(Beth) Louise Smith Behnert


(Beth) Louise Smith Behnert returned to her Heavenly Father, Sunday, May 5. She was born at home on Sept. 10, 1939 in Evanston, to Claude Gerrard Smith and Myrtle Rollins Smith. She graduated from Evanston High School, attended Brigham Young University, Utah State University and Weber State University, receiving bachelor’s master’s degrees.

Louise is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved researching her family history and helping others with their genealogy. She served a church mission in Dallas, Texas, after she retired from teaching school for 25 years in Ogden, Utah. She also worked for several family-owned businesses in Lyman, Ogden and Tremonton, Utah.

Louise loved to travel and see new places, taking trips throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, western and eastern Europe, Israel and China on both cruise ships and land travel. She also loved family camping trips in Wyoming and Utah, and two camping trips across the country to visit family. She looked forward to annual family reunions where she played games, made quilts and talked and laughed into the night.

Louise is survived by her two daughters, Sandy Johnson Poll and LeAnn Choate (Brian) Littledyke; three brothers and five sisters: Melvin C. (Renita) Smith of Ogden, David L. (Alice) Smith of Ogden, Robert R. (Glenda) Smith of Layton, Janet R. (John) Carlton of Las Vegas, Diana J. Earnshaw of Ogden, Dorothy A. Pitts of Lyman, Eileen M. (Mel) Hale of Fairview, Wyoming, and Carol G. (Michael) Guymon of Washington Terrace, Utah. She has four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joe Johnson, Eugene Choate and Konstantin Behnert; and infant son, Gary Joe Johnson.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing from 1-2 p.m. at the Richmond LDS 2nd Ward, 150 S. 100 East, Richmond, Utah (20 miles north of Logan) on Friday, May 10. Funeral services will follow the viewing at 2:30 p.m. at the same location. Burial will be at the Evanston Cemetery on Saturday, May 11, with a graveside service 11 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North, Logan, Utah. Condolences and memories can be sent to [email protected]

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