Erma Stone Besbeck

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Erma Stone Besbeck was born on August 17, 1911 in Spanish Fork, Utah to David and Aurelia Stone. The fourth of six children, Erma grew up in Utah and Idaho. She loved music and was trained in music by her mother as a child.

Education and Career

Erma studied at the McCune School of Music in Salt Lake City and in the School of Music at Brigham Young University. She taught music at the military school in Ft. Riley, Kansas. She played the organ at many military chapels throughout her life. She married Lt. Col. Louis B. Besbeck on June 11, 1949 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. They lived in Japan and Hawaii and moved to La Jolla, California in 1965 after her husband retired from the Army. She was Stake Music Chorister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 16 years and taught classes in Organ and in Conducting to many students who developed into fine musicians. Erma was the Organist and Pianist for her church for over 40 years. She was a lifelong member of The Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

Personal Life

Erma and her husband loved gardening, golfing and bicycling on the boardwalk by the ocean. They grew beautiful roses which they shared with friends and family. She loved reading and improving her mind. She particularly loved the magnificent view of the ocean from her home in La Jolla and the mild weather of Southern California. She and her late husband traveled around the world extensively and enjoyed learning about cultures and the people of other lands. Erma was truly an example of elegance and grace who was always quick to share a smile.

Erma Bernice Stone Besbeck, 99, passed away January 23, 2011 at her home in La Jolla, CA following a brief illness. She was at peace when she passed, secure in the love of her Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Louis B. Besbeck, her parents, David and Aurelia Stone, her sister, Nora Stone, her four brothers Howard Stone, Fred Stone, Max Stone and Merrill Stone, half-sisters: Ellen Stone and Flora Stone Matson, half-brothers: Calvin Stone, David Stone and Joseph Stone. She is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her very much.

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