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Family suffers tragic loss


Mary Alice Wahlstrom
Mary Alice Wahlstrom
Carolyn Beug
Carolyn Beug

KAYSVILLE, UTAH — Two members of the Church, Mary Alice Wahlstrom and her daughter, Carolyn Beug, were killed Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Sister Wahlstrom, 75, of the Kaysville 17th Ward, Kaysville Utah East Stake, was on board the airliner bound from Boston to Los Angeles with Sister Beug after taking the latter's twin daughters to Brown University in Rhode Island. Sister Wahlstrom was to get off in Salt Lake City, while Sister Beug was to continue on to Los Angeles. Sister Beug, a Hollywood musician, won acclaim for her work on the soundtrack for Disney's "Pocahontas."

"Some of the news [media] kept calling and asking if we were mad, and if we hated these people [who conducted the attacks]," said Margaret Wahlstrom, who is married to Sister Wahlstrom's son, Norman Jr., also of the Kaysville 17th Ward. "They can't really hurt us. Yes, they can take our lives away, but they can't take the gospel, they can't take our testimony, they can't take our love, they can't take those things that are important away from us."

Sister Wahlstrom recalled the life of Norman Sr. and Mary Alice, who met after World War II in Germany where Brother Wahlstrom had been a pilot with the Berlin Airlift. Sister Wahlstrom was not a Church member at the time, but was baptized after marrying Brother Wahlstrom. In 1967, they were sealed in the Oakland California Temple.

The elder Brother and Sister Wahlstrom have been temple workers in the Logan Utah and Los Angeles California temples and were ushers on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. "Mary Alice loved more than anything to usher on Temple Square. She's a people person. I never saw her not happy and loving everything she did."

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