Sally Ann Besch Almquist Hinton

An exceptional lady, a light to many, and certainly one of a kind. Sally Ann Besch Almquist Hinton – Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend left this earth at the age of 92 on April 27, 2021.

Sally was born October 23, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Michael William Besch and Gertrude Elizabeth Runkle Besch. Sally always felt fortunate to have wonderful parents and a happy childhood growing up in Toluca Lake, California. At a young age, she began piano lessons. She continued piano education and graduated from Marken High School for the Performing Arts. As a concert pianist, she had the opportunity to play with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sally had a passion for education, and ` attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.

On August 7, 1948, Sally married Eldon Paul Almquist. They had two children while living in Arcadia, California, Melinda, and Gilbert. The family moved to Lake Arrowhead, California in 1963 where Sally shared her enthusiasm for music at schools and family gatherings. Paul and Sally later moved to Saint George, Utah, where he passed away July 13, 1980. Sally re-married Orvan Dean Hinton on October 23, 2001, who deceased on December 17, 2011.

Sally is survived by her daughter Melinda Lyons (Jay) and Gilbert Almquist (Jill), five grandchildren, Robyn Lyons, Alec Lyons, Ceri Almquist Steele (Derek), Lexy Almquist Reber (Josh), Skyler Almquist (Ashlin), and six great-grandchildren Madelynn Steele, Cole Steele, Beckett Steele, Evelyn Reber, Brant Reber, and Andrew Reber.

Sally’s life was always filled with family, friends, nature, and her faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. She gave her warmth, infectious smile, and service to the community. Her passion for music will be carried on through her family, friends, and students to whom she extended her teachings and love of the piano. She accompanied the choir at Pine View High, and her beautiful music performed in the St. George Tabernacle, weddings, and church services will always be remembered. We thank her for those memories.

A celebration of her life will be held Monday, May 3, 2021, at 3:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Fort Pierce Chapel, 750 Fort Pierce Dr, St. George, UT 84790

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Washington County Children’s Justice Center

463 East 500 South, St. George, UT 84770.

Checks payable to Friends of the WCCJC

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Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Sally’s online guest book at




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6 Responses

  1. Dear Melinda,
    So sorry for your loss! Your mother was so talented! She’s a wonderful lady!
    With sympathy!
    Trish Wade Mecham

    1. Hi Trish,
      Nice to hear from you.
      Yes, she was quite a talent I so many ways.
      She loved life and everyone.

  2. Sally accompanied me for several years when I was a teenager so she has always had a special place in my heart. We have continued to correspond over the years via letters and Christmas cards and I looked forward to hearing from her. I will miss her very much. My condolences to her family.

  3. Dear Melinda and Gil and your families,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Aunt Sally was a wonderful blessing in our lives. Thank you for sharing her with our family. May God continue to bless and keep each of you.

  4. Sally loved people. She also served them. She had a wonderful testimony and shared it just right. She also had a magical talent that she gifted to everyone when they heard her play the piano or organ. Her fingers had magic in them!! We used to love to listen to her in our St. George 8 ward and at the Tabernacle –or at her home.

    We are grateful to have had to the chance to know her and Br. Hinton. Her music is probably filling the Heavens right now!! When she died the world lost a big heart and a huge talent.

  5. Sally was a great lady, and she thrived in the end because of the great care you gave her Melinda. I will treasure the times I was able to care for her, and her stories will always make me smile. She is at peace now, in the presence of her God.

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