Carol Aleen Ney Beesley, 97, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully the morning of Dec. 31, 2021. She was welcomed home to the arms of her Savior.
She was born July 14, 1924, to August Angus and Victoria Johana Sorensen Ney in Mt. Pleasant.
She graduated from Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant. After graduation, she worked at the parachute plant in Manti and later moved to Clearfield. She then began working at the Navy Base; it was at that time she met her eternal companion, Donald C. Beesley. They were married on Feb. 28, 1947, in Sunset.
Their marriage was solemnized July 23, 1983 in the Manti Temple. They made their first home in Roy, where they welcomed their two children, Lynn and Janet. In 1970, they moved their small family to Mt. Pleasant, and she began working at the sewing plant, where she later retired.
Carol and Don served on the Senior Board for many years and helped raise the funds to build the Senior Citizen Building in Mt. Pleasant. They worked to provide meals for local monthly senior socials. She was always cooking for them and enjoyed doing so.
She was also very active in the local Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. In 2018, she was recognized as the eldest woman for Pioneer Day at the age of 94, which brought her great satisfaction to surpass her goal of 93!
Her favorite things were gardening, cooking, reading, serving others, and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was known for sharing her homegrown vegetables, breads (zucchini and banana were her favorite), angel food cake, and ice cream. She had a tender love for animals, especially hummingbirds, cats, chickens, sheep, and her little dog named Sue. In her later years, her sense of humor was enjoyed by her family. The laughter she brought was contagious to everyone in the room.
As a righteous member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in the Primary and was a devoted visiting teacher. She always had her scriptures nearby and loved attending family home evening study group. She and Don enjoyed attending the temple often to do initiatory work.
Carol lived a full life in her 97 years and endured to the very end with her spunky personality. She beat breast cancer at 86. She loved spending time with her family and had a very special love for each one of them.
She is survived by her son, Lynn (Evva) Beesley, and daughter, Janet (James) Reese, both of Mt. Pleasant, Utah; sister, Shirley Millar; grandchildren, Troy (Melissa) Reese, Cory (Julie) Reese, Tod (Cathie) Beesley, Mindy (Brandon) Brothersen, Timothy (Lindsay) Beesley, and Tyler (Jorie) Beesley; 19 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; grandson, Barry James Reese; great-grandson, Brennon Reese; and great-granddaughter, Harlow Jane Beelsley; sisters, Cleo Ney and Victoria Seeman; and brother, Merril A. Ney.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant 5th Ward Chapel (49 S State) with a viewing from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery. Online condolences and Zoom link at rasmussenmortuary.com in her obituary.
A very sincere and grateful thanks to the Good Life Senior Living and Gunnison Hospice Care for the care and compassion that was given.