Margaret Beckett


Leander, Texas – On Thursday August 15, 2019, Maggie went home to her Lord.

Maggie was born in Lima, Ohio to John and Jean Roosenberg. She married Carl Thomas Beckett (Tom), who predeceased her. She is survived by her brother Paul Roosenberg (Ruth), her son Bruce Beckett (Carolyn), her daughter Deborah Kinnison (Preston), her son John Beckett, and her son Robert Beckett. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Maggie was a sweet, smart and caring woman who was devoted to the welfare of her family, friends, employees and business associates. She loved Christ, Church and her church family, coffee, listening to singer and songwriter John Denver, and streams, ponds, lakes, shorelines and fishing.

Maggie has owned and operated a farm, bakeries, and a coffee shop, in which she employed and mentored numerous young people, including family.

She grew up in Lima Ohio and graduated from Shawnee High School. During this time in her life Maggie found and forged a lifelong trio of friends at Shawnee HS and in Lima. Maggie was introduced to Tom by his brother Harold Beckett who taught music at Shawnee HS. In 1952, Maggie and Tom married and began life together in Ohio where they resided in Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati with many trips to Lima and Columbus for holidays and visits with family. They and their children moved to New York to live in Poughkeepsie and then LaGrange where they owned a farm and tree nursery (Echo Pond Farms).

She enjoyed living in and restoring the Echo Pond farmhouse (built circa 1698), loved gardening and picking wild berries on literally “the back 40”, and was often joined in her outdoor endeavors by farm cats and the fearless terrier Rascal. After over 40 years of marriage Tom passed in 1993. Maggie then moved to Liberty Hill, Texas and opened a coffee shop, a baking business, and purchased land to build her home and establish a longhorn cattle ranchette. Within a few years all four of her children were also her neighbors on these scenic acres. On the ranchette she watched her grandchildren grow; loving and being loved by her family. She was there through thick and thin helping all unselfishly. The term that comes to mind when we recall this is “family first”, she was there always to help, advise, listen, and love.

Maggie was cared for and surrounded by her family until the time came to find peace and be welcomed home by her lord, and the family and friends no longer of this life.

She attended Cross Tracks United Methodist Church in Liberty Hill.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 31st, at 5 pm.