DEER ISLE – Neva L. Beck passed away on October 10, 2019 at the Island Nursing Home. Born June 16, 1921. Parents: Fred and Lillian Sylvester and Stepmother Louise Sylvester. Siblings: Dorothy Carmen, Elwyn Sylvester, Arlene Kydd and Norma Heanssler. Neva married George Lane Beck, who passed on in 1969.
She is survived by her two children, Jonathan Beck and his wife, Dorena, Linda Stratton and her friend, Gerald Weed; One granddaughter, Lisa Moon and her husband, Gregory; three great-grandchildren, Michael Beck and his wife, Charity, Brandy Knopp and her husband, Steve, and Brittany Stanley; nine great great grandchildren, Michalah, Teagan, and Jake Beck, Kaliana and Autumn Knopp, Tristan, Taylor, Brantley and Colton Ciomei and their father, Seth Ciomei.
She graduated from McKinley High School and attended the University of Maine.
She served as the Clerk for the Town of Deer Isle for many years. She worked for her good friend, Walker Pickering in his grocery store. She opened her own business, The Periwinkle, back when very few women ran their own business. She ran this business for 45+ years, selling the Periwinkle to Jim and Candy Eaton and retiring at age 93.
She continued to live by herself up until a couple years ago when she had a caregiver come in to help her out. That is when Linda Parker came into her life as her special caregiver and they connected right away. Their relationship remained strong until Neva’s very last breath.
Over the years she volunteered for the school’s reading program and the Arts and Crafts at the Island Nursing Home. She participated in many 4th of July Parades and worked at the Fish & Fritter Scholarship Fry. She was a director at the Historical Society and served on the DI-Ston C of C board for years. She was a mentor for many years in her rug braiding classes, teaching new-comers and sharing with veteran ruggers and she participated in a knitting group. Neva was always a community minded person throughout her entire life.
If she was able, Neva would be thanking the staff at the Island Nursing Home for the care she received, especially Harry and her favorite guy, Jim.
Her service will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 11:00AM at the Deer Isle Congregational Church on Rt 15 just South of the village. Her Committal service will follow immediately at Mount Adams Cemetery on King Row Deer Isle A reception will be held at the Town Hall across from the church following both services.
In lieu of flowers, donations could be given to the Deer Isle-Sunset Congregational Church PO Box 292 Deer Isle, ME 04627 or the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society PO Box 652 Deer Isle ME 04627.