Joan Pekarsky Beckwith crossed-over on February 22, 2020 at her home in Green Valley, AZ with family by her side. Born Joan Norma Kuttner on August 10, 1942 in Bronx, NY; raised in Scarsdale, NY. Joan was preceded in death by her husband George Beckwith, her twin sister Linda Packer (Alan), and her parents Edna and Howard Kuttner. \n\nJoan is survived by her loving children Jill Pekarsky Yamamoto (Steven) and Paul Parker (Tanya), grandson Matthew Parker; stepchildren John Beckwith (Elizabeth), Julie Wilson (Brandon), and Christiana Cameron (Richard), and grandchildren; "brothers" Jeffrey Keaton (Julie) and Ravi Murthy; nieces, nephews and cherished friends.\n\nLiving life out loud and embracing all it had to offer, Joan had a life-long career in nursing; she was also a certified paralegal and an avid volunteer. Her love of people and culture, thirst for knowledge, general curiosity and interest in topics far and wide, led to journeys near and far. She traversed National Parks, countless World Heritage sites, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands to name but a few. She never met a stranger, embracing differences and judging none. \n\nCreative and introspective, Joan's poetry and paintings embodied the wisdom of her experiences and strong sense of spirituality. \n\nA loving and devoted mother, a life partner to her beloved George, an informal counselor and spiritual guide, a dear friend; an independent, valiant and resilient woman - Joan's outgoing personality drew people in, and her authenticity, compassion and love provided lasting embrace.\n\nFor the many lives touched, children who called her Mom and friend, cherished family and friends, Joan is remembered with love, admiration and gratitude. A life well lived, her vessel provided for the fulfillment of earthly karma; her spirit now soars free.