Margaret Ann Bengel Beckman (86) of Valle Crucis went home to the Lord on March 11, 2019.

She was born in Jackson, Michigan and graduated Cum Laude from The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor in 1950, where she was a member of the National Honor Society.

Margie received her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and her Master’s from Denver University, both with honors. As a young woman she taught elementary school, but retired to raise her family.

She is remembered by all who knew her as a generous, thoughtful and caring woman of faith. Her devotion to a large, blended family lasted 60 years and is a legacy that will endure for many generations. Margie always referred to herself as a “cradle Episcopalian” and was a long-time and devoted member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis.

Margie was predeceased by her parents Russell H. Bengel and Ruth M. Bengel; husband Philip G. Walther and husband John L. Fulgham; daughters Lisa Fulgham Lucas and Nanette Fulgham Wintz; and son-in-law James Wintz.

She is survived by devoted husband Richard Blair Beckman; daughter Sharon Fulgham Warren (Sid) of Peachtree City, GA; and son Jeffrey Fulgham (Gail) of Glen Allen, VA (birth children of Philip G. Walther); daughter Cele Fulgham Schaffer (Larry) of Knoxville, TN; son-in-law Paul Lucas (Sri) of Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren Natalie Warren of Camarillo, CA; Faith Warren of New York, NY; Philip Fulgham, North Chesterfield, VA; Rebecca Lucas Everett (Mel) of Vero Beach, FL; Robert Lucas (Maggie) of Vero Beach, FL; Paul Raymond Lucas (Michele) of Vero Bach, FL; Sarah Schaffer Hardesty (Daniel) of Memphis, TN; Brent Schaffer of Knoxville, TN; John Wintz (Lauren) of Stanfield, NC; and great-grandchildren Julia Lucas, Maddy Lucas, Ayden Everett, and Bryce Everett, all of Vero Beach, FL

A memorial service for Margie will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 122 Skiles Way in Valle Crucis at 3:00 on April 6, 2019 with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir NC 28645; OASIS, P.O. Box 1591, Boone, NC; or a favorite charity.

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