Margaret H.F. Beckwith
|Margaret H.F. Beckwith|
Born on July 19, 1921, Mrs. Beckwith grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the Great Depression. As a young woman she loved to dance and sing with orchestras at local venues in Charlotte. She later moved to Dayton, Ohio, to work as a manicurist. In 1950 she married James Poor Fristoe of Washington, D.C., a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Together they had many adventures in the Air Force life: traveling to different postings around the country, finally settling in Washington, D.C. They had one child, Lenora, in 1959. They were divorced in 1978.
Mrs. Beckwith volunteered with the American Red Cross volunteer program at Walter Reed Army Hospital and the National Naval Medical Center during the 1950s and for the American Cancer Society during the 1960s. She was a member or the Maryland Order of the Eastern Star.
In 1979, she married Robert “Bob” Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln, and resident of Middlesex County. They also had many interesting experiences as a couple, visiting many Lincoln related sites and celebrations in Illinois and Iowa. She was widowed in 1985.
Mrs. Beckwith was a petite, yet larger than life and colorful character who left her unique mark on everyone she met. She resided in the Washington, D.C., area until 2008.
She will be remembered for her great Southern style and generosity. She asked that memorial gifts be made in honor of her late beloved husband, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, to The Gettysburg College c/o Civil War Institute, Campus Box 435, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law. Lenora and John Hoverson of Hartfield; granddaughters, Ms. Elizabeth Wilkes of Quogue, N.Y., and Mrs. Christina West of Richmond, and a grandson, James Hoverson of Newport News.
Mrs. Beckwith had a lasting impact on the lives of many and will be remembered as a lively Southern Belle.