May 06, 2002
Margaret Blanche Beekman Margaret Beekman, 83, of Fort Collins, Colorado and Santa Paula died April 25, 2002 after a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s.Margaret was born May 8, 1918 in Havre, Montana. At a young age she moved with her family to Wyoming, and later to California. She graduated from Ventura High School in 1935, and attended Woodbury College for two years. She and Jack Beekman were married in Ventura and lived for many years in Fillmore, where she served on the Ventura County Grand Jury.In 1954 the family moved to Santa Paula. Margaret was always interested in and involved with the youth of her community. She taught Sunday School for many years at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Santa Paula. She loved to bowl, and participated in many bowling leagues in Santa Paula and throughout Ventura County. She and Jack were deeply involved with junior bowling in Santa Paula, and Margaret was an organizer and champion of junior bowling for many years. For the last years of her life in Ventura County, she attended St. George’s Anglican Church in Ventura.Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, George and Gertrude MacPherson of Fillmore; her sister Dorothy Case of Fillmore; and her husband, Jack Beekman of Santa Paula. She will be dearly missed by her children, Jim Beekman and wife Kris of Santa Paula, and Jackie Bennett and husband Tim of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Kathi Lowry and family of Houston, Texas, Jon Beekman of Austin, Texas, Shannon Bennett and great-granddaughter Taylour of Fort Collins, Brian Bennett of Denver, Colorado, Laurie Meza and husband John of Denver, Colorado, Dean Bennett and wife Karen and great-grandchildren Andrew and Madelyn of Fort Collins, and Patrick and Andrew Beekman. She is also survived by her closest friend and greatest ally, her identical twin sister Margery Hammond and husband, the Right Reverend Dr. H. Reginald Hammond of Fillmore. She is also survived by nieces Susan Dollar and family of Fillmore, and Anne Burson and family of Fillmore; nephew Bob Hammond and family of Hollister; and grandnephews Tom Hammond of Tucson and Michael Hammond and family of San Diego.
A graveside service will be held at the Santa Paula Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, and there will be a memorial service at St. George’s Anglican Church, Ventura on July 5. All are welcome to say goodbye to Margaret. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Santa Paula.Please make any memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Site Search



Call 805 525 1890 to receive the entire paper early. $50.00 for one year.