Shirley Anguish Beckman

June 25, 1929February 19, 2019

Shirley Anguish Beckman, age 89, died on February 19, 2019. She was born June 25, 1929 in Syracuse, New York to Clarence and Lena (Putnam) Anguish.

Shirley graduated from Syracuse University and worked as a journalist in many different capacities. She retired from the Ingham Intermediate School District where she worked in Public Relations. After retirement she served on the board of the Mason Library, The Mason Historical Society and on the committees at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lansing.

She is predeceased by her parents; brother, Phillip Anguish; husband, Charles William Beckman; and daughter, Melanie Schultz Beckman.

She is survived by her brother, Louis (Cathy) Anguish; children, Carolee (Steve) Ware, Charles Sidney (Laura) Beckman, Andrew (Bob Hyland) Beckman, Eric Beckman, Jennifer (Evan) Montague and son-in-law Richard Schultz; grandchildren, Erin Fallucca, Nicholas Ware, Charles Beckman, Kate Bailey, Allison Beckman, Sarah Yanez, Meredith Beckman, Ean Montague, Grant Montague; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Mason Library, 145 W. Ash St., Mason, MI 48854 or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 5509 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48911. The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Mason Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


  • Friends of the Mason Library
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing


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Colleen Briggs

March 4, 2019

I have many fond memories of Mrs. Beckman because of my friendship with Melanie. Many sleep overs. Doing 4H projects or school projects. She was always a great encourager. I loved her laugh and her smile. I always thought that Melanie and her mom had the same smile. Now they are together in heaven laughing and having a wonderful time. I am keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Johnson

March 3, 2019

I knew Shirley through her longstanding work and support for the Mason Branch Library and the Ingham County Library.
She was always so thoughtful, considerate and kind to everyone. A beautiful human being!

Nancy Colflesh

February 28, 2019

When I arrived, and then stayed, at Ingham ISD, I was welcomed and supported by Shirley EVERY day. In that toxic work culture, she was always a strong voice of reason who helped me stay centered. I so appreciated her steady hand, her kindness, her professionalism, and her creative ideas.

She was gem.

Nancy Colflesh

Pat Perreault

February 24, 2019

Shirley was a very fun and interesting person to know. Wish I had met her earlier in my life. I will miss our "lunches" at A&W.

Judith Rowell-DeVaney

February 23, 2019

I visited with Shirley once a month in my role of Pastoral Assistant for the UU Church of Lansing but first and foremost as a long time friend. I first met Shirley in the 80's and was totally taken with her wit and wisdom. My relationship with Shirley was further cemented when she served on a search committee for the UU church and, which with Shirley's valuable input, successfully found our long time beloved minister, Kathryn. Shirley and I shared our love of family, dogs, books and current events. Shirley's outlook on life and her upbeat approach to the world were inspirational and I so looked forward to our time together. Shirley maintained these esteemed qualities to the end of her life. She added so much to my life and I will miss her more than words can portray. Shirley will live on in my heart and memories. Thank you Shirley for all you gave to the world and to me.

Tom Minter

February 22, 2019

I was a member of the Meridian Township Board when Shirley was covering township activities for her newspaper. She always was very fair and thorough in her coverage of the Board’s activities. I had many interesting conversations with her about Township events! But her balanced and fair reporting was always appreciated. I was not surprised to read of her long and passionate involvement in her local community activities! Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Joe and Rosemary Vasquez

February 21, 2019

Our condolences to the Beckmen family.

Jean Bement

February 21, 2019

Shirley was so many things to so many people. I was blessed to know her through her service as a Board member of the Mason Area Historical Society. She was so witty and had a great sense of humor, and made one heck of a cherry pie. Her kindness and talents will be dearly missed by all who knew her, but I know her family will miss her most. She was intensely proud and loved you all so much. May you find peace in the happy memories you have of such an astounding woman. Blessings to you.