Beth Hovey Campbell, age 87, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at her home in Boise, Idaho, of natural causes.
Beth was born in Logan, Utah on April 1st, 1930 to Merlin & Lauretta Hovey. Beth was the last of four children and the only girl. She grew up in Logan, Utah and attended Logan High School graduating in 1948. After High School, she worked at Zions National Park for a year and then returned home to attend Utah State University in 1949. After a year at College, Beth met her future husband Eli Campbell, who graduated in 1950, and they were married on January 29, 1951, in the Logan Utah Temple. Shortly after her marriage, Eli was called to serve in the US Army during the Korean War until 1953. Beth had her first son Neil in March of 1952, at the army base at Fort Lee Virginia. With her new son, she moved back to Logan Utah to live with her parents.
After Eli, returned from the Korean War, Beth and Eli moved their family to Boise, Idaho in 1953 where Eli took a job at the new Meadow Gold Dairies facility in downtown Boise, Idaho. Beth gave birth to their second son, Richard in February 1955. They also purchased their first home on Albion Street in Boise where they lived in until 1961 at which time they moved to a new home to welcome a third son, Michael, born in February of that same year. Beth and Eli lived and worked in Boise for the next 50 years, calling Boise their home.
Beth was a member of the LDS Church, where she served in many positions. She served in the Relief Society presidency, but she especially enjoyed the opportunity to serve as Home making leader multiple times. She taught primary and Sunday School. She spent a great deal of time helping in cub scouting accompanying her three boys on various trips and activities. She loved helping with welfare dinners and banquets at the church and associating with wonderful woman who became life-long friends. She has very fond memories from the days spent in the old Boise 5th Ward, where she, Eli and their family resided for over thirty years.
Beth will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She enjoyed painting, working in her flower garden, reading good novels and attending the temple. During retirement, she and Eli spent many summers having family reunions and other family gatherings at their cabin in Donnelly, ID. Beth especially enjoyed going on various trips with her husband Eli and their friends and family to Arizona during the winter months. Beth loved being with her family and was very proud of all her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons Neil (Karen) of Donnelly, ID and Michael (Tammy) of Meridian, ID, and nine grandchildren and two great grand-children. A cousin, Harold Hovey of Salt Lake City, UT, and two sisters in law, Joy Campbell of Boise, ID and Mary Bassett Campbell who resides in Florida. Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Eli in 2011, and her parents, Merlin and Lauretta Hovey, her three brothers, Reid, Dennis and Claire and her sister in laws, Maxine, Emma, and Del, all of Utah, as well as her second son Richard, of Donnelly, Idaho.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the LDS church at 2323 N. Maple Grove Road in Boise, Idaho. Burial will be at the Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise, following the funeral services. Relatives and friends are welcome to a viewing, Monday morning, April 24, prior to the services from 10 to 10:45am.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Relyea Funeral Home and the ward members of the LDS Hampton Ward for their kindness, help and support.