Lily K. Beckman, 88, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2013 in Chelan. For the past two years, Lily lived at Columbia Heights in Wenatchee.
A Twisp resident from 1982 until 1993, Lily owned and operated Flowers, Etc., a popular flower and gift shop on Glover Street, where The Studio and Peligro are now located. Lily loved to travel to the gift shows and enjoyed bringing back lovely things for her customers in Twisp.
Lily was born on May 3, 1925, in New York City to her loving parents Lloyd H. Knott and Lily Dunn Knott. She grew up in Manhattan with her brother Lloyd and sister Stella (Poggensee). A bright student, Lily was selected to attend Hunter College High School. As a young woman, Lily enjoyed and taught folk dancing and played the violin and shepherd’s pipes. She worked in a legal office in Manhattan. Always interested in politics, Lily was an active member of the League of Women Voters and enjoyed working as an election judge. She was a leader of Girl Scout troops in Indianapolis and the Chicago suburbs. In Twisp, Lily enjoyed her membership in the Twisp Kiwanis and loved to sing in the Cascadia Christmas concerts.
Lily lived many places in her life and loved to travel. In addition to New York and Washington, Lily lived in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Oregon. She visited many parts of the world including Mexico, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Lily is survived by her six children: Peggy Alvarez (Frank), Kathy Goldberg (Michael Notaro), Jeanne Beckman, John Beckman, Jim Beckman and Carolyn Beckman. Lily is also survived by her sister Stella Poggensee and nine grandchildren: Jessica Goldberg (Kyle Odion), Mario Notaro (Josiane Lee-Vezina), Joseph Notaro (Eliza), David Alvarez (Jenny), Michael Alvarez, Ryan Alvarez (Adam Merrin), Mark Barasa (Molly), Kevin Barasa, and Scott Barasa. Lily dearly loved her six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Lily is remembered for her cheerfulness and her kindness to all. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Lloyd, and her ex-husband and friend, John H. Beckman.
There will be a memorial service at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church, 193 Old Twisp Highway, Twisp, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 and another service in the Chicago area on March 1.