Susan Ann Beckwith

Nov 24, 1944 - Mar 24, 2021

Obituary

Susan Ann (Robinson) Beckwith, age 76, died peacefully at home in the company of her husband and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend.  All who knew her could tell she was bright, an asset, and in charge. Susie had a beautiful soul, she was generous, kind and caring.

 She was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts on November 24, 1944.  In 1964, Susie graduated from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA as a paralegal with a business degree. She worked for several law firms in Springfield, MA, building an excellent reputation. Seeking adventure, she took a legal secretary position in Phoenix, Arizona. Susie proved that she was determined, courageous and had ability to manage complicated legal cases. It is in Phoenix that she met Charles Allan Beckwith of Winslow, AZ and they married in August 1969.  As a military family they made their homes over the years in Topeka, Kansas; Ithaca, NY, Odenton, Maryland; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Sacramento, California.  As a military wife, Susie served with the Officer’s Wives Clubs, earning their praise and admiration. Her skills and success at management earned the respect of military leaders. In Ithaca, Susie served as assistant registrar at the College of Architecture Art Planning at Cornell University.  She especially enjoyed travel and the appreciation of many cultures.  With her husband they visited Europe, Great Britain, and most of the Baltic and Mediterranean countries.   At the age of 44, she studied for a degree in Sociology at California State Sacramento University and graduated Cum Laude. Susie was instrumental in starting the Volunteer Youth Program at Community General Hospital in Callicoon, NY, and presented the youth volunteers with 50 hours service patches. Susie’s skill and success at training, leading and overseeing the youth volunteers’ program was reflected in nearly 500 hours of assisting hospital staff members.

 Susie is preceded in death by her parents, Berthe (Rouillard) and Charles Robinson of Chicopee, MA. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Allan, her daughter, Mary Gannon and her husband Timothy Gannon, as well as two grandsons, Collin Gannon and his wife Haley Licha, of Baltimore, MD and Adam Gannon, and his fiancée Marisa Sisneros of Los Angeles, CA. Thank you to Sutter Home Health and Hospice Care for their loving care and special thanks to Torika, Lisa, Dr. Sodhi and Dr. Tak, Raven and Dr Ericson. Friends wishing to honor Susie may make donations to Sacramento SPCA or Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center, 450 W. El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95833.

 

Guestbook

  • Janet and August Beucke says:

    Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the passing of our lifelong friend, Susie. We will forever remember her as a joyous and sparkling girl, full of fun and good humor. She took on a steady pursuit of education, becoming a woman of accomplishment and numerous achievements, always giving of herself in so many ways,

    She was a wonderful and loving wife to her husband, Allan, a a mother who loved their children and grandchildren and was so proud of them, both as youngsters and grownups.

    Susie and I, (Janet) met when she lived in Chicopee and became good friends when we worked together as secretaries in the same law office, and we had wonderful times as traveling companions.

    When she and Allan married they moved to many diverse locations throughout the country, lastly to their beautiful home in Sacramento. All through the years she and I remained devoted to one another, and Allan and she and Gus and I enjoyed a very special long-distance friendship.

    All through her long illness, Susie showed strength and hope, with Allan constantly by her side, providing care and comfort to her We know you are suffering now, Allan, in this difficult and grievous time. Please know that our friendship will go on and you are in our thoughts and prayers as you continue to heal from your loss of dear Susie. You have our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy,

    May you be blessed, and may Susie rest in peace.

  • Jane and Jon Mckallor says:

    We are so sorry, Allan, that we have lost Susie. Susie was my sister in law. I remember when we first met her. We we re thrilled that she would become your wife. Susie was always so much fun. She was also so giving in helping out when needed. She had such a sense of humor and delighted in kidding or pulling her little pranks on her friends.
    I know that you, Allan, have a big void in losing Susie, but I also know that, after all of her suffering, she is happy in heaven.
    We were blest with the privilege of knowing her.

  • Shelly, Trent and family says:

    Susie was such a special aunt. She always had a smile on her face and was so generous, gracious and kind when we visited. I will always remember her sweet disposition and cherish the memories of our visits and our correspondence especially this past year. Susie will be greatly missed. Much love to you Allan, Mary and family.

  • Anne Hand says:

    Aunt Susie was such a special person. We had such fun when our families were together. I will always remember her humor, concern for others and her style.
    Uncle Allan and Mary I am here for you.
    Love,
    Anne

  • AMY KNUDSEN says:

    Many fond memories of Aunt Susie and family get togethers. She always had a smile, was thoughtful and had a great sense of humor – adding a wink for punctuation! She will be missed!

    Love to Uncle Allan, Mary and the rest of the family!

  • Alan Johnson says:

    Our sincere condolences to Allan and family.
    As a neighbor, we always enjoyed Susie and her kindness.
    She will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.
    Love and Hugs,
    Alan and Lacey Johnson

  • Pat and Sue Beckwith says:

    Brother Allan. Your Susie and my Sue combined as sisters-in-law. Both of us love and miss Susie extremely. She was a beautiful Lady. GOD BLESS you and Mary and family.

  • Richard says:

    Susan will always be a wonderful cousin. I smile when I think about my visits to California and Susan and Allan would drive down to meet me in San Francisco and Sausalito for brunch. We had so many great phone conversations talking about our family history. She told me how much she enjoyed all of the pictures I sent her of my little grandson. I have a heavy heart knowing she’s no longer with us. I’m glad to think that she’s in heaven with her parents again. I am very fortunate to have had such a wonderful cousin in my life. I know we will meet again someday. Love Richard

  • Carol Woodruff says:

    Just thinking of my Aunt Susie brings a warmth to my heart and soul. She was one of the kindest people that I know. Her sense of humor was wonderful. I remember the many holidays spent with Aunt Susie, Uncle Allan, and Mary. They are some of my best childhood memories. I remember Aunt Susie driving us around Topeka in Old Blue (at least I think that’s what she called her car!).

    She was always there for my family and my Mom especially loved spending time with her. I’m sure I never told her enough how much I loved and appreciated her.

    Heaven truly has another angel. God’s peace be with the family.

    Love, Carol

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