Ruth Ann Mason Beckett Roache


Ruth Ann Mason Beckett Roache, 102, of Parksley, passed away surrounded by her family Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock. She was the wife of the late William Louis Beckett Jr. and the late William J. Roache Jr.

Nana, as she was affectionately known to many, was born Dec. 28, 1916, in the home she currently lived, to the late William Z. Mason and the late Eva Marshall Mason. She worked at Colonial Stores for over 30 years, was a member and a Past Worthy Matron of Parksley Chapter #166, O.E.S., and a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church, joining at the age of 12.  Throughout her long life, Nana brought a smile and was a bright light to all whenever they were in her company, and her family will always treasure her love, care and support shared with them.

Survivors include her daughter, Terry Beckett Taylor, of Parksley; three grandchildren, Leslie Taylor, Troy Taylor and  Lauren, all of Onancock, and Lisa Taylor Ballance and her husband, Curtis, of Parksley; eight great-grandchildren, Will and Russ Parks, Mason, Matthew, Karis and Axton Taylor, and Mallory and Reagan Ballance; and four nieces, three nephews, and their families. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Evelyn Mason Johnson and Marguerite Mason Young, and a brother, Wilfred Thomas Mason.

A funeral service was conducted from the Grace United Methodist Church April 9, 2019, with the Rev. Alan Layman and Mr. George Fulk officiating. Interment followed at the Parksley Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 156, Parksley, VA 23421.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.