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Marie Connette Beckstead


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Marie Connette Beckstead

Marie Connette Beckstead, 90, passed away Oct. 24, 2016 while visiting her son in Vernal, Utah.

She was born Dec.12, 1925 to Charles and Connie Gilpin in Rock Springs. She graduated from Rock Springs High School where she was a cheerleader.

She married Kenneth Beckstead Sept. 3, 1949 in Green River. Marie worked for the IRS in Ogden, Utah and served as the Daggett County Assessor. After retiring, she was active in the Senior Citizens Centers in Manila, Utah, Green River and Rock Springs. She taught AARP 55 Alive for many years in southwest Wyoming and northeast Utah.

She is survived by her son, Ken Beckstead, Vernal, Utah; and daughter, Connie Hooper, Farr West, Utah; grandchildren, Todd, Nicole, Glen, Chris and Mike; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also, a sister and brother-law, Pat and Ray Rafiti, Longmont, Colo.; sister-in-law, Barbara Gilpin, Burns, Tenn., several nieces and nephews and her dog, Winsor.

She was preceded by her husband, Kenny; parents, brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Betty Gilpin; and brother, Donald Gilpin.

In keeping with the wishes of Beckstead, there will be no services. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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