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NEWBURYPORT, MA - Ada Pond (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.
Ada was born April 11, 1920, in Hartford Conn., 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 20 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.
Ada is survived by sons, 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, Maine, Lois Lord, and her husband, Jonathan, of Warner, N.H.; three grandchildren, Andrew Beckwith of Wenham, Abigail Patel of N.J., Sarah Cox of Calif., and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Bruce Beckwith, and his wife, Louise, of Conn.; a sister-in-law, Claire Livingston, and her husband, Bob, of Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two daughters, Darlene Beckwith, formerly of Greenfield, and Diane Beckwith, formerly of Calif.; a great-grandson, infant Jonathan Beckwith; a sister, Mary H. Gledhill, and a brother, David L. Whittlesey, both of Conn.
Her committal service will be held noon, Monday, February 5, graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 179 County Rd., 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 Boston Rescue Mission (www.brm.org), or Scripture Memory Mountain Mission (www.smmm.org). To send a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on January 29, 2018
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