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Leah Jane Ballard Beck

May 5, 1937 - Nov. 17, 2020

Date of Service: Nov. 24, 2020

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BURLEY – Leah Jane Beck left this earth to be with her Savior November 17, 2020, at the age of 83.

Leah was born to Joseph William and Velma Mary (Williams) Ballard May 5, 1937, in Declo, Idaho. At the age of four, her older brother, Kendall and her parents moved from Declo to Burley when her dad changed jobs. Leah began school at the Miller School and then onto Burley Junior High and high school. Some of Leah’s most memorable high school days were spent as a cheerleader at Burley High School. Her graduating class was the first class to graduate from the “new Burley High School” in 1956. After graduation, Leah attended and graduated from cosmetology school at Idaho State University then started her career as a hairdresser in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, until the love her life, Wayne, returned home from his tour of duty with the United States Army.

Wayne and Leah dated for a few years before marrying September 11, 1959, in Burley by Bishop Golden Wood. Wayne and Leah lived south of town where they farmed the desert alongside Wayne’s family. They were later sealed in the Ogden Utah Temple in 1976. Their original plan was to be sealed in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple; however, the timing was at the same time as the flooding from the failure of the Teton Dam.

Leah will forever be remembered as the most generous and gracious lady and beautician. Leah donated hundred and hundreds of hours alongside her dear friends the Garrard Girls, Norma Cunnington, and Carolyn Bradshaw as volunteer hairdressers for more than 36 years at the former Cassia Memorial Hospital’s long-term care facility, and at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center. Leah took great pride in her work, and she loved making everyone who sat in her chair feel special.

Outside of taking care of her family and her clients, she loved watching her boys, young and old, play sports, camping and fishing with family, and shopping with her girlfriends. Some would say that she was just as content window shopping as actually purchasing goods. Leah also took great pride in being a leader in the Young Women program for 20 years. Every young woman that she worked with became her lifelong friend. After retiring from the farm in 2010, Wayne and she served a mission in Nauvoo, Ill., for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Leah took great pride in her job as the sight leader over Brigham Young’s home.

Wayne and Leah were blessed with three sons: Brice (Jodie Adams), Bart (Danene Manning), and Scott (Jennifer Bell); 13 grandchildren; and 11 ½ great-grandchildren.

Leah was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Kendall and his wife Jeanette; and her infant brother, Jerry.

The family would like to thank Intermountain Homecare & Hospice for their on-going support and compassion.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Burley West Stake Center, located at 2420 Parke Ave., in Burley. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, November 23, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Tuesday, from 10 until 10:45 a.m.

For those attending the viewing or the funeral service, face masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

For those unable to attend, a live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/EJHEQSOoJ_8.

