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Beverly Keeley Schmutz Reed

05/18/1931 - 01/06/2019

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Daughter of Jessie and Alfred Keeley, passed away peacefully on January 6th.

Bev was born May 18, 1931 in Salt Lake City and spent most of her life living in the Avenues.

She attended Ensign Elementary, Lowell Middle School, Bryant Junior High, East High School and the University of Utah, where she graduated in Education and earned a teaching certificate in 1952.

Bev taught P.E. at Roosevelt Junior High even before she graduated college due to a teacher being out with an illness. Some of the students thought she was just another student and not the teacher. Later she taught P.E. at the California School for the Deaf. Her parents were deaf and it was a natural fit. She continued her career teaching Kindergarten at Woods Cross Elementary from 1965 to 1993.

While in California she met Charles (Chuck) A. Schmutz. They dated and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 14, 1957. They returned to California and soon after left for Europe with the Air Force and were stationed in France.

In 1959 their first son, David, was born in Bitburg, Germany. After their time in Europe, Bev & Chuck returned to the States and lived in Falls Church, Virginia while Chuck worked in Washington D.C. Their second son, Paul, was born in 1960.

A car accident in February 1962 took the life of Chuck.  Bev and her boys moved to Salt Lake City where they lived with her parents.

Later in 1975, she married Charles (Chick) Reed.  They enjoyed being together and moved back to the family home on 10th Avenue in 1990, where they became wonderful grandparents until Chick passed away in 2013.

Bev was loved by all. She had many friends and loved to be with them. They would get together often. She loved her family and kept them close, always supporting her boys – keeping score at Little League games, helping with paper routes, checking on homework, teaching her boys to ski at Alta, and taking family vacations to Balboa Beach and New Harmony, Utah where her first husband was from. She stayed active all her life; played on the ward volleyball team into her 80’s (they named their team the Bevinators) and played tennis until she was 84. She loved to say, I bet I can beat you at…. and then the competition was on. She claimed to be the world’s champion at double solitaire.

She had the capacity to include everyone. She always bought things in multiples, so she could share with others. You never left her house without being offered something. She cooked great meals and loved having family together.

Bev was a convert to the church at age 21 and loved to serve in the many callings she had in the Primary, MIA, and Relief Society.

She is survived by her two sons, David (Debbie) and Paul (Nicole), along with 5 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands (Chuck and Chick), two sisters and one brother. Surely there has been a great reunion in heaven now that she can be back with her husbands, parents, and siblings – Art, Helen and Jolene.

A Viewing for friends and family will be held Friday, Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary (260 E. South Temple).

Funeral to be at 12 noon on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Emigration 4th Ward (589 E. 18th Ave) with viewing prior from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery following the funeral service.

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  • I knew Bev for over 60 years. She was an amazing, friendly and warm lady with a great heart. She was a wonderful neighbor, the best. I am so happy to have shared some time with her and have so many great memories of her. Of course, after Chick passed away Bev had a difficult time with her memory and mood and when she arrived at Silverado, she seemed to find a measure of peace and happiness again. It was so good to see her feeling calmer and relaxed again in spite of her condition. Paul and David, you and your families took great care of her. My condolences to all her wonderful extended family. Love to you all, Betty

    — Betty Anderson
  • Paul and David,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Beverly was a wonderful, wonderful woman and will always hold a special place in my heart. She was such a part of the fabric of my childhood in Utah. I smiled at the idea of her reunion in heaven with those who parted before her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. xoxo

    — Dora Murphy (Baldwin)
  • I am so sorry to hear of “Miss Keeley’s” passing. She was one of my favorite teachers and even babysat for my little sister, Janet, and me. She will truly be missed. Nancy Parry, M.D.

    — Nancy Parry, M.D.

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