Elizabeth R. Beckhouse, 71, former principal at Norge and Stonehouse elementary schools

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Elizabeth R. Beckhouse
Elizabeth R. Beckhouse

Elizabeth R. Beckhouse, 71, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 24, 2016. She was born on July 27, 1944, in Chicago, Ill.

Liz attended Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., prior to graduating from The College of William & Mary. A dedicated educator, she served as principal at several schools within the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, including Norge Elementary and Stonehouse Elementary.

She was deeply committed to student and adult literacy, working as reading curriculum coordinator for the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and reading specialist for James Blair Middle School. She began her teaching career at Rawls Byrd Elementary School. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence S. Beckhouse of Williamsburg; her sons, David L. Beckhouse, and his wife, Rachel Dunn, of Denver, Colo., and Christopher S. Beckhouse, and his wife, Dana, of Appomattox; grandchildren, Lillian Virginia Beckhouse, Ava Elizabeth Beckhouse and Chase Edwin Beckhouse.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg, or to Literacy for Life.

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