Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 21, 2019
Shirley Atkinson Beagley

Obit Shirley Atkinson BeagleyShirley Atkinson Beagley (grandma bread), passed away May 19, 2019, in Tooele, Utah, at the age of 83. She was born Oct. 31, 1935, to Melvin Sweeten Atkinson and Pauline Humpherys Atkinson in Malad, Idaho. She married John LaRay Beagley on June 4, 1959, in the Salt Lake Temple. 

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shirley held many callings in addition to always playing the piano and organ. She served a mission at the church office building and enjoyed that for many years. Shirley graduated from BYU and was a substitute teacher while raising her family in Tooele. She was involved in many different activities throughout her life. Shirley taught 4-H cooking, played the piano for band solo contests and served as an election judge since the time of voting in homes. She rarely missed a city council meeting.

Great-grandchildren called her “Grandma Bread,” because she always made the best homemade bread. Shirley was most famously known for making homemade chocolates for over 40 years.  

Shirley is survived by her daughter Cheryl Caldwell; sons Alan (Karen), Gary (Jessica),; sister Ruth (Ron) Kendrick; brother Wayne (Jan) Atkinson; and sister-in-law Jennifer Beagley.

She is preceded in death by her husband John; parents; sisters Irene Gage, Nola (Robert) Taylor; baby brother Robert; and son-in-law Greg Caldwell. 

Shirley’s biggest specialty was service.

A visitation will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m., with a funeral following at 1 p.m., at the Tooele 14th ward building, 180 S. Coleman St., in Tooele, Utah. Interment will be in the Tooele City Cemetery.

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