Janette Hales Beckham

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10th general president of the Young Women
1992 – October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Predecessor Ardeth G. Kapp
Successor Margaret D. Nadauld
Second Counselor of the general presidency of the Young Women
1990 – 1992
Called by Ardeth G. Kapp
Predecessor Elaine L. Jack
Successor Patricia P. Pinegar
Utah House of Representatives
In office
1988 – 1991
Political party Republican
Personal details
Born Janette Callister
(1933-06-07) June 7, 1933 (age 80)
Springville, Utah
Home town Spanish Fork, Utah
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Spouse Robert H. Hales (1955-1991)
Raymond E. Beckham (1995- )
Children 5
Parents Thomas L. and Hannah C. Callister

Janette Callister Hales Beckham (commonly known as Janette C. Hales and later, Janette Hales Beckham) (born 7 June 1933) was the tenth general president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1992 to 1997. She was also a member of the Utah State Legislature from 1988 to 1991.

Biography[edit]

Janette Callister was born in Springville, Utah and raised in Spanish Fork, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University on scholarship and graduated in 1969. While at BYU, she met her husband, Robert H. Hales. They were married in 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple. The couple lived in San Antonio, Texas, New York City, and San Francisco and raised five children.

Robert H. Hales was an ophthalmologist. He wrote a book on the use of contact lenses. He was a professor of medicine at the University of Utah and a professor of nursing at Brigham Young University. Robert Hales died in March 1988 of cancer.

Shortly after her husband's death, Hales was appointed by Utah Governor Norman H. Bangerter to fill a vacancy in the Utah House of Representatives. In the November 1988 election, Hales was elected to the House as a Republican. Hales served in the 48th Utah State Legislature. She decided not to run for re-election in 1990 and stepped down after one term in January 1991.

In March 1990, when Elaine L. Jack was released as a counselor in the general presidency of the LDS Church's Young Women organization to become general president of the church's Relief Society, Young Women president Ardeth G. Kapp selected Hales as her new counselor. Hales served in this capacity until 1992, when Kapp was released and Hales was selected as her successor.

During her tenure as general president of the Young Women, Hales was assisted by four counselors: Virginia H. Pearce, Patricia P. Pinegar, Bonnie D. Parkin, and Carol B. Thomas. Pinegar went on to serve as general president of the church's Primary and Parkin went on to serve as the general president of the Relief Society. Hales was released in 1997 and succeeded by Margaret D. Nadauld.

In 1995, while serving as general Young Women president, Hales married Raymond E. Beckham and changed her surname to Beckham.

Beckham was a member of the LDS Church's Olympic Coordinating Committee for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics from 1998 to 2002. In 2004, Beckham became a member of the Utah Valley State College Board of Trustees and later served as the chair of the board.[1] She and her husband live in Provo, Utah.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Utah Valley State College: Board of Trustees, uvsc.edu, accessed 2008-08-13.

References[edit]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Ardeth G. Kapp
President of the Young Women
1992-October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Succeeded by
Margaret D. Nadauld
Preceded by
Elaine L. Jack
Second Counselor of the general
presidency of the Young Women

1990-1992
Succeeded by
Patricia P. Pinegar
Political offices
Preceded by
 
48th Utah State Legislature
1988-1991
Succeeded by