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Anita Janet Beck

April 25, 1938 ~ July 23, 2018 (age 80)

Anita Beck peacefully departed this world on July 23 after an extended and progressive illness. She was born in Lexington, NC and moved with family to Kinston, NC where she spent most of her youth. After graduating from Kinston’s Grainger High School in 1956, she went on to Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh.  Following her years as a nurse at Rex, she focused on family and home as a wife and mother. She spent many years as an active member of the community of golf professionals and golf course management teams in Virginia Beach, VA and Whispering Pines, NC. In Wake Forest, she worked as part of the teams at Paschal Golf Club and Wake Forest Country Club carrying on the legacy of great golfers in the Beck family.  She was actively involved in and led various community events such as the CROP walk for hunger.  She returned to nursing and worked diligently to refresh her clinical credentials earning her RN degree. Prior to retirement, she worked as a nurse at WakeMed in Raleigh. 

Anita was a lively soul who enjoyed the game of golf, time at the beach with friends, adventures of traveling the world, a good book, engaging conversation and a good laugh.  She was a strong woman with a can-do attitude. She embraced the challenges of life with a spirit of learning, sharing and growing through experience.  Her life was enriched with meaningful life-long friendships with and the joy of wonderful grandchildren.  She now rests in everlasting peace and comfort in heaven through the mercy of God. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Avery Edward Beck and Evelyn Barton Beck as well as her ex-husband Macon James “Jim” Johnson.   

She is survived by her loving daughter Amy Heinbockel Burgoyne (Bill), grandchildren Jack, Anna and Will of Richmond, VA, brother Larry E. Beck Sr. and sister-in-law Ellen Mood-Beck of Bermuda Run, NC, and nephew Larry E. Beck Jr.  She leaves behind many friends and loved ones from Wake Forest, and Virginia Beach, the golf communities in Virginia and North Carolina and from her nursing career. Her beloved caregiver Petra Dorsey of Wake Forest brought her comfort and laughter and was a steadfast companion in her last years. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SPCA or to the local food bank. 

Services will be held in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC on August 4, 2018. A visitation at 1:00 will be followed by a memorial service at 2:00. Burial will be the following week at the Forest Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum in Lexington, NC and will be private.   

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