Lisa Carrico Beckwith succumbed to a brief illness on Sunday (Sept. 23, 2012) while vacationing in France with her husband Wayne.
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Born to Barbara Lent and John Peckham on Aug. 10, 1948, in Bradford, Pa., she leaves her husband of 40 years, Wayne Beckwith; sisters, Stephanie Wolfe, Heather Whitney and Debra Miller; a brother, Sean Carrico; uncle, Raymond Lent; and her uncle's daughter, Gretchen Petruzzi. She was "Dida" or aunt to Heather's children, Sedona and Colton as well as to Sean's daughters, Boston and Dana, and their mother, Marianne Carrico also remain; brother-in-law, Dean (Judy) Beckwith; nephews, Mark (Laura), Jeff (Michelle) and their children Morgan and Ryan also remain.
Lisa was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Carrico; grandfather, L. Gerald Lent "Bumpo"; grandmother, Leonarda Lent "Nana"; brother, Todd Carrico; and uncle, Gerald Lent.
Lisa shared her life with countless Scottie dogs, whom she loved without reservation.
In Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 16 1972, Lisa married Wayne Beckwith of Derrick City, Pa. She and Wayne settled in Arizona, returning briefly to the Bradford area in 1981 for eight years. In 1989, they returned to Scottsdale, Ariz., where they have remained to this time. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. She contributed her efforts to the Nature Conservancy and took great joy in all that exists in the natural world.
Lisa studied business administration at Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky. Throughout her life she held many positions in business and management primarily at Cavallino Classics and Grand Touring Cars in Scottsdale and McCourt Label in Bradford. She shared an enduring passion for automobiles and formula 1 racing with her husband as well as traveling, cooking and being amongst people.
Lisa enjoyed her life to the very fullest. Even though she was stricken with a disease that slowly took her mobility and independence, her courage and enthusiasm persevered to overcome the lows. Her energy had an effect on those around her. She was a fighter to the very end facing new challenges each and every day. Instead of mourning her loss she would prefer that survivors celebrate her life with a drink, or prayer, and reflect upon their own lives. She would wish others to live life to the fullest as well and strive to live each day as if it is the last because tomorrow may be too late.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Nature Conservancy or the Humane Society of the donor's choice.
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11, 2012