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Lansing Funeral Home
Friday March 8th, 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday March 9th, 2019

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Anna S. Beckwith

Anna S. Beckwith of Lansing died Saturday, March 2, 2019, at age 98.  After a long, fruitful life in Lansing, she recently moved to live with her daughter in Manlius and enjoyed a round of weekend parties as many of her children, grandchildren, great-children and friends were able to come see her.

A lifelong communicant of All Saints Church in Lansing, Anna served on its parish council and, for a number of years, led a small prayer and Bible-study group. She worked for many years with young people in the 4-H programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension, teaching plant science, animal science, nutrition, and recreation, and serving as day-camp director and director of summer programs. She had returned to school in mid-life, earning at age 50 an associate’s degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College. She also attended clown school, and entertained children and adults as the clown “Miss Annie.”

Anna served on the boards of directors of several local agencies and shared her Cooperative Extension knowledge as a guest on local radio programs.  She was a life member of the Lansing Senior Citizens Group.

In addition to raising her own seven children, she was foster mother to at least seven other children.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, George A. Beckwith, in 2000; son, Jeffrey A. Beckwith, at age 39 in 1995; brother, John Smith, of Lansing; John’s wife Evelyn; daughter-in-law Linda Beckwith; son-in-law Edward Trainor; and, very recently, by her sister Mary Polanski of Nazareth, PA.

Anna is survived by her children, Marguerite Trainor of Charles Town, WV, Herbert Beckwith of Safety Harbor, FL, Barbara (Stanley) Woolever of Mesquite, NV, Elizabeth (Michael) Daly of Manlius, Lawrence (Kathie) Beckwith of Etna, and John Beckwith and his friend Sue Wanczek of Shelby Township, MI; sister Agnes (Robert) Zavaski of Lansing; Jeffrey’s friend Karen Carson of Binghamton; George’s sisters and brother-in-law Dorothy Lee, Jane Koontz, and James Harold Clevenger of NC; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  In Anna’s final months, her young friend Kathleen Morrow was a steady source of support and good cheer.

Calling hours will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 14882. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Church, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY 14882, with Father Daniel Ruiz-Sierra officiating. Interment, in the spring, will be in Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery, King Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Anna’s memory may be directed to All Saints Church, at the address above, or to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or to a charity of your choice.

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Herb & familiy,
You were blessed with a wonderful Mom, grandmother for a very long time. Thank God. Peace be with you all at this time of sorrow. She is at peace.
Marty Moses

Ms. Marty Moses Mar 8 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Mar 7 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very special person. I was one of the 4H kids that she taught. I would not be the person I am today if not for her. She helped teach me the values I have today.
Shebe missed.

Pat Higgins Baker Mar 6 2019 12:00 AM

A Blooming Basket was ordered on March 6, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 6 2019 12:00 AM

Condolences to Anna's extended family and friends. As a colleague of hers with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Tompkins County, I enjoyed Anna's brilliant smile, quick wit, and jolly laugh. She was a great mentor in how to not take yourself too seriously and lived this quote:

Life is short and we have too little time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel the way with us.
O be swift to love, make haste to be kind!

nancy potter Mar 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anna Beckwith

Lansing Funeral Home Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

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With all love, The Polanski family, Louis,Thomas, Daniel, Gregory and Bridget and Dan (Breyfogle)

Expression of Sympathy Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

Grandma B,
You will forever be in our heart and memories. I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you along with my sister and son. Thank you for being a part of Jake's upbringing and making him the man he is today. I'm forever grateful to you and your family. Rest peacefully dear Grandma B. We love you!

Jen Woolever Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM

I will always remember our family get togethers, the long talks we had, the memories we shared, and the time we had together. The family and friends you leave behind will have always have a place in their hearts for you. Grandma B. touched so many people in a positive way, I can only hope we all embody your spirit of giving forward to others around us. I'm so grateful you were a part of my life and you will be missed by your family and friends always.

Jake Woolever - Grandson Mar 5 2019 12:00 AM