Providence, Utah in 1998. There they started a new garden. Glen joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the couple was sealed in the Logan, Utah temple in 2000. Beth was 81. She remained a faithful member of the LDS Church.
After Glen passed away in 2010, Beth stayed in Providence for a bit; but then moved to Salt Lake City to be nearer to John, Bob, and Mary Sue.
She is preceded in death by Glen and all of her siblings.
Beth is survived by her four children: John David Davis, Robert Earl Davis, Mary Sue (Steve) Lane, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Dr. James Walter (Cathy) Davis of Millville, Utah; nine grandchildren: Laurie Lewis, Tiffany Reimann, Stephanie (Steve) Kearns, Sarah (Robb) Farr, Jennifer (Ryan) Stolworthy, Melisa (Mike) Wilson, Amy (Curtis) Nixon, B.J. (Kelli) Davis and Tom (Ingrid) Davis; and many great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary in Sandy. The funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Cottonwood Heights 4th Ward building, 2522 E. 6710 South in Sandy, with a viewing at 10 a.m. that morning. The interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. The family would like to extend their thanks to the residents and staff of The Coventry. Online condolences www.larkincares.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2013