Wendy Walker Beall, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2023, surrounded by her family. Wendy's life was filled with joy, creativity, and service to her community. Her loved ones fondly remember her caring smile and her kind heart.
Born in Pocatello, Idaho on June 4, 1940, to Annie Cleopha Peterson and Lawrence Edward Walker, Wendy touched those around her with her kindness and creativity. Wendy was a devoted mother to her five children, Kirk (Jenn), Shannon (Steve), Rachel, Robb (Lori), and Tori (Hayward), and two step-children, Kristi (Mike) and Brad (Debra). She was also a proud grandmother to 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Her spouse of 49 years, Bob, preceded her in death.
Wendy was beautiful and had many talents and passions. She had a deep love for music and was an accomplished pianist, serving as organist for both her local ward congregation and the Salt Lake Temple. In 1959, Wendy was crowned Miss Pocatello and was first runner-up in the Miss Idaho pageant. She attended Idaho State University, worked for KTVX and Western Airlines, and co-owned and managed A-Bell Communications. Wendy was an avid supporter of the ballet, opera, theatre, and other creative arts. She designed and made costumes and clothes for her family. She also enjoyed sharing baked treats with neighbors and friends. Wendy loved antiques, which reflected her appreciation for the beauty of the past.
Wendy never lost her humble nature or her gentleness toward others. She was known for her open and accepting heart. Wendy championed her children and grandchildren and supported them in all their endeavors, and she donated her time and talents to others in her community throughout her life.
Wendy's Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, April 8th, at noon at the Yalecrest Ward House, located at 1035 South 1800 East, SLC, UT. A viewing will be held on Friday, April 7th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and again on Saturday the 8th at 11:00 AM, preceding the funeral services. Wendy will be interred at Larkin Sunset Lawn.
Wendy will be remembered for her warm smile, loving heart, and wonderful creativity. Her legacy will live on through her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will always remain with us.
I am sad to know that my cousin, Wendy, has left this world. She was my friend when we were growing up in southeast Idaho. I will remember Wendy's love and style with great appreciation for having her in my life.
I send my sincere sympathy to all the family.
Linda Lee Bohane
Wendy was always so kind and sweet to everyone. Such a beautiful person. She will be missed by so many. So sorry for your loss.
Shannon, Rachel, Robb, and Tori: I was so sorry to hear about your dear mother's passing. I have so many memories of your mom, your dad, and your entire family. Growing up on Yale Avenue in the era we did was magical in so many ways, and Wendy was an integral piece of the fabric of that unique time, place, and community. I have vivid memories of your mom as a cub scout leader — including making some of the first videos with a video camera I'd ever seen — videos about Daniel Boone, lip-syncing Beatles songs, etc. Wendy always welcomed us as Robb's friends into her home and put up with a lot of antics and juvenile behavior that I'm sure tried her patience and long-suffering. I have memories of overnights, birthday parties, your dog, Winston(?), and the Beall household always being a place where we were welcome, embraced, and loved, no matter what. Your family and your mom were important influences on my young life. While saddened that the world no longer has the bright light of Wendy Beall, I am also immensely grateful for the light and joy and laughter that she brought to so many. It was so wonderful to join the service online today. I and my family send our deepest love, condolences, and prayers of peace to you all. God speed, Wendy. Thank you.
When we think of Wendy, we see a gorgeous and classy woman walking around the neighborhood with a parasol so that she would keep her skin ageless! Went we think of Wendy, we think of someone who loved to chuckle! When we think of Wendy we think of her warmth and interest in other's lives. We picture her as a fixture at the organ on Sunday, and piping out the most beautiful sounds. We loved Wendy and Bob so much. Thanks for publishing the funeral for us to hear. We were out of town with family and were so sad to miss the honoring of one of our favorites. Much Love.