|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1914|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 2004|
Alicebeth Whiteley Ashby died on November 26th, 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah at age 90. The third child of Joseph Earl Whiteley and Amanda Elizabeth Beck, Alicebeth was born July 10, 1914, in the rock house at her parents' homestead at the base of Middle Mountain, near the Warm Springs at Oakley, Cassia, Idaho. She was named for her grandmothers, Alice Mariah Adams Whiteley and Elizabeth Healey Beck.
During her childhood, five more children were added to the family. Alicebeth worked hard on the farm, milking cows night and morning and riding the derrick horse. She often said that she truly learned the value of work in her younger years--not only how to work, but how to enjoy it. The depression of the 1930s caused the family of eight children, with a ninth expected, to give up their town home in Oakley and move to a one-room frame home at their farm west of Oakley. At that time, Alicebeth joined her sister Helen in Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young High School. Alicebeth always loved music. She played the French horn in the Oakley High School Band and at Brigham Young University. She studied voice and sang the lead role in the operetta "Hansel and Gretel." She sang in choirs throughout her life, and it brought her much joy.
Alicebeth had four life goals: to graduate from college, to serve a mission, to sing in the Tabernacle Choir and to marry in the temple and have a family. With optimism, enthusiasm and hard work, she achieved everything she set her mind to do. Alicebeth graduated with honors from Brigham Young University, working at three jobs to pay for tuition, housing and voice lessons. She majored in secondary education and English at BYU and also studied at the University of Idaho at Moscow and the University of California at Berkeley. She taught school for ten years, at high schools in Iona, Oakley, and Burley, Idaho, and at the LDS Business College. She sang in the Tabernacle Choir and was a member of the General Board of the Mutual Improvement Association. She served in the Eastern States Mission for two summers and had fond memories of participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Returning often to her home and family in Oakley, Alicebeth was greeted with eager anticipation, as she related the latest events of her life, which were, according to Alicebeth, always extraordinary. In 1946 Alicebeth married distinguished scientist Robert Morrell Ashby (from American Fork, Utah) in the Salt Lake Temple. His work took them to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a physicist for the Radiation Laboratory at M.I.T. and then to Pasadena, California, where he was a vice-president at North American Rockwell.
In Pasadena, Alicebeth served as president of the stake Mutual Improvement Association for 11 years (under Stake President Howard W. Hunter) and as president of the ward and stake Relief Society. She valued the gifts and talents of those she served with, and they became her dearest friends. In 1988, she was honored with the Emeritus Club Recognition Award from B.Y.U.
Alicebeth was well-loved by family and friends. She was a magnet to many because of the warmth and beauty of her home (filled with beautiful antiques, artistically arranged) and because of how her guests were made to feel about themselves when in her company. Countless friends enjoyed breakfast in her sunny kitchen--always with china, crystal, silver, fresh-squeezed orange juice, homemade granola, and sparkling conversation. She was a real leader, with an extraordinary ability to put together a choir or program with style and excellence and have all the participants feel lucky to be involved. Many people came to her for advice and comfort, and she was a popular speaker at meetings and conferences. Her sisters always said that she was the one everyone wanted to be with, and wherever she was, it was a party.
At her departure here, Alicebeth has been reunited with her husband Robert, her parents, her brother and sister-in-law Dorothy Smith and Winslow Beck Whiteley, brother Osburn Earl Whiteley, and brother-in-law Loftis Jolley Sheffield. Surviving her and remembering her with awe and appreciation are sisters Helen Amanda Whiteley Taylor (George), Blanche Whiteley Sheffield, Mary Whiteley Salisbury (Joseph), and Joyce Whiteley Jacobsen (Owen); brothers John M Whiteley (Barbara), and Joseph Reed Whiteley (Jane).
She is survived by her children Marilyn Ashby McPhie (Craig), David Whiteley Ashby, and Janet Elizabeth Ashby Cramer (Joseph); ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The family appreciates the excellent care she received at the Courtyard at Jamestown, the Wentworth at Willow Creek and CareSource. Services will be held Saturday, December 4 at 12 noon at the Cottonwood 13th Ward, 1830 East 6400 South, Salt Lake City. Friends may call Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (106th South) and from 11-11:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be prior to the services, and will take place on Sat at 9:00 a.m. in the American Fork Cemetery, 10 West 600 North, American Fork.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 12/1/2004.
American Fork Cemetery
Created by: John Warnke (inactive)
Record added: Dec 12, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10071257