Beverly Joan Gallagher Head
Beverly Joan Gallagher Head, born January 15, 1936, passed away peacefully on a snowy December 29, 2022. She was surrounded by her children, and beloved nurses, CNA’s, staff and residents at the George E Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home located in Ogden Utah.
Beverly was born in Payette Idaho, on a snowy day to Lester Lincon “Ted” Gallagher and Leva Campbell Gallagher. She is the 5th of 9 children. Her family moved multiple times between Hood River Oregon and San Diego, California. In 1953 Beverly met the love of her life, Harry Head, while attending a church sponsored event... It was either a roller skating or an ice-skating party... For decades Mom and Dad have debated which it was... and now that they are reunited, they can officially settle the debate. The rest of us will have to wait for the answer.
Mom and Dad met in February and then married on May 19, 1953, in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Dad was in the Navy during the Korean War and within a month after their marriage, he was deployed to Korea. They have always said mom was a Korean War bride, to which mom was very proud of. They lived in San Diego, California where they had six children. (Harlow, Deborah, Darlene, Curtis, Zina, and Anita.) In 1967, they moved to Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, where Harry ran his own construction business. They moved to Malad, Idaho in January of 1975 (With no coats or closed in shoes, in the middle of a winter blizzard, the first that any of the three younger children had experienced.)
Mom has always been faithful and committed to her belief in Jesus Christ and active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was always ready and willing to share her testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ and his love for everyone. She served in many callings, but the one she loved most was missionary work. She was well known and loved for throwing the best fellowshipping parties wherever they lived. She supported and worked with our missionary Dad as he diligently served in this great work, as well.
Mom’s loving and kind personality caused her to be a light wherever she went. She always went out of her way to make people feel loved and important. Even while she was so sick in the hospital, these past few weeks, she was still loving and kind to the nursing staff. On Wednesday, when she was transported back to the George E Whalen Veterans home, she was greeted by staff and fellow residents, who went out of their way to express to her how she had made a difference in their lives.
Mom loved music and was known for coming up with a song for nearly every situation or conversation. Among some of her other loves were the Denver Broncos, musicals, late-night movies, and John Denver. Housework and traveling growing up was made fun through her constant interjection of music. We sang in the car while traveling, cleaning the house and during many other times in our lives. She loved the Hawaiian people and their music. We played a lot of Hawaiian music for her over these past few weeks to which she always responded. She was also a wonderful yodeler and even impressed the Dr’s at the hospital in her final days, throwing out a yodel even while she struggled to speak and breathe. She loved talking to and getting to know people anywhere she went. She made and sold her delicious jam and has always been a great cook. She loved her family and above all loved her Savior, Jesus Christ and strived to follow His example. She lived a great life of service and shared her light with all. We have no doubt that when she met our Father in Heaven, He welcomed her home with the words; “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.
We’re quite confident that she will be leading the choirs of heaven because ‘SHE IS THE MUSIC!’!!
She is survived by her children, Deborah Head (Malad, ID), Darlene Head (Malad, ID), Curtis (Lesley) Head (Soda Springs), Zina (Howard) Miller (Bluffdale, UT), Anita (Brian) Jeppsen (Malad, ID), and 38 Grandchildren, 76 Great Grandchildren and 8 Great Great Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sweet husband, Harry Head, Harlow Head (son), Benjamin Padovich (Grandson), Parents and several siblings.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday January 5th at 12:00 pm. at the 3rd Ward Chapel, 400 North 200 West, Malad Idaho. Friends may call at the Horsley Funeral home, 132 West 300 North, Wednesday night, January 4th, between 7-8 p.m. and Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Funeral services at the Chapel. Burial will follow in the Malad City Cemetery.