VeeAnn Isakson, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on 9 January, 2023 in her home in West Haven, Utah after a long battle with illness.
4 score and 4 years ago, our grandmother brought forth upon this continent an amazing daughter that we called mom.
VeeAnn was born December 16, 1938, in Whitney, Franklin County, Idaho to George and Jennie (Beckstead) Bronson. She was the 4th of 7 children. At a young age the family moved to Ogden where her mother owned and ran a boarding house and worked at Ogden Defense Depot while attending nursing school. Her grandpa Beckstead came and lived with the family. Mom was proud that she was the apple of his eye. He would take her to the movies but would not go in. She would come out to the foyer and tell him about the movie. Most of her favorite memories as a child included her grandpa and it was from him that she learned to love the Gospel.
Jennie married Maurice Laws on August 30, 1947. His family accepted VeeAnn as one of their own from that very first day. She spent many summers in Blanding, UT with them and developed a great love for Southern Utah which endured throughout her life. VeeAnn started dancing Ballet and Tap as well as playing the piano as a young girl, becoming a wonderful pianist and even teaching. In high school, she was a Bonnie Lassie, sang in the choir and was president of the rifle club (dad always said she was the best shot in the house.) She spent 2 years at Ogden High before the family moved to Maxfield Dr. and she attended Ben Lomond High for her senior year. At Ben Lomond she met Ronald (Ronnie) Brower and they were married 28 March, 1959 at the Eccles home. They were later sealed in the Ogden Temple on 28 March 1974. They had 4 children together, Paul, Mary Ellen, Heidi and Tim. They later divorced.
At this time VeeAnn returned to college, eventually earning a nursing degree from Weber State in 1982 and embarking on a career that spanned nearly 30 years. She spent many years as assistant director or director of nursing at nursing homes in Weber and Salt Lake counties. Mom was always proud of the work she did.
Also in 1982 she met Lawrence Isakson and they were married in her South Ogden home 3 January, 1983. This marriage added another five kids to the family. Jeff, Peggy, Stacy, Martin & Nikki made our family complete.. Mom and Larry absolutely loved this large, blended family. Many of our best memories were the family getting togethers with all the kids sitting around the table. It was always a tight squeeze, which made it a lot more fun. We don’t ever remember mom sitting down and eating. She was always too busy making sure everyone had enough to eat. Spaghetti was, of course, the most requested meal
Mom and Larry loved getting in the car and finding out where they would end up. They enjoyed driving up the coast and exploring places such as Ouray, Colorado Lehman’s Cave, Crater Lake and finding the mines. It was always fun hearing moms stories about where Larry took her nice car.
Mom was constantly bragging on the kids and the wonderful things they did. As smart and talented as she was, she was in awe of her children and the things they could do.
One of her greatest joys was having someone ask her a question. You always had to make sure you were not in a hurry because there was never a simple answer
Mom served in many church callings, from primary teacher to young women’s leader, but her favorite calling was always ward music leader.
Anyone who knew mom knew that It was always “too hot in here!” and “This needs salt”
Mom, we will all miss your testimony of the gospel, your knowledge, wit, conversations, and dinners.
VeeAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Ronnie, Larry and 5 of her siblings. She is survived by Jeff (Valerie) Isakson, Peggy (Buster) Faddis, Paul Brower, Mary Ellen Brower, Stacey (Dennis) Akazawa, Martin (Sharon) Isakson, Heidi (Rich) Nerden, Nikki (Joe) Argyle, Tim (Stacy) Brower, 21 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
VeeAnn will be cremated and there will be a graveside service at a later date.
We wish to thank Bristol Hospice for the wonderful care they gave her as well as the amazing staff at McKay Dee Hospital. We also wish to thank Serenicare for all of their assistance at this difficult time.
Condolences can be left at serenicare.com