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Mae Sevy Bezzant was born on July 3, 1924 to John Lowe Sevy Jr and Maria (Mae) Houston. She was the youngest of nine children. She had 4 brothers Jay, Tom, George and Jim; and 4 Sisters Velta, Mary, Jean, and Bernice. She grew up in Richfield, Utah and loved the red hills, but Pleasant Grove, was always considered home.
Her Mother insisted that every child learn to play a musical instrument. Mom learned to play the violin and became a master of the violin. She loved music and shared her talents in so many ways. She taught the community orchestra class and was instrumental in getting orchestra setup in the school system. She taught violin lessons and shared her music playing at church, funerals, concerts, and events. She loved to sing and instilled that in all of her children. Our favorite family time is sitting around the lit Christmas tree with the house lights off and a fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve singing Christmas carols always ending in Silent Night.
Mom met Mathew Keith Bezzant at BYU Academy during WWII. He was drafted into the war and he gave her his pin (pinned her) before he was deployed, with the promise that she would wait for him to return before she got married. He returned from the war and told mom that she had to make up her mind on who she was going to marry. During this time Mom was dating other suitors, but Dad won, and they were married on September 3, 1946, in the Manti, Utah Temple for time and all eternity.
Together they had 7 children. Michael Keith Bezzant (Susan Harward), Gary John Bezzant (JaLaine Hardman), Bruce Lowe Bezzant (Carolyn Wall), Douglas Gene Bezzant (Tammy Bills), Steven Ray Bezzant (Lisa Pickering), Julene Mikalauski (Philip) and Karen Bezzant. She has 30 grandchildren and 113 Great Grandchildren and 4 Great, Great, Grandchildren. I am sure that her posterity will continue to grow in the coming years.
Mom loved her family; and everyone that came into contact with her always felt like they were her favorite person. Mom was very thrifty and used her many talents to take care of and teach her family. Not only did she teach violin to help support her family, but she sold Raleigh and Watkins door to door, and she was a substitute teacher at the Junior High were dad worked. We never seemed to lack for anything. She was an excellent seamstress, cook, musician, teacher, and mother. Her favorite sayings were, “if you can’t change anything change your attitude” and “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all”. Mom always taught us to use it up, wear it out or make due.
She loved the outdoors, our family vacations consisted of hunting, fishing, and camping. Her favorite camping spot was at Fish Lake. We have many fond family memories there. Mom loved to fish and one time I remember that dad didn’t want to go - so she went without him. I thought that day would never happen, but it did.
She kept a beautiful flower garden, “We called it the rock garden”, which has been enjoyed by all who have ever driven or walked past her home. She loved to travel with her friends after my dad passed, and was able to go to Cancun, Israel, Hawaii, and several Branson tours.
Mom was a woman of faith prayer, charity, and service. She had a wonderful network of friends and was involved in many clubs and organizations. The LaVotta Club, Sunshine Group, Book Club, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP), and the Silver Sneakers at the local gym in which she was active until just before covid. After covid she would still attend occasionally, She was proud to be the oldest member there. She served in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple for 11 years, and held various church positions throughout her life including Relief Society President and Bishop’s Wife. I think her favorite calling was that of Grandmother.
Indeed, she did follow the admonition of Paul “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and doing good to all men. We believe all things, we hope all things, have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy we seek after these things.
Mom said her most valued possessions were her testimony, and her beloved family. We love you mom and will miss you. Thank you for all your love, service, kindness, and patience.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 18, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Grove Ward Chapel, 455 East 200 South, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 – 10:45 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.