Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:45 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mary Beckham


Mary Beckham

March 5, 1925-March 7, 2012

Mary Beckham passed away March 7, 2012, at the Ark of Homer. She was 87.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. April 29, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Church, at the corner of Sterling Highway and Soundview Avenue. A reception will follow. All her friends are welcome.

She was born Mary Lee Cox, March 5, 1925, to Lucille Richards-Cox and Rome Edward Cox, in Columbia, Mo. The family moved to St Louis, Mo., where Mary started school at age 5. The family moved to the suburbs where she attended junior high school at Jennings, then high school at Normandy and graduated in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, she attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She took additional courses in business and accounting, but since the two majors were not compatible, she was never able to obtain a degree.

After the war, the family moved to Long Beach, Calif. On her own she worked in various business positions while attending UCLA and resided in various L.A. suburbs, finally settling in Santa Barbara where she met her late husband, Robert (Bob) W. Beckham. They were wed in Carmel, Calif., in 1964. At the time she was office manager for a chain of health-food stores in Santa Barbara, and Bob was plant supervisor at a tool and die shop.

In 1978, she and Bob moved to Homer, where they opened the Soup Bowl, a soup and sandwich shop in the Lakeside Mall. After selling the Soup Bowl in 1984, Bob worked at various restaurants in Homer and Mary conducted an accounting business out of their home.

Following their retirement, they both became very active in the local flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American Legion. Bob was also active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking and were especially sincere in their devotion as members of Faith Lutheran Church in Homer.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob Beckham, and a brother, Charles Cox.

She is survived by her brother, Richard Cox of California; a cousin, Roy Richards of Seattle, Wash.; stepchildren, Linda Risinger, of Anchorage, Mark Douglas Beckham, Sandra Fahey, and Robert W. Beckham of Tacoma, Wash.; 19 step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church, 1000 Soundview Ave., Homer, AK. 99603, or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements were made by The Homer Funeral Home and Cremation Services.