JEFFERSON — Doris V. Beckwith, age 86, of S. Market St., Jefferson, died Saturday morning, March 15, 2014, at Jefferson Healthcare Center where she had been a patient the past two weeks.
She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Ashtabula, the daughter of Andrew F. and Gladys V. (Chidester) Toppin and had been an Ashtabula County resident all of her life, moving to Jefferson in 1979 from Richmond Township. Mrs. Beckwith was a graduate of Dorset High School and the Ashtabula Business College. She was married to Loyd O. Beckwith on June 7, 1959 in New Lyme Township.
Mrs. Beckwith was a 1994 retiree from the Ashtabula Co. Clerk of Courts office where she worked for 30 years. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Jefferson, the Church Belle’s, the Top’s Club #1072, the Dorset High School Alumni Assoc. and the Covered Bridge Festival. Her enjoyments included visiting with family and friends, knitting and collecting salt and pepper shakers and Coca-Cola items.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce A. (Patty) Beckwith of Geneva and Todd L. (Rose Mary) Beckwith of Louisville, Ky.; son-in-law, Larry “Jake” Ewing of Jefferson; daughter-in-law, Doris M. Beckwith of Cherry Valley Township; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred in 1969 and Gladys in 1978; her husband, Loyd in 1965; daughter, Carolyn Ewing in 2003; son, Martin Beckwith in 2008; a grandson, John Ewing in 1999; a brother, Ray “Pete” Toppin in 1993; and sister-in-law, Esther Toppin in 1980.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the Jefferson Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND CREMATORY, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. James Brehler, of First Congregational United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Rays Corners Cemetery.
Calling Hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047.
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