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Sunday, June 15, 2014
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NANCY SCHMOHL BECKWITH

Nancy Schmohl Beckwith, 70, currently of Little Torch Key and formerly of Vero Beach, Florida and Mobile, Alabama, passed away at home on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Nancy was born on August 10, 1943, in Mobile, Alabama. She moved to Vero Beach in 1985, became a part-time resident of the Lower Keys in 2005, and a full-time Keys resident in 2012.

Nancy graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile and went on to earn two masters degrees and a doctorate. She worked at Merchants National Bank in Mobile and then became Provost of the Brookley Campus of the University of South Alabama. She was an accomplished musician who played in the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. She was a graduate of Leadership Mobile, served on a wide variety of non-profit boards including United Way and helped organize the America's Junior Miss Pageant.

In 1985 Nancy followed her husband, David, to Vero Beach, Fla. In 1987 Nancy's daughter, Aimee, was born. She became the Vice President and Bank Administrator of Florida National Bank's branches in Indian River County. She became one of the bank's largest commercial loan officers in the southeast and held the bank's record for being chosen on the most consecutive years to its President's Club. She once again served on a variety of non-profit boards including Safe Space, United Way, and St. Edwards School. She also joined the Riomar Bay Yacht Club and the Quail Valley Club. In 2006 Nancy retired from Florida National's successor bank, Wachovia National Bank. In retirement she co-authored two books with her husband and book reviews for the Key West Citizen. She also served as a active member of the Key West Citizen Editorial Board.

Nancy was a people magnet, drawing friends from all walks of life. She was also known as a "go-to" person when something needed to be accomplished. She was known for her sometimes raucous wit and her generosity. She loved to boat and fish, having been raised on the Gulf of Mexico. She will also always be remembered as one of the University of Alabama's most rabid fans. Her premature passing will leave a permanent void in many lives.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, David Beckwith, of Little Torch Key and her daughter, Aimee, of Long Beach, California. A private celebration of her life will be held on an undetermined future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys (http://keyscancerfoundation.org/donate).