Beth was born to Sarah Amelia Thorpe Colton and Morgan Colton the fifth of seven children. She had one brother and five sisters. She grew up humbly in a two room home with her parents and siblings. I asked her once about the sleeping arrangements and she told me the girls opened up the couches and my Uncle Tom slept on a cot in the kitchen.
She attended school in Malad and graduated in 1942. After graduation she worked at Jones Confectionary.
When she was ten she spent her summer week days, with Mrs. Hill, a widow, with a family in Daniels, tending her children and her chickens.
Mother and her friend attended a circus that had come to town where she met Ralph R. Davis, which led to marriage.
Ralph and Beth married in December of 1944 in Pocatello, Idaho. Their were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in November 1947. He then enlisted in the U.S Army. While he was gone she worked at Ireland Bank.
Dad was sent to Japan. When he returned home he was greeted by mother and a baby daughter. They started their life together in their forever home in Pleasant View. Living their dream of family and ranching.
To this union three daughters were born. Patricia Lee, Cindy Lou, and Witona Lynn – eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her eternal companion, Ralph, in 1976, five sisters, one brother, and her parents.
Beth achieved her CNA in nursing and worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Oyler, a bank teller for Ireland Bank, and in the office of Oneida County Treasurer. She has always been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings. She had a sweet spiritual talent and worked hard to prepare her lessons. She taught her children of the eternal plan that God has given us and the power of prayer. She loved to do temple work and her genealogy.
She was a talented seamstress, cook, and has crocheted countless doilies, afghans, baby hats, and blessing dresses. Her wish was to retire and sit in her rocking chair and crochet with all the yarn she had stored away. However she lost her sight and was unable to achieve that goal. It always gave her great happiness to give her projects away to family and friends.
My mother was a perfectionist and kept a spotless home and yard. Since she worked all week Saturday was cleaning, baking, washing, and yard work day. The best part of our Saturday ritual was the smell of furniture polish, as it meant the day was coming to an end. Though I did my share of complaining about the busy day she was teaching me lessons that would remain with me always. She taught me the meaning of keeping a house to take pride in and the feeling of satisfaction of hard work. I will forever be grateful for this.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and asked of them often. They meant a great deal to her and she was very proud of them. A favorite memory they all had of her was making candy around the holidays and the great care she put in everything she did. She always had a birthday dinner for each of us and we got to choose the meal and dessert for that Sunday dinner.
Mother and I spent a great deal of time together the last few years. She made me promise that this would not be a sad day but a happy one because after forty-three years she would be with my dad once again.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 12 noon in the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 West 300 North in Malad. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home Wednesday from 10:30-11:45am prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in the Pleasantview Cemetery.