In Memory

Charlotte Beckett

Randell Weiss is the source of this information on Charlotte Beckett--

Charlotte Martha Beckett
21 Oct 1951 - 16 Oct 2000
AKA Charlotte M. Canales, Charlotte B. Canales
Last resided in Rockville, MD 20852.

Only child of Dr. Charles William Beckett (23 Sep 1907 - 3 Feb 1983) & Helen Jaeger Speiser Beckett (Abt. 1914 - 1972). Step-sister of Helena Jones, formerly of Eau Claire, WI; Michael G. R. Speiser of Frederick, MD (16 Jan 1943 - 18 May 1987); and Tricia McCort, formerly of Elkridge, MD.

She was a shy girl with a good heart and a lovely smile. I knew her from international folk dancing led weekly by Larry Wiener. She enjoyed making ceramics so much that she went to Alfred University in Alfred, NY to study it professionally, but she may not have graduated.

Something brought her back to Maryland, perhaps the ill health of her mother who passed in 1972 before the age of 60. Charlotte’s father was attacked by rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 16, leaving him bedridden for many years and walking on crutches ever after. Charlotte herself was hospitalized awhile in her youth. Perhaps her health was fragile as well.

It is difficult to find traces of Charlotte Beckett on the Internet because so many women share the same name and because her life was so abbreviated. I want to thank Dean Osgood who confirmed that I found the obituary of her father (Washington Post, 5 Feb 1983) where she is recorded  as Charlotte Beckett Canales of Silver Spring, MD but without mention of a son-in-law.

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10/09/19 12:53 PM #2    

Lynnie (William L. ) Cook

My thanks to Randy and Dean for letting us know. I remember Charlott well and think I liked her at Bradley Elementary in a way that is reserved for those in elementary school. (Oh for life to be that simple and pure once again.) She was always very friendly, talkitive and had a great smile. In fact, I cannot think of a time when she wasn't smiling. I had no idea that she went to Whitman but it was a very big school and people lose track of one another. I was particularly sadden to hear that she died at an early age and the fact that she might have been suffering for years prior to her passing. No one deserve that fate. Farewell Charlotte, I will truly miss you.

10/11/19 12:05 PM #3    

Lisa Johnston (Howorth (Class President))

I get your point, Trout, but I know Marian didnt mean any disrespect. I actually think that most people use that phrase regarding a cancer death as a way to respect the terrible struggle and endurance of a cancer victim, and not to imply that they failed in any way.  And I hope you're doing well--you seemed great at R50!   Love, Lisa

10/12/19 09:53 AM #4    

Lynn Williams (Jensen)

All of these "In Memory" pages are sad, but this was especially poignant. I had been thinking about Charlotte recently, while reminiscing about Bradley School pals I hadn't seen in decades. I imagined her now with a mane of flowing white hair, working at a potter's wheel. I had no idea she had been gone so long. She had such a sweet spirit and smile. RIP, Charlotte.

10/12/19 12:11 PM #5    

Kathy Trout (Horvath)

Hey Lisa,

My point here is that that we should be careful not to release any information here about someone's death that the deceased's family hasn't approved, such as suicide, drug addicition, whatever.  I was definitely experimenting with drugs in the in 1969-70.  Do I want that widely known? No.  But I'm risking it here.  It would be a shame to share our classmate's dark periods with the Class.  

10/13/19 01:05 PM #6    

Lisa Johnston (Howorth (Class President))

I get it! We all have our mental and phyiscal issues these days. I hope I'm not remembered for being CHEAP, as  that mean-ass German homeroom teacher said I was!!!  xoLisa

10/13/19 04:40 PM #7    

Kathy Trout (Horvath)

Lisa - Too funny!  I know a lot of horror stories from the last 60's to the early 70's.  It was a long wild ride.

10/14/19 11:06 AM #8    

Marian Greenspan

As Lynnie and Lynn have written, Charlotte had a wonderful smile.  After she visited my house, my dad, who didn't usually notice much about my high school friends, remarked on how nice her smile was.  Like Lynn, I wish she were still around, smiling as she sat at her potter's wheel.

10/15/19 10:11 AM #9    

Lauren Liebling (Liebling-Davis)

Lisa, I think it's time to reclaim cheap! xLauren


10/15/19 12:12 PM #10    

Lisa Johnston (Howorth (Class President))

LOL, Lauren! xo lisa

10/18/20 05:10 PM #11    

Lucy Roedder (Garcia)

My precious friend! What a lovely, creative spirit! So original. So kind. Very true to herself. I am so sorry I didn't know of her passing until now. I loved her as a friend passionately and would love to be in contact with Dean and others who loved her as well. 

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