- Beverly Elaine Sumens-McCandless
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Memories of Beverly Elaine Sumens-McCandless
Beverly Elaine Sumens McCandless 1928 ~ 2009 Beverly McCandless quietly passed away, Thursday, August 27, 2009, surrounded by her children, sister, and grandchildren. She had just celebrated her 81st birthday. Beverly was born August 19, 1928 in Bingham, Utah to William George Sumens and Oleita Wheeler Burr. She lived in Eureka, Midvale, and Salt Lake City, and graduated from Granite High School. On May 10, 1949, she married her school beau, Gene Arthur McCandless. Together they had seven children, living first in Kearns and later in Sandy, Utah. Beverly was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many capacities. She attended the University of Utah in her later years and worked as an operator for Mountain Bell. Beverly loved music, especially classical works and musicals. She also loved learning and was an avid reader. But mostly, Beverly loved her children. She was their biggest fan and instilled in them the belief that they could do and be anything they desired. She was so proud of them - and all 22 of her grandchildren. She is survived by her devoted sister Faye (Myron) Jones, American Fork, and Jeanine (Carlton) Lane, Lytchfield, Maine, and her brother, David Sumens, Salt Lake City. She is also survived by her children Kathy Betts, Kaysville; Dan McCandless, Salt Lake City; Mike (Sara) McCandless, West Jordan; Chris (Susan) McCandless, Sandy; Tom McCandless, Lehi; Laura (Ross) Seely, Salt Lake City; and Debbie (Don) Sorenson, Bluffdale, and 22 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her former husband, Gene McCandless and one grandson, John MacKenzie. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the Crescent 2nd Ward, 10975 South Prescott Drive (1650 East). A viewing will be held one hour prior, at 10:00 a.m. She will be buried next to her parents in the Murray City Cemetery.
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