Love does not measure it just gives. Beth was the walking, singing, humming, definition of ‘Live. Laugh. Love.’ An adventurous spirit, a Harley riding, pistol packing Granny, but who seemed to have this magnetism about her that radiated comfort, approachability, and most importantly - LOVE. Beth never knew a stranger, she had the gift of gab and a laughter so contagious you could hear it aisles away and not help but smile. Her kindness, acceptance, and love was unconditional, the true kind of unconditional that never came with any conditions. She embodied nurture, kindness, and family.
Beth was born in Sandpoint, Idaho and raised in the neighboring town of Laclede, Idaho, where she spent her early years playing with her cousins, riding horses, dirt bikes, and dancing. After having her first daughter Sonya she married her first husband Larry Gleason and had two more children Tom and Ronda. She raised her family with love and Larry became a life-long friend of hers who she cared for deeply. She remarried the love of her life Joel Navarro, January 1, 1989. She adored Joe and could often be seen staring at him from afar and whispering how handsome and in love she was with him. They shared 34 beautiful years together and were often called ‘one.’ The best of friends, they were never apart.
Quirky, fun, and never lacking a story to tell, Beth was a force. Whether it was singing Christmas carols or watching her favorite movie ‘Elf’ in the heat of the summer, holding her husband Joel as they rode their Harley across the country, or gently rocking a baby (or her fully grown adult children and grand children) in her arms, Beth always radiated happiness, warmth, and joy, with an unmatched devotion to her family.
Since she was a child all she ever wanted to be was a mom, then a grandma. And in as much as she was the best mom and grandma to her children and grandchildren, she extended that role far beyond the home and was a mom and grandma to so many others - if she would have had it her way, she would have been everyone’s mom or grandma. She was more than happy to be the center figure in the lives of her family. Anyone who knew her family knew that she was a star in their eyes, and that’s all that ever mattered to her.
She always took in the strays, the lost, the broken, the wounded, the ones who needed love and hugs the most - her heart so big, her love of children so foundational, it’s no surprise after raising three children of her own, she chose to adopt two children later in life, Kearra and Cierra. A blended, big family, her life’s goal, her life’s dream, her wish since a child no doubt came true. And blended her family was, everyone and anyone was always welcomed at the table.
Beth was a fighter, no one could deny that, she was exhausted and in pain for many years, but always had a smile and determination to keep going for her family - to be strong for them. God saw she was worn, and knew that she was getting tired, so he wrapped her in his arms in a loving embrace, the same way she had with so many people before and whispered ‘it is your time to be held, come to me, rest.’
Forever in our hearts; Beth, Bethie, Mom, Auntie, Gigi, Grammy, Bamba, and Grandma - we love you!
Beth is preceded in death by her dad, ‘Poppy’ Sonny Thomas; mom, Helen Thomas; and sister, Marcia Thomas.
Her memory remains with her husband, Joel Navarro. Children, Sonya Harmer, Tom (Angela) Gleason, Ronda (Mike) Brooks, Cierra (Jose Morales) Navarro, and Kearra Navarro.
Grandchildren, Sanae (Levi) Welch, Shayla Hale, Drew (Calypso) Hale, Drake (Aysia) Hale; Tanner Gleason, Tait Gleason, Ty Gleason, Amber Gleason, Trevin Gleason, Amelia Gleason; Neema (Jessica) Vedadi, Frank (Taryn) Vedadi, Nadia (Skyler) VomDorp, Cedrec Vedadi, Misha Vedadi, Gracie Brooks; Ava Rugg, Starlee Morales, Marquis Morales, Stormee Morales.
Great-grandchildren, Lili Vedadi, Archer Vedadi, Rylee Welsh, Nelly Welsh, Scarlette Hale.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023 from 1pm-4pm at ‘The Day Barn,’ 1166 E Pioneer Rd, Draper, UT.
Come as you are, but remember Beth loved all things pink, Harley Davidson, and Lakers!