Nancy Bean, founder of the local clothing bank, named Emily Braithwaite Woman of Service


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Nancy Bean received the Emily Braithwaite Women of Service Award in the Miss Sanpete Scholarship Competition.

EPHRAIM – “How about a woman who has touched so many lives,” said Hannah Lewis, daughter of this year’s Emily Braithwaite Woman of Service Award.

To a standing ovation, Nancy Bean of Manti received a bouquet of flowers and a plaque at the Miss Sanpete pageant on Saturday August 7 at the Snow College Eccles Center.

The award is named after Emily Braithwaite, who was an assistant to Miss Sanpete and who later carried the title of Miss Sanpete.

From 2003 until her death from lupus in 2015 at the age of 34, Braithwaite was involved as a candidate, board member, volunteer and mentor with the Miss Sanpete organization. Bean is the third recipient of this award.

Alvin Bean and Nancy married in 1993 and combined their families from previous relationships, four from him and five from her. They then had a child of their own, which makes a total of 10 before adoptions. They have adopted four children over the years. Children in foster care are not left out. There are a total of at least 15 children she has been taken in.

“Service in our community is one way she instilled in us to work together as a team,” her daughter said.

She was involved in the original clothing bank and interpreter for the deaf.

Nancy’s service orientation did not start with foster care. All her children remember her welcoming “wanderers”. She always said, “We’re just going to add more water to the soup. “

Nancy’s home was a regular place of refuge for her 10 children, four adopted children, and many foster children and friends.

His family numbers more than 100 people. She served in many callings in her church, including Boy Scouts and Young Women, as well as the Primary for many years. She was part of the Manti Mormon Miracle contest as a member of the cast, but more importantly as a cab service bringing kids to and from workouts and performances over the years.

His most recent service in the community is Post-Adoption Cluster Courses and The Resource Clothing Bank.

As part of her desire to help people in need, especially the foster family community, she petitioned and informed about the foster care system. She has spoken to senators and Utah officials about the laws surrounding foster care at meetings in Pennsylvania, Long Island and Washington.

Nancy’s friend Darcie Dickinson said Nancy has a big heart and an understanding most people don’t have for tough situations. She always pulls back from whatever is going on and ends up with a positive attitude and a positive smile, even when she tries to convince herself that everything will be fine.

“Nancy is one of my heroes,” Dickinson said. “She is human; but has the ability to reset and keep fighting for the best and tries to smile while doing so.


Gladys T. Hensley

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