(Whittlesey) Beckwith, 97, formerly of Edge Street, Ipswich died
January 24, 2018 at Avita of Newburyport, after a brief illness. She
was married for 49 years to the late Robert E. “Bob” Beckwith.
born April 11, 1920 in Hartford CT, daughter of the late David L.,
Sr. and the late Jennet (Hurlburt) Whittlesey. She grew up in
Elmwood, a section of West Hartford, and spent summers at Bantam
Lake in Morris. She graduated from William H. Hall High School and
worked in the insurance industry in Hartford. After marriage in
1946, Ada and Bob moved to Boston while Bob attended Gordon School
of Theology and Missions (now Gordon College in Wenham). In 1951
they moved to Knott County, KY where they served for twenty years
with Scripture Memory Mountain Mission and raised six children. The
family returned to Massachusetts in 1971, settling in Ipswich. Ada
was the Mailroom Supervisor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
until retirement in 1985. An avid reader and lover of books, she
was a longtime volunteer at the Ipswich Public Library.
survived by son David R. Beckwith and his wife Pat of West Newbury,
Daniel B. Beckwith and his wife Heidi; two daughters, Robin Goodwin
and her husband Bob of Mercer, ME,
Lord and her husband Jonathan of Warner, NH; three grandchildren,
Andrew Beckwith of Wenham, Abigail Patel of NJ, Sarah Cox of CA and
eight great grandchildren. She is also
by a brother-in-law Bruce Beckwith and his wife Louise of CT; a
sister-in-law, Claire Livingston and her husband Bob of IN and many
nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two daughters,
Darlene Beckwith formerly of Greenfield and Diane Beckwith formerly
of CA; a great grandson, infant Jonathan Beckwith; a sister, Mary H.
Gledhill and a brother, David L.Whittlesey both of CT.
Her committal service will be held at 12 noon, Monday February
5, graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road,
Ipswich followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm in the First
Presbyterian Church, 179 County Road, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the
direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich. In
lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made
to Scripture Memory Mountain Mission, PO Box 129, Emmalena KY
41740 (www.smmm.org) or to
Boston Rescue Mission, 39 Kingston Street, Boston MA 02111 (https://www.brm.org).