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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Retired Moundridge teacher celebrates 100th birthday

  • Wilma Beckwith of McPherson reached a milestone last week that few can brag about. However, she doesn’t choose to.
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  • Wilma Beckwith of McPherson reached a milestone last week that few can brag about. However, she doesn’t choose to.
    “I don’t like to draw attention to myself,” she said of the to-do being made about her century birthday.
    However, she enjoyed having nearly all of her family with her to celebrate. As for the many friends who came by to say hello and offer her congratulations, she said, “I’m overwhelmed.”
    Beckwith, who taught English and drama at Moundridge Junior High, was the organizer and director of The Gumdrop Players, a creative drama troop. The Players, who creatively interpreted the classics, caught the attention of the Kansas State Department of Teachers of English. In addition to recognition, Beckwith was asked to serve as a consultant for other teachers to use this method as a teaching tool in the classroom.
    One of her students was among those who wished her a happy 100th birthday.
    Beckwith, who said she was “going strong until 95,” lives independently and attends activities and club meetings whenever her schedule allows. She has written a book of stories, memories for her granddaughter, who is also a writer.
    Her wit is sharp and her memory, keen. Beckwith introduced visitors to each other, noting not only their names and how she knew them but their activities and occupations — something one visitor noted she couldn’t do, “And I’m half her age.”
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