Anne Louise Beckner
August 27, 1932 – May 14, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Anne Beckner, née Storms, announces her passing on May 14, 2020 at the age of 87. Anne was born in Brooksville, Florida to Kenneth and Louise Storms and lived in Austin, Texas. A two-time cancer survivor, Anne was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. She leaves behind son Paul (Helen) Beckner, daughter Meredith (Tom) Perreault, grandson John David Beckner and son-in-law Robert Graham. Two of her children predeceased her, James David Beckner and Laura Lee Graham.
Anne’s childhood was spent in Florida, living on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and accompanying her father on fishing trips to central Florida, which remained among her most cherished memories. Anne moved with her family to Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She also pursued graduate studies in psychology in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Anne had a lifelong commitment to community service and volunteerism. She dedicated herself to making a difference in the places she lived, achieving special impact in Sarasota, Florida, and Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas. She received two Governor’s Volunteer Awards for her work in Texas on child abuse prevention. Anne learned wildlife rehabilitation to rescue shorebirds in Florida, and volunteered at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in Austin.
In recent years, Anne was a founding member of the Querencia at Barton Creek community, serving on the Querencia Resident Council from 2009-2010. She chaired Querencia’s Scholarship Committee, which sponsors employees pursuing higher education to achieve their professional aspirations through the Querencia Resident’s Scholarship Fund. Anne was also a longtime volunteer at Westbank Library. Anne attended University Christian Church in Austin for more than 20 years and served as a Stephen Minister. She became a Life Elder at University Christian Church in November 2017.
Anne was a devoted mother and an everlasting, wonderful friend to so many. She was a dignified and elegant person, unconditionally and gently sharing wisdom and kindness, demonstrating by example how to lead a gracious life. All who knew her have benefitted greatly from having had her in their lives.
Memorial donations may be made to the Querencia Residents’ Scholarship Fund for Employees through the Austin Community Foundation, 4315 Guadalupe Street, Suite 300 Austin, TX 78751, and University Christian Church, 2007 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Anne Louise Beckner
May 23, 2020
Meredith and Paul,
Thank you for sharing Anne's lovely service with us at Querencia. We all loved her and enjoyed being with her for the last 12 years.
Sincerely, Judy Reynolds
May 23, 2020
We really enjoyed Anne's memorial service via Zoom. Thank you Merideth and Paul.
May 22, 2020
Anne was such a sweet, kind, gracious lady in all she did. As a member of Forum, the Sunday Book Study Group she added so much to our class, from researching our next books to ordering them online when possible for all of us. She often had input into what the author meant in some of the difficult books we read! She was always so very organized. Other responsibilities she took on were to make the communion bread and to be sure the oil was at the proper level in the candles on the communion table. She always made sure someone else would do it if she wasn't going to be available. She served on several committees as well, at UCC and was a joy to be with. We will sorely miss her loving spirit.
May 20, 2020
I was privileged to have known Anne. I greatly admired her wisdom and dedication to service as well as her serenity in the face of adversity.
Cela and Wayne Edwards
May 19, 2020
We had dinner with Anne and sometimes with her and the Villans. Wayne had the good
fortune of being on the Scholarship Committee for three years with her as leader. We appreciate her leadership as chair and dedication to the goals of the committee.
Wayne saw her last about we weeks ago as I together with Judy and Jon delivered our wheelchair for her use. She was very thankful and acknowledged it.
We prayed that she would go to heaven and be relieved of the final burdens of life on earth.
May 19, 2020
A wonderful, gracious lady has been in our presence and we thank God for that gift. We’ll miss Anne deeply in our University Christian Church Forum Book Group. She’s been an integral part of our lives for 20 years. Rest In Peace, Anne. We love you.