Thelma Beth Faddis was born November 5, 1928 to Samuel E. and Thelma C. Butt Faddis in Spring Canyon, Utah, a mining town where her father built homes. She lived in American Fork, Utah most of her childhood. Because she cried to go to school, her father enrolled her in school a year early. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing. In high school she played in the band and sang. She enjoyed watching her father in his construction work. She excelled in school and went to LDS Business College where she was crowned the Founder’s Day Queen.
She married Richard B. Powelson, January 18, 1947 in Provo, Utah and they began their life together in American Fork. They are the parents of 5 children, Joy, Bruce, Brent (twins), Diane, and Kelly. Richard was working as a lineman for Utah Power in Light in Castle Dale, Utah. On December 9, 1954, Richard and Beth took their children to the Manti Temple and were sealed as a family. Then Richard was injured in an accident and died a few days later, on April 9, 1955, in the Price, Utah hospital, leaving Beth a young mother of 5 small children. She returned to American Fork to be closer to family.
She went to work as a bookkeeper for a lumber company and met Kay J. Allred as she went to the bank. Kay was employed with Reed’s Jewelry and was warned, you do not want to get acquainted with Beth, she is a widow with 5 small children, but he continued meeting with her as she went to the bank. Kay had a young daughter, Beverly. On April 14, 1956, they were married in Montpelier, Idaho and began raising their family in American Fork, when an opportunity came to buy a jewelry store in Montpelier, Idaho in the fall of 1956.
Then a son, Stanley was added, making them the parents of 7 children. Beth and Kay worked together in their business, B & K Jewelers, and a cattle ranch. They also had a store in Kemmerer, Wyoming for a short time. They were involved in the community projects; Beth was involved with the Jaycettes and influential to get the new library. She was secretary of the Chamber of Commerce for many years. She played the piano and they sang for programs. Her Church positions included, pianist and chorister, secretary and visiting teacher.
Beth and Kay taught their children to work in the jewelry store and on the ranch. They enjoyed having family dinners and taking the family on trips. They sold their jewelry store in 1971 and moved to Salt Lake City to work in jewelry for J.C. Penney’s. Then Beth went to work for Henry S. Day dealership as bookkeeper until Kay was transferred to Kennewick, Washington with J.C. Penney’s. In Washington, Beth became a realtor and was awarded for her selling ability and caring for her clients. They had a desire to get back to their own jewelry business, so they began a business in Lewiston, Idaho and then travel several states selling jewelry and gift items.
In 1990 they learned about an opportunity to work for Disneyland, they applied and were hired. They worked in Disneyland for 3 years and loved working there and having their family come to visit there. They retired and spent their summers at their ranch in Bennington, Idaho, where they built and enjoyed spending time at the cabin. She loved to have family parties and vacations. She was interested in her heritage and spent time collecting family history and pictures and put together many binders of histories for her family. They traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Then September 2001, Joy and Merlin ask them to leave California and move into their home in Shelley, Idaho. After consideration they moved, and the Shelley 1st Ward welcomed them with open arms. On February 28, 2004, Beth and Kay were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple.
In November 2011, Joy and Merlin left for mission and that day Kay became ill while in the temple and was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and surgery was performed. Beth became concerned so they moved to Lincoln Court in Idaho Falls. Beth enjoyed and was involved with the activities, including playing the piano. She was named Mrs. Lincoln Court in 2012, then in September another tumor was diagnosed with another surgery, but Kay passed away on October 6, 2012. Leaving Beth with loneliness.
Later she met Van Frandsen and they were married at Lincoln Court on May 29, 2014. Van was a companion and helped Beth overcome loneliness. The family appreciates the many times he has brought her to family activities and the care he has given her.
She has 7 children, 34 grandchildren, 76 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She had a positive attitude and wrote these statements in her life story:
“Have patience – idle your motor, even when you feel like stripping your gears. Be dependable and keep your word. When we realize the great learning experiences of the aging process, maybe we shouldn’t resent getting older. After all, life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. Maturity is living in peace with that which you cannot change. And knowing that God is eager to help if you will ask and have faith that He will give it.”
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W Oak Street, in Shelley. The family will receive friends Saturday morning 9:00 till 9:45 A.M.. Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. in the Bennington Cemetery.