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Gwendolyn Nadene Shipman Beckmann
July 13, 1925 – January 15, 2021
Gwen Beckmann died in her sleep early Friday at age 95, at her home at Heritage Avonlea of Gladstone.
She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She loved life and loved to tease whoever might be in the room. She was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, a sharp wit, a person of great faith, and the best Mom anywhere.
She and her husband, Thomas W. Beckmann, who passed in 2011, were married for 63 years. They enjoyed road trips with the whole family singing along the way, exploring the entire country, from D.C. to L.A. and Tampa to Chicago. Back in the day, the family also enjoyed square dancing, trips to The Lake of the Ozarks, and getting together with family and friends. Family were life-long members of the United Methodist Church in both St. Louis (St. Marks UMC) and Kansas City (North Cross UMC).
Both Tom and Gwen held leadership roles in Eastern Star, and were also members of White Shrine, The Order of the Amaranth and The Social Order of Beauceant, among others. Once retired, they spent many years traveling all over Missouri (and beyond) to help and visit with various chapters of these organizations, and friends of these organizations.
Gwen worked as bookkeeper for the Hazelwood School District in St. Louis County while her children were growing up. She also worked for Gulf Oil while living in New Orleans, and for Mid-Coast Aviation in St. Louis. Mom loved life and enjoyed reading, cooking, and being with friends. She also loved entertaining, her New Year’s Day ham and beans feast became a tradition.
She was preceded in death by sisters Sue Jackson and Gloria Shipman. She is also survived by her sister Sandra Gibson of Tennessee, two nieces and one nephew.
Missing her forever are her son, Greg Beckmann (Janet Cromley) of Long Beach, Calif.; daughter, Deborah Mason (Lynn Mason) of Kansas City; granddaughters Sarah Mason Cluckey of Kansas City and Danielle Beckmann (Timothy Reese) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and great-grandson Corbin Cluckey, whom she loved with all her heart.
Many of you may remember Gwen wearing an Angel pin on her shoulder most all the time. She said it was her Guardian Angel, meaning our Father. She’s our Guardian Angel now. We love you, Mom.
I have a Guardian Angel
She’s my Mom
and my best friend
I know I can rely on her
She will be there to the end
I may not need her often
But when I do she’ll say
Things will be all right
And she will be there
I cherish my Guardian Angel
I know that she will be
With me each and every day
Through all Eternity
Donations in memory of Gwen Beckmann may be made to North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64118