Miss Mary Beckett
Mary started showing dogs quite late in her life
after retiring from her work in a bank. She was in her early
50's when she got her first Golden Retriever, Ben and whilst at
an Exemption show, was told, by the Judge, to show him 'for
real' as it were. And so it all began. Ben was Mary's life line
and got her out of the house and dog showing became her life.
Some time later came Lucy, a rescue that
Mary took on.
On her 60th birthday, Mary got Jamie, ("Xanthos Whistle
and Flute", bred by Heather Morss), and they became
'Soul Mates', Jamie took her to Cruft's three times.
Time took its toll with Ben and Lucy
In 2008 another rescue, from within the extended family
came along and Tessa was the last Golden Retriever to
join the 'club' as a pet and both Jamie and Tessa joined
Mary at shows.
In December, 2010, her 'Soul Mate' was taken from her,
when Jamie passed away with Cancer.
Mary was Treasurer of SWECA for 16 years but a further
decline in her health meant that she had to resign from
this post in mid 2011 (Mary was a life long Diabetic and
had a history of heart trouble)
Very soon after the decline in her health she suffered a
stroke and she spent some several weeks in hospital but
a further decline in her health resulted in her passing
away on 26th March 2012 .
Mary Urpeth Beckett
2nd December, 1939 - 26th March, 2012
Mary, having never married, leaves behind a grieving
Sister, Marguerite, and her Husband Mike, Nieces and
Nephews, and Tessa.
She will be very sadly missed by all the
committee and members at SWECA. Mary never missed a
ringcraft in her 19 years as a SWECA Committee member.