Susan Beekman, 69, passionate conservationist

Susan Anne Hendricks Beekman, 69, of St. Helena, SC passed away Friday, August 3, at WakeMed Medical Center in Raleigh, N.C., surrounded by her family. Susan was born to Dr. Robert T. Hendricks and Dorothy K. Hendricks in New York City on April 4, 1943. She leaves behind her two brothers Bob Hendricks of Atlantic, Pa.; John Hendricks of Vero Beach, Fla. and their beautiful families.

Susan is survived by her husband Peter D. Beekman, and her three children, Christopher P. Beekman of Alameda, Calif.; Kelly E. Beekman of Hempstead, N.Y. and Matthew J. Beekman of Cary, N.C. and her four-legged pal, Melly.

Susan was a loving and wonderful wife, mother and a special friend to many. Susan was a joyful contributor and participant in life. She was forever active and enjoyed tennis, golf and water aerobics. She was a cancer survivor. She traveled the world. She was a skilled tailor, quilter and interior designer. She was a passionate birder, conservationist and a voracious reader. She was most happy upon her return from long walks on the beach with family and her friends. She could play a good hand of bridge, and played because she cherished the company and conversation with her many friends.

Susan earned a BA from Allegheny College, Meadville Pa., an MA from Manhattanville College, Purchase NY and attended law school at Pace University in White Plains, NY. She was an active volunteer in her children’s schools and her community. She was President of the Parents Association at Brunswick School, Greenwich, Conn., a member of the League of Women Voters, and sustaining member of the Junior League. Susan served as Treasurer for the Greenwich Garden Education Center and was Conservation Chairman and Treasurer of the Hortulus Garden Club in Greenwich, Conn. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Greenwich Library and the Greenwich Land Trust. She actively participated in organizations concerned with environmental and conservation issues including The Nature Conservancy, Audubon and Save the Sound. In 2003 she became a certified Master Naturalist. She served as President of the Dataw Island Club, St. Helena, SC. She was a sister of Chapter W of the P.E.O. of Beaufort, S.C.

There will be a Memorial service for her friends, family and community at St. Peter’s Church, Beaufort, S.C. in the fall.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made in her name to the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort, 1100 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC 29901 or to the Avon Foundation for Women, Breast Cancer Crusade (www.avonfoundation.org).

Arrangements are by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C. Condolences may be made at www.montlawn.com

—by the family

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