Beth Olsen Dunham

1931 ~ 2023

Beth Olsen Dunham, Born July 4, 1931, to Robert Joseph Olsen and Caroline Rigtrup Olsen, died September 25, 2023. Graduated Lincoln High School and one year at Stevens-Henager Business College. Employed at the KNAK Radio Station until her marriage to Theo Dunham. They were married March 20, 1953, in the Salt Lake Temple. Their family consists of seven children; Morris (Annette), Christine (David) Dedrickson, Judith (Jim) Morgan, Cynthia (Gordon) Evans, Samuel (Elizabeth), Robert (Dawn), and Steven (Sarah); 23 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren.

At 15 Beth served as a Sunday School Teacher, at 18 as a counselor in the YWMIA. After her marriage she served in numerous Leadership positions in the Primary and Relief Society on both Ward and Stake levels; served in the Utah State Veterans Nursing Home Branch Presidency for 4 ½ years and was called as a Church Service Missionary in 2001, where she and her husband served for 17 ½ years.

Beth was family oriented and devoted her life to her family and her Church. An excellent cook, she was always gathering the family together for family dinners. Birthdays and holidays were just an opportunity to have a dinner. It was unusual to not have cookies in the house. She was also an expert seamstress and made the children’s clothing well into their teens. She organized the family camping trips but she enjoyed the cabin at Mount Air much more than she ever enjoyed camping.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 12:00 noon, at the Wasatch 4th Ward, 2215 Roosevelt Avenue, where viewings will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday evening, and from 10:30 to 11:45 A.M. Thursday morning prior to the funeral. Services will be streamed live via Zoom, and can be accessed by clicking the "Watch Services" link at the top of this page.


Always felt tremendous love and caring from an elect Lady. Always.
Never had a visit without smiles and laughter.
The cookies and milk didn't hurt either.
The legacy continues.
With great love and appreciation.
Mark and Mel

- Mark and Melanie Jorgensen

Dear Dunham Family,

My condolences on the loss of Beth.

A wonderful lady!!

Best wishes,


- Mike Henderson

Dear family,
I enjoyed hearing all the wonderful memories that you shared of your mother.
She always lit up a room when she entered.
You could count on her to be the life of the party just from hearing her laugh that was so infectious. I especially remember the night she opened her home to us when my mother was in the hospital near her home.
Always willing to ease someone else’s burden she showed us such warmth and support.
She has been the Lord’s hands as she served us all and has left such a beautiful legacy to carry on his on earth. May your memories of her and her acts of kindness give you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Annette and Family

- Annette Santogrossi

I’ll never forget blts with grandma at the cabin. Such a sweet lady!

- Rob Graham

Sending all my love to the Dunham family. It's been so long since I've seen most of you, but my heart is with you all today from Florida. I loved Aunt Beth, and I loved what a friend she was with my mother. Last time I visited with her, she just reminded me so much of my mom that it took me by surprise and I had to really take a few deep breaths and just be present for our visit. She didn't really connect the dots of why I was there and who I was, but it was meaningful to me and I'm glad I had the chance to connect. December will be 10 years since my moms passing and there are times it's still a little lonely without her. But I know she is always in my heart, my memories and I feel peace knowing she is now with her loved sister again. I'm sure they are sharing some giggles. They were special souls, special sisters and lived their life with love for all, especially their family.
BTW, I'm in Florida, if you are ever in my neighborhood, I'd love to connect. Chris has my contact info! Love to all, Peace to All, Comfort to All....

- Bonnie Francis