Patricia Anne Miller Beecham, 90, of Danville PA passed away peacefully
Friday, April 21, 2017 at Maria Joseph Manor Danville PA. She was born
March 20, 1927 in London, England the daughter of Henry Spearing Miller and
Anne Cherrington Payne Miller.
was educated at boarding school, run by the nuns of the Convent of the
Faithful Virgin. Her father died when she was very young, and the family
went through very difficult times which ended up being the source of her
warmth, understanding and drive.
was married to her first husband Winslow T. Tompkins III while he was
serving as a US Navy Surgeon, based briefly overseas. He died tragically of
cancer after only a few years of marriage. She later was married to Clayton
Tremain Beecham, or “Beech” after they were set up on a blind date. Within
an hour he proposed, and five weeks later they were married, on Christmas
Day 1979, at his farmhouse outside Sunbury PA. They were completely devoted
to each other throughout their marriage.
the death of her first husband, Anne settled in Washington DC to work
selling fine English china from the premier English maker, Wedgwood, at a
shop in one of the largest hotels in the capital. After her marriage to Dr.
Beecham, and his semi-retirement at Geisinger Medical Center, Anne started
volunteering at the House of Care being one of the two original volunteers.
Her greatest aim was creating a caring, loving and non-clinical environment
for people going through the most harrowing treatments for cancer. She
always kept a roaring fire there along with fresh flowers. Anne took the
time to get to know the residents personally, which was her greatest joy and
later years of her life, she transitioned with ease and will always be loved
and admired by so many who knew her. Above all, she filled the lives of her
family and friends with joy, laughter and strength.
nephew Laurence from England, wrote the following to honor her:
aunt was a proud Englishwoman, with the heart of a lion. Always a huge
supporter of the Queen, she had two American husbands, and loved America and
its people, amongst whom she made her home. She was always full of praise
for the opportunities America gave to her. I think I have seen, in the last
few days, the very best of America on display in kindness and compassion who
knew her at the end and would like to extend a huge thank you to the nurses
and everyone involved with Anne’s care, especially Heidi Venarchick and to
her friend Karen Geise, Paige Visneski and Brian Crane, who so readily
offered their condolences to us in England. We are so grateful also for the
life of our dear Aunt, great aunty and friend Anne, a life lived to the full
and well lived to the end. She will be greatly missed.”
survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and
great-great nieces and nephews, spread throughout the world and baring many
supporters and loyal friends are cordially invited to attend a Gathering to
honor her life on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Visneski Funeral
Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA. Burial will be private.
Flowers will be provided. Memorial Contributions in her honor may be made to
Donald P. Vrabec House of Care 100 North Academy Avenue Danville PA 17822.