Beatrice Schena named Grand Marshal of the PRCA rodeo
Beatrice Joyce Taylor Schena, 91, was born in Ruth, Nevada to Aroet Franklin and Ella May Parry Taylor.
She lived there until the summer before her 5th year when she moved with her family to Hinckley, UT to be close to her grandparents as her mother (Ella May) fell ill due to a deficiency. congestive heart.
Beatrice remembers living on the fourth floor on the side of a mountain in the former mining town of Ruth. She wore riding pants to school over thick woolen socks during the winter months to protect herself from the freezing temperatures of the Nevada desert.
While the rest of the girls wore dresses to school, Beatrice was questioned by some of her classmates as to why she was wearing pants. Although it bothered some of her friends, teachers and professors never approached her about her clothing selection. The rest of Beatrice’s school years were spent at Hinckley where she was a proud Hinckley Mustang. She graduated from Hinckley High School in 1946.
She grew up in a family of four brothers and one sister. His siblings include: Parry, Forrest, Darrel and Floyd, and Emily is his sister. Beatrice was the second of six children. Her beloved mother died when she was 13 and her father married Reva Spendlove a year later. Floyd and Emily are half-siblings.
At nine, Beatrice took over the role of family baker, a job she excelled at and took very seriously. She has always been an excellent cook. Some of its most popular foods are ravioli, rolls, deity, pecan logs, and cinnamon rolls.
She has often demonstrated at Relief Society meetings and won numerous county fair awards for her food entries. When she was invited to a potluck, she was usually asked to bring her homemade buns, and family members argued over each other after family gatherings.
At Christmas time, she was baking 24 different kinds of cookies, and much to the chagrin of her children, she delivered most of them to her family and friends. For deer hunting, Beatrice made six molds of cinnamon buns, often covering them with a slice of ham and called it a meal when a quick meal was needed.
This delicacy was so revered by his family that many times they would have preferred the combination of ham and cinnamon buns rather than a meal. Sewing was also one of Béatrice’s talents. She made all of her children’s clothes during their growing years.
In the third year, Beatrice began to read the newspaper. Since then, she reads it from start to finish every week and has always been well informed about the news. Reading has been an important part of her life and a hobby that she has enjoyed. Bernadine remembers her mother reading chapters to her and her siblings at bedtime. At the end of the reading time, the children would beg her to read more. A horse named Frog was one of their favorite books. Beatrice also loved crochet as a hobby and did a lot of beautiful things.
As a child, Beatrice was eager to be part of the church choir. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, so when she was old enough she enthusiastically joined and was a member of the choir until she was 89 when her voice started to make her default. Beatrice traveled with several high councilors during her teenage years as a musical number in sacrament meeting.
During her senior year, Beatrice had one of the main roles in the school musical. She was able to perform on each of the four nights scheduled for the musical as her co-leader fell ill. Even though she felt bad for the girl she shared the lead role with, Beatrice extremely enjoyed the experience.
One of Beatrice’s favorite childhood memories is playing football with the boys when she was in her second year in high school, which was her favorite pastime. Her father arrived around the time she was tackled, and it goes without saying that Beatrice never played football with the boys again.
Beatrice was an accomplished horse rider when she was a young girl. She and her friends would leave on their horses early in the morning and return shortly before nightfall, spending all day on their horses. Their horseback rides usually included a delicious picnic and a dip in the River Sevier. Three of Beatrice’s brothers and a son have participated in the rodeo throughout their lives and have been very successful. Her husband was somewhat of a horse whisperer, and three of her granddaughters made it to the National High School Rodeo Finals, two in the breakaway and goat tying events and one as the queen of the rodeo. from Utah High School.
When Beatrice got married, because he feared for her well-being, her husband put the kibosh on his horse riding activities, but made sure that his children had reliable horses to ride on the farm. Rain, rain, snow or hail, not to mention the wind, Beatrice has never missed a local rodeo. Whether it’s the Hinckley rodeo or the Days of the Old West rodeo, she’s always there to put down roots with the cowboys and make fun of the clowns. When hunting for deer, which was a very important event for the family every year, most hunters rode horses to shoot deer. To hunt, Beatrice wore a 30/30 and was a very successful hunter. She never missed a deer hunt even when she was pregnant.
After high school, Beatrice worked as a telephone operator, which inadvertently introduced her to her husband, Boyd Angelo John Schena. She helped him make a phone call, while he teased and flirted with her. She then met him in person at a basketball game in town, when he climbed into the stands and sat down next to her. Their love had been sparked, and after just three dates, he proposed. One of those dates included trying one of Beatrice’s home cooked meals to make sure she was a good cook. When Beatrice started having children, she took a sabbatical from the phone company until they were older. When she returned to work, she became a successful union negotiator for telephone operators.
The gospel has been an important part of Beatrice’s life and she has had many callings. Her husband didn’t join the church until he was 57, but a year later they were sealed in the temple – one of the most important days of his life.
Boyd and Beatrice raised six beautiful children, four sons (Angelo, Ree, John and Gino) and two daughters (Bernadine and Debbie). Margo, a third daughter, died at birth. The children learned to work hard, to cope with what they had, to appreciate the simple life, to live economically and to speak for themselves and what they believe. They lived by the “family first” standard.
Beatrice lost the love of her life to cancer. At 65, Boyd had just retired. They were going to start traveling and having fun as a retired couple, when Boyd fell ill. Beatrice has been widowed for 32 years, but has traveled from near and far to support children and grandchildren in all the endeavors they have been involved in. She has also traveled with Great Basin Tours to many fun places.
Beatrice has always been proud of the fact that her great-great-great-grandfather was Brigham Young’s little brother – Lorenzo Dow Young.
Throughout her life, Béatrice has shown good citizenship. She was a member of the DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers), an adult leader of the Hinckley Youth Council and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; in which, she was responsible for displaying white crosses and American flags on the graves of servicemen each Memorial Day at Hinckley Cemetery. She has also coached women’s softball – church league. She made sure that her children also participated in community activities. She once sewn a Statue of Liberty costume for Bernadine to wear while her cousin Neno was dressed as Uncle Sam in order to participate in the children’s parade in the July 4th celebration.
Bernadine stood in a small wagon proudly brandishing her torch, as Neno led her down Main Street. As you might expect, it wasn’t always pretty when Uncle Sam had to stop quickly. She also dressed her kids as cowboys and one-year-old Indians for the July 24 parade in Hinckley.
Béatrice is known for her dancing. She loved to watch the dances, especially the American Legion dances. She would dance the night away, never missing a song. To this day, if she hears great music playing, no matter where she is, she will get up and dance.
Béatrice is the proud father of seven children, 18 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Béatrice would like to thank those who chose her to be the Grand Marshal this year. She is very honored.