Condolences for Leah Jane Ballard Beck

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From Donna Sheen:
I'm so sad to hear of Leah's passing. She was a beautiful cousin through and through. She had been the one to cut my hair for years too.
My condolences to Wayne and the family. I know she will be missed greatly.
From Karen Rasmussen:
Brother Wayne Beck and family
My thoughts and prayers for you and your family in the loss of your sweetheart, Leah Jane Beck. It's hard to lose our loved ones, but we are so grateful to have the knowledge that it will be just a temporary separation. I'm so glad that I got to know your sweet Leah through my dear Angel, Dale. They are both just waiting until our turn comes. My best to you and your dear family.
From Kasie Olsen Anderson :
What a wonderful lady! Her smile and laugh were the best. She was always happy and so much fun. Our prayers and thoughts are with your special family.
From Blaine & Julie Tanner:
So many precious memories of Leah and her goodness! May The Lord comfort you, Wayne, and your good family.
From Gaylen & Carolyn Smyer:
Wayne, Brice, Bart, and Scott, we are saddened at the passing of a special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you be comforted at this time of loss.
From Matt and Roxanne Beck:
Aunt Leah was such an elect lady! She always made you feel so special and that you are important! She had the most positive attitude in life! We love Aunt Leah!
From Gay Dawn and Lonnie Downs:
We join so many friends in our community as we remember the vibrant and fun person Leah was. She always had a twinkle in her eyes and a beautiful smile on her face and her cute giggle made those around her happy. We send our love and prayers to you, Wayne, and to your sons and their families. Leah will never be forgotten!
From Luana Sanders:
This is a sad day for all of us who
knew this lovely lady. She brought happiness and sunshine to all who
crossed her path. And I’m sure she is doing just that now.
My condolences to you dear Wayne
and your fine family.
From Keith Ramsey:
For over 20 years Leah was my personal hair dresser, even though there was less and less to cut as time when on. She was a councilor to me in the chair. Always reluctant to accept payment, she learn that her financial payment would be left under the adjacent lid of the washing machine. Always with a smile and kindness, I will miss sweet Leah Beck.
From Pamela (Egley) Robinson :
Awe ... I am so sorry for her passing. She was all that everyone speaks of here. She & Wayne was my neighbor for years & a YW in my life. She was always so kinda & caring & compassionate to me. I lost my mother at a young age & she was always so loving. Grateful I seen this post, thanks Brad Beck.
From Marsha Meissner:
A very gracious, caring and loving person. Always upbeat and sincere. Know she will be missed by her family and friends Burley way and beyond. My condolences to Wayne and his extended family.
From Dave and Susan Toner:
Leah will forever be remembered for her big smile and grace. We are so sorry for the loss of your Sweetheart, Wayne. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Love to you all!
From Alta Patterson :
What a ray of sunshine Leah always was. She heart loved everyone. I loved watching Leah love my mother in-law. Her and Carole were the best of neighbors. I give Leah a lot of credit for the wonderful man my husband is. She was a 2nd Mom along with a few others in Pella. We have missed having you as neighbors. Not all that long ago Leah was doing cartwheels across her front lawn. I have been blessed to have loved and been loved by both Wayne and Leah. We love your family.
From Peggy Strobel:
Aunt Leah I love you so much! You were happy, kind and full of love and concern for others. Your family was always your focus. I remember you always taking care of grandpa and grandma and visiting them often. Dad (Kendall Ballard) always thought you were the best in the world. He was right! Your sweet memory will be in our hearts always!
From Nola Asher:
A great woman has been called home. She will be missed here on this earth. What. Priceless gem she was while here. It is so hard to have someone return to their Heavenly Home, but that means wel will see her again and receive that awesome smile she always shared. Hugs to all.
From Deloy Paskett :
So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.
From Lisa Bowen:
She was a great example to many. She was one of my YW leaders and I sure love her!
From Al and Kathy Barrus:
Leah was the sweetest and most energetic person. She was a leader and inspiration to our three daughters and they loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne and the family,
From Dena Peck Newcomb :
She was a great lady and super fun young women leader loved her. So sorry for the loss of this special lady big hugs
From Dena Peck Newcomb :
She was a great lady and super fun young women leader loved her. So sorry for the loss of this special lady big hugs
From Dena Peck Newcomb :
She was a great lady and super fun young women leader loved her. So sorry for the loss of this special lady big hugs
From Alan & Judy Zollinger :
We are so so sad! What a special, gracious, beautiful angel she is! We have special memories of our beet grower trips with Wayne and Leah. Prayers for Wayne and her family!
From Alan & Judy Zollinger :
We are so so sad! What a special, gracious, beautiful angel she is! We have special memories of our beet grower trips with Wayne and Leah. Prayers for Wayne and her family!
From Steve and Shelley Jones:
Comfort for your loss
From Linnie McClellan:
To my dear, special Aunt Leah. You brought be so much joy to me as a child, as a young woman, as a mother, and through the many adventures in my life over the years. Always, kind, giving, you were able to share a smile in the face of adversity as well as in the simple pleasures of every day. I often felt that I was the favorite; but I think most people felt that way if they were in any proximity of your person. Lyle and I send our deepest regard for the far reaching influence you have left and pray that peace will fill the hearts of all those you have loved, and who love you.
From Bill Parsons:
Leah was a lovely lady and a real asset to her church and community and her family. She even let Wayne become a good golfer
From Allen and Teresa Jensen:
Leah is one of a kind! So friendly, fun, and always with a smile for everyone. I loved working with her in the YW and they all loved her. We enjoyed being your neighbors and friends for many years. Leah will be so missed. Wayne and family, know that we share your sorrow and pray you will be comforted and find peace in Heavenly Father's plan.
From Rod Lake:
Leah was one of my favorite people. She always was so happy and made you feel important. No question she will be missed.
From Lyle and Jennifer Saget:
So sorry to hear of Leah’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at this time. We will always remember her vibrant personality and warm humor. Our best to the Wayne Beck family.
From Delores Green:
Oh Leah, we ‘ll miss you ! Always such a positive fun person to visit with ! I know you are having fun reminiscing with family and friends who preceded you ! We love you!
From Leslee Warr:
I absolutely adored Leah. She always had a smile and so friendly to everyone she associated with. Loved being in her home and feeling like you belonged. Sending love to you and the boys Wayne
From Cindy Curtis Thompson :
So very sorry to hear of Leah's passing. She was an amazing person. She did so much to help others, so many hours she volunteered throughout our community. I've known Leah as long as I can remember. She will definitely be missed, and always remembered for her beautiful spirit. I'm thinking of you all with love and sympathy in my heart.

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