For almost 90 years--between 1932 and 2022—the earth was graced\nby the presence of one of Heavenly Father’s dearest daughters. \n\nOn March 1, 1932, Belva Rasmussen was born to Sarah Reva Draper and James Frederick Rasmussen in Hatch UT. She was one of 10 children. Belva grew up in a humble home with no indoor plumbing, where she slept as a young child at the foot of her sister’s bed on dining room chairs. When she was in grade school, the family moved to Orem where she enjoyed living close to her Grandpa Rasmussen. The two of them would meet each Saturday to go to the movies at the Scera Theatre. Grandpa Rasmussen would greet Belva with a dime wrapped in the corner of a newspaper so the dime wouldn’t get lost. It was enough for her admission and a Milky Way candy bar at the Scera where they would sit in the same place every week. Belva loved the old, classic movies. John Wayne was her favorite movie star, and her favorite John Wayne movie was McClintock. \n\nThe family moved to Provo where she attended Dixon Jr. High. Later, when she was a junior at Provo High, she met her sweetheart Glade Brereton on a blind date. After dating a short time, Glade wanted to get married right away, but Belva said that she was going to graduate first. She wore her engagement ring her entire senior year. She graduated from\nProvo High in May 1950 and married “the love of my life” in July of 1950 in her grandparents’ front room. Later, in 1964, they were sealed in the Salt Lake temple. Their three children Debra, Scott, and Diane were sealed to them on the same day. \n\nWhen the opportunity arose, Belva and Glade bought an acre ground on Carterville Road. As time passed, Glade built most of their home there. As Glade worked at Geneva and built their home part time, Belva worked to help earn money. After five years of buying materials as they could, paying cash, and trading labor with friends, they moved into their dream home—mortgage free.\n\nBesides filling her life with her growing children, Belva worked in a dress shop with elementary school lunch, in a sewing factory and for many years in the Utah County Elections office. Her sewing was well known as a gifted seamstress. She was quietly proud of the best of show prize she won from the Utah County Fair to prove it!\n\nIn addition to the jobs she enjoyed, she had several hobbies. She marveled every day at the beauty of nature around her. Belva loved working in her flower garden and with Glade in their vegetable garden. Belva and Glade simply enjoyed being together. When they weren't working together, they enjoyed playing together with their children. They enjoyed “fishing at Strawberry Reservoir, traveling the western states, and the many winters with [their] dear friends in Yuma.” She and Glade enjoyed cruising, and Alaska was their favorite. Besides being with her children and beloved grandchildren Belva loved to read—church books and Dick Francis novels. She enjoyed puzzles, Word Find, and one thing that spoke to her most was 1940’s music.\n\nBelva is remembered as being quiet, serving effectively in Church callings with kindness and love. When Diane was in primary, she remembers her mom being “a fantastic Primary president.” Belva loved to participate by singing in many choirs. A highlight for Belva and Diane was to sing in the Mount Timpanogos temple dedication choir in October 1996.\n\nTheir children learned to be honest and to work hard from their parents. Belva taught her children to “do the best you can.” “Complete what you start.” “Work hard.” and “Be happy.”\n\nOn December 10, 2010, Glade passed away. They were apart for 11 long years. When people would approach Belva and could tell she seemed to be doing well with Glade being gone, she would say, “You can choose to be sad. Or you can choose to be glad. I choose to be happy.” \n\nHappily Belva and Glade were reunited on Glade’s birthday, February 5, 2022. What an incredible birthday gift - to be reunited with his sweetheart on his birthday!\n\nThe Brereton Famioy would like to thank Belva's many caregivers at Aspen Senior Day Care, Aspen In-home Care, and Covington Assisted Living. Thank you for the love and care that you showed for our beloved mother.