Dolores "Do" A. Beckwith

Dolores "Do" A. Beckwith, nee Saunders, 87, of Belleville, Illinois, born Tuesday, September 16, 1924, in St. Louis, MO, died Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Dolores "Do" graduated from Harris Teachers College in St. Louis and worked as a School Teacher for Mason and Benton Schools in St. Louis. She had played the Violin with St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1940's and was a member of Cahokia Mound Chapter NSDAR. She enjoyed her summer home at Chautauqua IL since 1949.  

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Husband: John P. Beckwith
  • Parents: Roy L. and Ruth G. nee Cresswell Saunder

Surviving are her:

  • Children
    • John P. (Marcia) Beckwith Jr. of Belleville, IL
    • Dr. Catherine "Katie" S. Beckwith of Hershey, PA
  • Step-daughter: Mary Micaela "Mike" Beckwith of Bronston, KY
  • Grandson: John P. "Trey" Beckwith III

Memorials: Memorials may be made to New Piasa Chautauqua or Cahokia Mound DAR.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, September 10, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. James Wheeler officiating.  Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.

Condolences left for Dolores "Do" A. Beckwith:

    Dolores was a very special,

    Kay Burgmann O'Fallon Illinois 62269

    Dolores was a very special and close friend. I made cards and sent them to her in the hospital. She would send them back to me when i was in the hospital. We had some of the same problems and discuss the "cure". I will really miss her. May God's love surround you.

    Kay S. Burgmann O'Fallon Illinois 62269

    Dolores Beckwith leaves a legacy of patriotic service as a valued member of the Cahokia Mound Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. With deep appreciation, we acknowledge her many contributions to the Chapter during her 58 years of membership including those when she served as Regent from 1983-1985.

    We honor Mrs. Beckwith's memory and mourn her passing.

    Margaret Watson, Regent
    Cahokia Mound Chapter NSDAR

    Margaret Watson Collinsville IL 62234

    John, Katie and Family,
    My sympathy to each of you at the loss of your loved one. Delores was a lovely lady, and I'm pleased to have known her.
    Nancy Macklin
    Glenview Drive

    Nancy Ryan Macklin Belleville IL

    The Illinois State Organization NSDAR extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Dolores Saunders Beckwith.
    May God bless you with His love and strength and may you find comfort in knowing that others care.
    Cheri Davis Hunter, Illinois State Chaplain

    Cheri Hunter Decatur IL 62526

    Delores was a faithful member of our DAR Chapter and a good friend of my mother, Ruth Smith, for many years. Mom often spoke of trips to the lovely Chautauqua on the Mississippi River. Condolences are offered to the family.

    Myrna Smith Schild, Prof. Emerita, SIUE Columbia IL 62236