Barbara Petri "Babs" Beatty Barbara "Babs" Petri Beatty 1947 ~ 2009 Babs was born July 21, 1947 in San Francisco, California to Hal and Carole Petri. She moved to Salt Lake City in 1958. She graduated from Olympus High School in 1965 and attended the University of Utah. She married Steve Beatty in 1969. In their forty years together, they raised three daughters, Kim, Stephanie, and Megan. In more recent years, she was thrilled to welcome four angels into the family - three grand-daughters and one grand-son. She cherished every minute she was able to spend with them. During Babs' incredible 61 years she accomplished many wonderful things. She worked for several years at Mtn. Bell/AT&T before becoming self-employed as an artist. Originally diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 1996, she used this experience as the inspiration for countless drawings and paintings, including a book dedicated to women battling cancer. Through these works she became well known in the Utah art community and had her work displayed in many galleries. Babs is survived by: Sister, Gayle Valentine (Keith Kiler); Husband, Steve Beatty; Daughters, Kim Cogsdil (Brent), Stephanie Efnor (Chad) and Megan Beatty; Grandchildren Ali, Bella and Sam (Efnor) and Ava (Beatty) and countless dear friends. A memorial celebration will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 8 at Red Butte Garden. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Community Nursing Services Hospice program (thank you Sharon Strong, Barbara Werner and Dana Travis for your love, support and respect). Live, Love, Laugh! Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 31, 2009 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?pid=127841413#sthash.FE6fow35.dpuf Personal Note (Ted Blanchard): Babs and my wife, Mary Bohn, were both diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer around the same time. Babs drew a portrait of Mary that I used to fashion a medallion that is affixed to Mary's headstone in the Elysian Burial Gardens (Cemetery), 1075 East 4580 South, Murray, Utah, Babs was an extremely accomplished artist.
Nobody's perfect, but I don't know anyone who knew Babs that didn't think of her as a very special spirit. I very much miss her electric smile and warm, sincere personality. Terry Rushton