Beach Memorial Chapel

301 Corey Ave, ST Pete Beach, FL


Berith Carswell "BC" Acton

November 11, 1929June 17, 2020

Acton, Berith Carswell "BC", 90, of Treasure Island, FL passed away June 17, 2020 at Palms of Pasadena hospital. Born and raised in Bryn Athyn, PA, she was one of 6 children (Winyss, Berith, Gwenda, Alfred, Doris and Janice) of Kesniel and Renée Acton. She graduated from the Bryn Athyn New Church High School and later in life, from Florida Atlantic Univ. in Boca Raton. BC took great pride in achieving her college education and becoming a docent for the Dali museum in St. Petersburg. In St. Pete’s, she was a local bookstore entrepreneur and in Treasure Island, she was on the board of the Sunset Beach Civic Association. She is survived by her three married sons and their wives; Edward and Wystan, Hilary and Alicia, Robert and Jane Simons, her siblings; Doris Halterman and Janice Roscoe, her grandchildren; Daric, Scott, Bronwyn, Meagan, Owen, Jared, Greta, Ben, Freya, Oskar, Caleigh, Heidi and Lucy, her Great-Grandchildren; Stephen, Marlee and Skye, her local Florida-based nephews from her deceased sister Gwenda Barnitz; Jeffrey, Colin, Owen and Keven Barnitz, and a very large extended family beyond this. BC was a force to be reckoned with. She was a fierce champion for women’s rights, a civic minded member of local societies and a bright light and social advocate for her tight knit community in Treasure Island. She is remembered by her sons for being an original environmentalist and taking them to the first ever Earth Day in Philadelphia. Her boys would not say she was a “pious” women, but she loved the teachings of her church (newchurch.org), where both her brother Alfred and her grandfather Alfred were bishops. She faithfully attended local New Church gatherings and often listened to online sermons on Sundays. Famous for her quick wit and edgy one-liners, BC lived her life deliberately and without fear. She told you what she thought, honestly and sometimes, with color to elicit reaction. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all her extended family and this love was greatly returned. She loved to travel, loved adventure, loved crosswords and enjoyed building puzzles. She loved her animals through the years, especially her proudly independent cats. She never missed a holiday and celebrated them with joy, costumes, decorations, cookies, cocktails and countless parties. Her contributions to these from any distance will be greatly missed. BC’s piercing blue eyes, bright smile and sense of style will be remembered by all who knew her. Her memorial service has not been scheduled yet (due to COVID19) but you can count on an epic Treasure Island party in the fall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her beloved church. https://newchurch.org/give/


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Berith Carswell "BC" Acton

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