Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 6, 2013

Susan Elizabeth Beck

TRAVERSE CITY — Susan Elizabeth Beck passed away on Dec. 3, 2013, at Munson Hospice House.

She was born Aug. 10, 1941, in Traverse City, to Sanford L. Mead Sr. and Frances E. (Duncan) Mead. The Mead family descendants have resided on Old Mission Peninsula since 1910.

Susan was a 1959 graduate of Central High School and also attended Northwestern Michigan College, where she met her husband of 52 years, Gary Theodore Beck.

Susan grew up a “Navy Brat” living in Virginia, Texas, California, Hawaii and Japan, finally returning to Traverse City in her late teen years.

She was a stay-at-home mom, and she volunteered in the early years as a Girl Scout troop leader, was active in the Old Mission School PTA and was a fund-raiser for the Cherryland Humane Society.

Later she worked full time in the mortgage lending industry until retirement.

After retiring she and Gary traveled throughout the Baja of Mexico, the southwest by RV and spent many happy winters in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades; they also explored the beaches and fished in Texas and Alabama. Summers were always spent and enjoyed at home in Traverse City.

She never sat still for long, having many hobbies and working on many arts and craft projects. Throughout her life she loved the outdoors, camping, birding and fishing. She loved board games, was a fierce Domino player (never sit on her left) and an excellent, lifelong Bridge player.

Susan is survived by her husband, Gary T. Beck; her daughters, Kathleen H. (Timothy D.) McCullen, of Kalkaska, and Kareen E. (John R.) Latoski, of Mt. Pleasant; and three grandchildren, Kelsey (Thomas) Thompson, Tyler McCullen and Julian Latoski.

At her request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. A family and friend memorial picnic will be held in the summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for the “Hillacres” Memorial Fund for future maintenance of the family cemetery, to Munson Hospice House or the Cherryland Humane Society.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Reynolds-Jonkhoff was entrusted with her final arrangements for cremation.

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