And we will live in the manner of happiness...with our family around us.
Beatrice Faye Palmer Johnson, so courageous and forever beautiful, was able to return home to her Heavenly Father on September 11, 2022, just 74 years after she was born to her parents, James R. Palmer and Carrie Steed Palmer Meehan. She was the 2nd of 9 children and loved her siblings deeply. She was forever “mothering” them and counting down to their next Sister’s Party.
She grew up on Grantsville’s Main Street, in a neighborhood she considered beloved. As a child, she would play for hours on end with her sisters, cousins and neighborhood friends, especially Pat Palmer Coon. As they grew into teenagers, they would lie in front of the big picture window of her childhood home, which gave them a spectacular view of everyone “Dragging Main.” She enjoyed so many happy memories there. She graduated from Grantsville High in 1966.
Her life was forever changed when she locked eyes with her one true love, William Dean Johnson. He swept her off her feet and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 6, 1968. He was her knight in shining armor and together they built a life that was truly blessed. They were able to bring 8 beautiful children into the world, 7 of whom they were able to raise on this earth.
In Grantsville, Dean and Bea grew their family in a house built by Bea’s grandfather on the Main Street she loved. Oh, how she treasured her home! It had a big wrap around porch, which she loved to decorate every holiday. The inside was decorated just as spectacular as the out. It was in that home where she curated treasured memories for her grandchildren. There were always Sunday dinners, endless fun in the playroom, Easter egg hunts, Christmas pictures on the stairs and her most favorite... the 4th of July Mountain Man Breakfast. It became a tradition to hundreds of family members and friends as we waited for the parade to pass by. She was never happier than when there weren’t enough seats to go around because her home was filled with the family she loved.
Bea’s hands held many talents. She was an amazing decorator of all things... houses, holidays, wedding cakes and more. This gift landed her on the Sociable committee most years and even won her a national award when she worked for Home Interiors. She was also a beautiful seamstress, an impeccable organizer, a delicious cook and if you could win a medal for shopping, she’d be holding the gold one. No one could find a deal like Bea! She loved owning a catering business with her dear friends and spending time with “Club.”
Bea was full of courage and faith. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. In the years to come she would never waiver in her testimony that Heavenly Father would give her the strength she needed. We watched this happen as she underwent 2 bone marrow transplants and received continuous chemotherapy for 9 years. She was stalwart and brave through it all and an inspiration to many, especially her family.
Bea loves our Savior and knows he lives. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She felt blessed to serve in the Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society and especially loved her time as a temple worker. But the calling she held most dear was that of a missionary, with her beloved Dean as her companion, in the California Modesto Mission. It was a treasured time for them both.
Bea truly lived in the manner of happiness with her family around her. Counting down the days until they meet again are: The love of her life, W. Dean Johnson; those who call her “Mom,” Chad & Shelly Johnson, Krista & Jeff Hutchins, Craig & Carol Johnson, Jared & Emily Johnson, Brandon & Kristina Johnson, Brady & Amanda Johnson and Shaun & Emily B. Johnson; the Treasures who call her “Grandma,” Ally, Maddie, Ellie, Coy, Cage, Abby, Tyson, Dillon, Beau, Cutter, Randi, Riley, Ryan, Isabelle, Gracie, Mackay, Mallory, Hunter, Easton, Porter, Noah, Melayna, Lincoln, Tanner, Luke, Ben and her 18 great-grandchildren; the Ones who call her “Sister,” Dean (Valene) Palmer, Brenda (Blaine) Livingston, Treasa (Larry) Perkins, Shirlene (David) Remington, Greg (DeAnna) Palmer, Michelle (Troy) Giles, Brett (Cindy) Palmer, DeAnn (Bill) Christiansen; and “Sister-in-law,” Phyllis (Bob) Castagno, Paul Clark and Jolynn Anderson; and the many who call her “Cousin, Aunt and Friend.”
Welcoming her back home are her daughter, Heather; her parents, James R. & Doris Palmer and Carrie & Jack Meehan; her parents-in-law, William B. & Daryl Johnson; and two sisters-in-law, Jeanie Palmer and Christine Clark.
Memorial Services will be Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 11:00 AM. A viewing will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 PM and prior to the funeral from 9:30-10:30 AM. All services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 81 N. Church Street in Grantsville, UT. Interment at the Grantsville City Cemetery.
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The family would like to express special thanks to Bea’s team of cancer doctors and nurses at the Huntsman, especially Mary, Steve and Dr. Kovacsovics, who helped her beat the odds. Thanks also to Harmony Hospice, Didericksen Memorial, the Clark 2nd Ward and the wonderful community in which we live. We feel so blessed.