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Mary Beckett

Mrs. Mary Louise “Noot” Peoples Beckett was born September 1, 1957 in Florence, South Carolina to the late Walter Henry Peoples, Sr. and Mother Louise “Curtis” Cooper Peoples. She departed this earthly life on the afternoon of Saturday, June 19, 2021 at her home.

Mary attended the Public Schools in Florence County and was a proud Class of 1975 graduate of McClenaghan High School.

Mary’s spiritual walk began early in her life at Wayside Progressive Church of Jesus. She later joined Wayside Progressive Church of Jesus and received the water baptism in Jesus’ name, under the leadership of the late Pastor Earline Howard and Pastor Mary H. Cooks. Mary a faithful servant, served in many capacities of the church, such as: Pastoral Committee Member, Pastoral Anniversary Treasurer, Usher Board Member, and Gospel Choir Member for many years under the leadership of Pastor Dolores M. Smith and Overseer Bishop Robert L. Attaway, until her short illness and sudden demise. “Noot” as she was affectionately known by all who knew and loved her, was a committed member of the church as she exemplified her love for God.

On December 24, 1982, Mary was joined in marital bliss to Rufus Beckett and to this union two children were born.

Mary was employed with General Electric in Florence, South Carolina for more than thirty years.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Peoples, Sr. and Mother Louise “Curtis” Cooper Peoples; and a brother-in-law, Victor Bell.

Mary leaves to cherish her precious memories: her husband, Rufus Beckett; two daughters, Bridget Beckett and Dr. Brandi Beckett both of Florence, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Aden Beckett, the apple of her eye and Jurnee Becket; two brothers, Walter, Jr. (Margaret) Peoples, and Levern (Loretta) Peoples both of Florence, South Carolina; three sisters, Norma Bell, Vickie (David) Becote both of Effingham, South Carolina, and Cloretta Zimmerman of Atlanta, Georgia; one special aunt, Lelia M. Smith of Florence, South Carolina; three very special cousins, Anna Lee Cusaac, Miriam Scott, and Brenda Swaringer all of Florence, South Carolina; one sister-in-law, Joyce McMichael; three special co-workers, Marie Harry, Daisy Lloyd, and Dedric Hudson all of Florence, South Carolina; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.

Mrs. Mary Louise “Noot” Peoples Beckett a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, church member, co-worker, and friend will always be remembered for her love of others, her loyalty, her kind heart, but most of all her love of God.

Please keep the family of Mary Louise "Noot" Beckett in your thoughts and prayers.

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Noot and I grew up together. we were bound by family and love. my heart goes out to her family. we will always love and remember her. she was a blessing. rest dear sister. Mary Ann & Calvin Davis

Mary Davis Jun 24 2021 7:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Beckett

Wendy Boston McClain Jun 24 2021 1:59 PM

My condolences to the entire family. Mary was such a humble and nice person who always had kind words and that beautiful smile. Sleep in peace sister.

Evelyn C. Williams Jun 24 2021 1:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Beckett

Evelyn C. Williams Jun 24 2021 1:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Beckett

Norma Bell Jun 24 2021 12:54 PM

My deepest sympathy I work with Mary at GE she was a very sweet person always smiling!

Gloria Anderson Jun 24 2021 11:47 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Beckett

Gwendolyn DobsonShaw Jun 24 2021 9:50 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Beckett

Tarsha, Rodney, Zaria, and Zaya Jun 24 2021 2:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Beckett

David & Gloria Bacote-Thompson Jun 23 2021 9:34 PM

My Condolences to the Family, so sorry for your loss. Mary was a Sweet, humble person.I am really going to miss my friend.

Daisy Lloyd Jun 23 2021 7:13 PM

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