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Anna Gilaire Michlin Beck
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Birth: Nov. 21, 1921
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 2006
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Buried March 31, 2006.
At time of death, survived by husb., Major General Abe J. Beck USAF, Ret.

BECK, , ANNA GILAIRE MICHLIN If you knew Anna Beck, you probably remember her as a kind, beautiful, gracious lady, a fabulous cook and a charming hostess with a flair for entertaining and the kind of genuine warmth that put everyone immediately at ease. You're right, of course, but there was so much more to this accomplished, multi-talented, extremely funny woman. As her son John recently put it, "Many people are unusual. She was unique." It's not coincidence that Anna's children and her extended brood of nephews turned out to be writers, artists and musicians. She inspired us all. Her writing, informed by her artist's eye and raconteur's sense of story, was in a class with that of Joseph Mitchell, A.J. Liebling or any other of the fabled essayists of the first half of the last century. Her humor, always blindingly quick, was as whimsically asymmetrical as James Thurber's and as gently sophisticated as Ludwig Bemelmans'. Unfailingly graceful and inwardly directed, it warmed you like that of Jack Benny. Anna's art was equal to her writing. Within her simple line lay a deep understanding and appreciation for humanity. Always true, the result could be touching or sharp but never cruel. Some of her finest work was caricature. With her flair for self-deprecation, she created a character called Anna Banana, seemingly half dog and half pig, all Anna and ever charming. Examples of Anna's writing and artistic talent abound in the two family histories that she researched and hand wrote and illustrated for her children and in her book about Mozart, another of her passions. Ask one of her kids if you can see them. Anna indulged her lifelong love of dogs through a series of various breeds with whimsical names: Tchorny, Lurvey, Willoughby, Milhous, Gorgo and Kong. She often said that she preferred dogs to people but her warmth and unending kindness to humanity belied that sentiment. Born Anna Gilaire Michlin on November 21, 1921 in genteel circumstances in New York City, Anna married an Army Air Corps officer in 1945 and for the next 27 years lived the challenging, itinerant military life at postings throughout North America. She is survived by her husband, Major General A.J. Beck (USAF, Ret.), daughter Stevie Beck of Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughter and son-in-law Poppy and Don Sundeen of Dallas, Texas; daughter and son-in-law Darcy Beck-Conley and Steve Conley of Omaha, Nebraska; son and daughter-in-law John and Nancy Beck of Lincoln, Nebraska; plus grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also wanted to acknowledge and thank her dear friend and caregiver, Dolores Gonzales and her lifelong friend, the late Jean Ohrbach ("Paoli"). Had she been born a decade or two later, Anna might well have been famous for her accomplishments. As it is, she will remain our beloved, inspiring secret and our precious memory. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel. Rabbi Gerald J. Klein and Rabbi David Stern will officiate. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the SPCA of Texas, 362 South Industrial, Dallas, Texas 75207 or to KERA 13, 3000 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas 75201. Dignity Memorial Sparkman Hillcrest 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas (214) 363-5401 OB6 Obituaries, Notices
Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - Friday, March 31, 2006 
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  Abe J Beck (1914 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Mount Sinai Section
Maintained by: Helperkw
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Apr 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13834002
Anna Gilaire <i>Michlin</i> Beck
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