Beth Christensen Wilson, 88, passed away July 16, 2017 in Gunnison. She was born to loving parents, Leo and Louise Jensen Christensen on May 5, 1929 in Centerfield, Utah, where she spent a happy childhood. Growing up on a farm, she learned the value of hard work that served her well through her life.
Beth married Hyrum Lorenzo Wilson on Nov. 5, 1948 in Centerfield and together they had two children: Jackie and Charles.
Beth’s interest and abilities centered around horses and she continued running barrels up to the age of 85. Beth had a special affinity with horses and for many years she shared that with the 4-H youth of the valley. This love of horses spilled over into her family and they spent most summer vacations camping and riding in the mountains. When given the choice between the mountains and Disneyland, they happily choose the mountains. When not in the mountains, Beth could be found riding her horses in the hills east of Gunnison.
Beth loved her family, especially her grandchildren. If at all possible, she was there cheering them on in a rodeo event, a ball game or a demolition derby. She was one of their greatest supporters.
Beth loved to “bum” and was willing to go on any adventure, anywhere. The past several years Beth could be seen chauffeuring the “ladies” around town. They had great fun together. They were good companions for one another and checked on each other daily. She was very thankful for their friendship.
Beth served faithfully as a visiting teacher and on the Compassionate Service Committee. She loved the ladies that she visited and enjoyed their friendships.
Beth is survived by her children: Jackie (Cliff) Keller, Fairview; Charles Hyrum (Debra) Wilson, Gunnison; grandchildren: Bill Lee (Autumn) Keller, Wendy (Tom) Lewis, Roudy (Brandie) Wilson, Jace (Krystal) Wilson; great-grandchildren: Kelsie, Kash, Trent, Megan, Shad, Kale, Presley, Ridge, and DeVille; a great-great-granddaughter, Ryah; sister, Joy Merriam, Manti; and sister-in-law, Chiyo Christensen, Axtell.
Preceded in death by her husband, parents; brothers: Keith and Larry; sisters: Leona, Winona, Shirley, and Elaine.
Graveside services and interment will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at noon in the Gunnison Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gunnison Stake Center prior to the services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.