Beverly Bean Smart

Beverly Bean Smart

Beverly passed away on November 12, 2012 in Woodinville, Washington at the age of 89. She was born on May 10, 1923 in Salt Lake City to Monte L. Bean (M.L) and Birdie A. Bean. Monte was an executive at Skaggs Corporation (later Safeway) and Beverly's early years were marked by frequent moves. Eventually, the family settled in Portland where Beverly met her husband-to-be Thomas B. Smart. Shortly after Beverly's graduation from Brigham Young University in Speech/Drama, they were married in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple on September 1, 1945. After Tom's military service, the couple moved to Seattle for medical school and to be near Beverly's family which had also moved there. While in Seattle, her father founded the Pay n' Save Corporation, which became a major retail chain and for which Beverly was always a staunch and active behind-the-scenes supporter.

Beverly was a devoted mother and loved spending time with family and doting over her children. She was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served in the Church as well as participating in, and helping produce, theatrical productions for local Church units. Beverly also served in her children's local PTA organizations. She loved to travel and visited far-flung places such as China, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and numerous Mediterranean countries. She served on an advisory board for the Monte L. Bean Life Sciences Museum at BYU as well as setting up a scholarship fund at Brigham Young University.

Beverly had numerous health challenges throughout her life that included suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and a catastrophic car accident in November 1999, from which she never fully recovered. After her husband Tom passed away in 2009, Beverly's daughter, Marjean, took Beverly into her home and became her primary caregiver until her peaceful passing this week. Beverly is survived by her 5 children (Dotti, Marjean, Carol, Jhoane, and Gary), 29 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Her grace, charm and companionship will ever be missed. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, sister and one grandson.

A funeral service for Beverly will be held at the Cottage Lake Chapel of the LDS Church (18860 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA 98072) on Saturday, November 17 at 12:00 Noon. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Flowers may be sent to Evergreen-Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Provo, Utah.

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2012