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Mary Elizabeth Beckwith, 69 - November 30, 2011


Mary Elizabeth Beckwith, 69, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, from cancer.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Presbyterian Church at Kadoka, SD, with the Rev. Gary McCubbin officiating. Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Presbyterian Church and one hour preceding the services on Tuesday.
Beckwith was born at Plattsmouth on Sept. 6, 1942, the daughter of Eugene and Lova (Sell) Bushnell. While she was young, her father became an American Sunday School Union (ASSU) missionary. The family resided at several rural South Dakota and Nebraska communities, where her father established rural Sunday Schools, conducted Vacation Bible Schools and summer camps.
She attended high school at Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller, SD, and attended college at Briercrest Bible Institute in Canada. Later, she served as a short-term missionary for ASSU in Tennessee.
On April 21, 1968, she was united in marriage to Larry Beckwith at Kadoka. To this union, three children were born. The family lived in Kadoka until the summer of 1987. From there, they lived at Rapid City, Hot Springs, Cedar Falls, IA, Gothenburg, and then returned to Kadoka/Rapid City in 2010.
Beckwith was primarily a homemaker. She truly loved being a wife, mother and grandmother, said family members. For several years, she was actively involved in children’s ministries, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Release Time and Awana.
She enjoyed preparing meals and treats for family and friends, and was young at heart and known for her sense of humor, according to family members.
Beckwith was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Bushnell on Nov. 11, 1996.
Survivors include: her husband, Larry Beckwith of Rapid City; three daughters—Kari (Stephen) Pizzini of Jonesboro, GA, Amy (Dean) Davis and Andrea Beckwith, all of Rapid City; four grandchildren—Ali, Owen, Aiden and Joseph; her mother, Lova M. Bushnell of Kadoka; a brother, David (Sharon) Bushnell of Kennebec; two sisters—Susan (Dennis) Schultz of Pardeeville, WI, and Kathy (George) Nite of Redding, CA; numerous other relatives.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements have been placed with Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka

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