Margaret Joanne Kolby Beckstrom March 6, 1938 - December 24, 2021

Margaret Joanne Kolby Beckstrom passed away at her home December 24, 2021.

Born March 6, 1938 in Salt lake City, Utah. The daughter of Tage Emil Kolby and Margaret Ann Woolley. She was the Great Granddaughter of Joseph Horne, prominent Utah pioneer and progenitor of John Mills Woolley, known for his timber interests in the Cottonwood Canyons.

She lived the first part of her life in the Sugarhouse area; attending Columbus Elementary School, Lincoln and Irving Jr high, and graduating from South High School in 1956. At Columbus Elementary School she won a prize for a poem she wrote and was Editor for the school news and views with the Tribune newspaper.

In her Middle School era, she enjoyed a lot of companionship with her friends at dances and riding their bikes. During High school she was on the debate team and an Associate Editor of Highlights literacy Magazine. During her time there she won the literacy prize at the Utah State University for her Poem. “Morning Song”. During this time she worked for her uncle at Appliance Service Center before attending BYU.

After attending BYU, she got a job with Thiokol Chemical Company in Salt Lake City in the Purchasing department. After Thiokol she went to work for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in the financial sector of the church as an Executive Secretary up until 1969 prior to her marriage.

She met her now husband, James Edward Beckstrom (Jim) at a dance, they married on August 7th 1969 in the Salt Lake City Temple. She and Jim moved to Spanish fork, Utah. Where she had two Children James Taylor Beckstrom born June 21 1970 and Jonathan Edward Beckstrom Born December 1 1973.

She enjoyed traveling each summer to many of the National Parks within Utah and Wyoming. She was an avid reader and learning throughout her life. She enjoyed spending time in the mountains in Brighton, Utah at the family cabin enjoying her time with Family.

Joanne was preceded in death by her sisters Lillian Page and Carolyn Taylor, daughter in-law Patricia Beckstrom wife of Taylor Beckstrom. She is survived by her Husband James Edward Beckstrom, and her Children James Taylor Beckstrom and Jonathan Edward Beckstrom and grand-daughter Pamela Grace Beckstrom.

A graveside service will be held Monday, January 3, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. located at the Spanish Fork Cemetery, 420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah. Family and friends may attend a visitation prior to the graveside from 12:00-1:30 located at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah.

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Monday, January 3, 2022
12:00 Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main Street
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660

Graveside Service

Monday afternoon, January 3, 2022
2:00 p.m.
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 South 400 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660


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    Suzanne Woolley Vincent says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families, Taylor and Jonathan.

    Much love, your cousin,

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    Judy Kolby Rosenberg says

    I was so sorry to hear of Joanns death. She was such a wonderful, kind hearted cousin. Always sending notes and memories to me.
    Unfortunately, I took a fall two weeks ago, and broke my left foot and ankle, amid other injuries. The timing was so bad, I was unable to attend the services. I do send much love.
    My father was Emils brother

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