LAKE WYLIE -- Mary Jane Beckman, 73, of Lake Wylie, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Charles J. Beckman.
Mary Jane was born May 4, 1934, in Yale, Mich., where she grew up on a dairy farm and was an accomplished equestrian, receiving many awards for her riding. She was the daughter of Hazel Clarkson Robertson and James Alexander Robertson. A 1952 graduate of Orlando Senior High, she attended Florida State University and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She graduated from Michigan State University.
Mrs. Beckman first moved to the Carolinas in 1967, and quickly became an integral part of the community. With a background in commercial real estate she became involved in local residential real estate upon her move to Lake Wylie in the mid 70's, and was a consistent member of the Million Dollar Club. Mary Jane was a founding member of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in helping it develop into the organization it is today. Realizing there was no map available of the Lake Wylie community, Mary Jane took the initiative to create one, taking care to be sure every tiny road leading to the lake was included.
Mary Jane's goal was to help Lake Wylie grow without losing its beautiful and peaceful qualities. She was considered the local Lake Wylie expert by the community and all her real estate peers. Throughout her life she was known for her unselfish generosity and kind words.
She is survived by her son, Jay Beckman of Concord, N.C.; two daughters, Laurie Singh (Tejinder) and Beth Meeks (Michael) of Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren, Nicole Keith, Sarah Jamieson, Mary Jamieson, Kate Meeks; and one great-grandchild, Jamieson Keith.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill SC 29731.
M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover, is serving the family of Mrs. Beckman.