Grand Marshal

Beatrice Schena
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Days of the Old West Rodeo Grand Marshal 2021

 

91 year old Beatrice Joyce Taylor Schena, was born in Ruth Nevada to Aroet Franklin Taylor and Ella May Parry Taylor. She lived there until the summer before her 5th grade year when she moved with her family to Hinckley, UT to be close to her grandparents as her mother (Ella May) become ill due to Congestive Heart Failure. Beatrice remembers living on the fourth tier on the side of a mountain of the old mining town of Ruth. She wore riding pants to school over thick wool socks during the winter months to protect herself from the bitter cold temperatures of the Nevada desert. As the rest of the girls wore dresses to school, Beatrice was questioned by some of her classmates why she wore pants. Although it bothered some of her friends, teachers and faculty never approached her concerning her clothing selection. The rest of Beatrice’s school years were spent in Hinckley where she was a proud Hinckley Mustang. She Graduated from Hinckley High School in 1946.

 

She grew up in a household of four brothers and a sister. Her brothers include: Parry, Forrest, Darrel, and Floyd, and Emily is her 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. Both Floyd and Emily are half siblings.

 

At age nine, Beatrice took over the role as the family bread maker, a job she excelled at and took very seriously. She has always been an excellent cook. Some of her most well liked edibles are raviolis, dinner rolls, divinity, pecan logs, and cinnamon rolls. She often gave demonstrations at Relief Society meetings and won many awards at the county fair for her food entries. When invited to a pot luck dinner, she was usually asked to bring her homemade dinner rolls and family members would fight over the extra ones after family get-togethers. At Christmas time, she would bake 24 different kinds of cookies, and to the chagrin of her children, she would deliver most of them to family and friends. For the deer hunt, Beatrice would bake six pans of cinnamon rolls, often topping them with a slice of ham and calling it a meal when a speedy one was required. This delicacy was so revered by her family that many times, they would have rather had the ham and cinnamon roll combination than a meal. Sewing was also one of Beatrice’s talents. She made all of her children’s clothing during their growing up years.

 

In the third grade, Beatrice began reading the newspaper. She has read it from front to back on a weekly basis ever since and has always been well informed on current events. Reading has been an important part of her life and a hobby that she has enjoyed. Bernadine remembers her mother reading chapter books to her and her siblings at bedtime. When reading time was over, the children would beg her to read more. A Horse Named Frog was one of their favorite books. Beatrice also enjoyed crocheting as a hobby and made many beautiful things.

 

As a child, Beatrice couldn’t wait to be a member of the church choir. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing so when she was old enough, she eagerly joined and had been a choir member until the age of 89 when her singing voice began to fail her. Beatrice traveled with several high councilmen during her teenage years, as the musical number during sacrament meeting. During her senior year, Beatrice had one of the leads in the school musical. She was able to preform each of the four nights scheduled for the musical as her co-lead became ill. Although she felt terrible for the girl with whom she shared the lead role, Beatrice extremely enjoyed the experience.

 

One of Beatrice’s favorite childhood memories is playing tackle football with the boys when she was a sophomore in high school, which was a favorite pastime of hers. Her father happened to come along about the time she had been tackled, and needless to say, Beatrice never played tackle football with the boys again.

 

Beatrice was an accomplished equestrian as a young girl. She and her girlfriends would leave on their horses early in the morning hours and return shortly before dark, spending the entire day on the back of their horses. Their horse rides usually included a delicious picnic and a skinny dip in the Sevier River. Three of Beatrice’s brothers and a son participated in rodeo throughout their lives and was very successful. Her Husband was a horse whisperer of sorts, and three of her granddaughters qualified for the National High School Rodeo finals, two in the breakaway and goat tying events and one as the Utah High School Rodeo Queen. When Beatrice was married, because he feared for her well being, her husband put the kibosh on her horse riding activities but made sure that his children had reliable horses to ride on the homestead. Come rain, sleet, snow, or hail, and lets include wind, Beatrice has never missed a local rodeo. Whether it’s the Hinckley Rodeo or Days of the Old West Rodeo, she’s always there rooting on the cowboys and laughing at the clowns. During the deer hunt, which was a very important event for the family each year, most of the hunters rode horses to draw out the deer. To hunt with, Beatrice carried 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 later met him in person at a city basketball game, when he climbed up the bleachers and sat by her. Their love had been sparked, and after just three dates, he proposed. One of those dates included trying out one of Beatrice’s home cooked meals to make sure that she was a good cook. When Beatrice began having kids, she took a sabbatical from the telephone company until they were older. When she went back to work, she became a successful Union Negotiator for the telephone operators.

 

The Gospel has been an important part of Beatrice’s life, and she has held 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 her 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 make do with what they had, to appreciate the simple life, to live economically, and to speak up for themselves and what they believe. Family always comes first, was the standard they lived. Beatrice lost the love of her life to cancer. At the age of 65, Boyd had just retired. They were going to start traveling and having fun as a retired couple, when Boyd became ill. Beatrice has been a widow for 32 years but has traveled near and far to support children and grandchildren in whatever endeavor they have been involved. She also traveled with Great Basin Tours to many fun locations.

 

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, Beatrice has been civically minded. She was a member of the DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers), an adult leader for 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 the servicemen each memorial day at the Hinckley cemetery. She also coached girls softball - church league. She made sure that her kids were involved in community activities too. Once, she sewed a Statue of Liberty costume for Bernadine to wear while her cousin Neno was dressed like Uncle Sam in order to participate in the kiddy parade during the 4th of July Celebration. Bernadine stood in a little wagon proudly holding up her torch, while Neno pulled her down main street. As you would expect, it wasn’t always pretty when Uncle Sam had to quickly make a stop. She also dressed her children like cowboys and Indians one year for the Hinckley 24th of July parade.

 

Beatrice is known for her dancing. She loved to attend dances especially the American Legion dances. She would dance all night, never missing a song. To this day, if she hears good music playing, no matter where she is, she will get up and dance.

 

Beatrice is the proud progenitor of seven children, 18 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

 

Beatrice would like to thank those who chose her to be the Grand Marshal this year. She is very honored.