|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1979|
|Death: ||Oct. 3, 2006|
April Marie Beckwith died Oct. 3, 2006 of an embolism at age 27.
"April" was born April 7, 1979, in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and moved to Vancouver as a child. April graduated from Columbia River High School in 1997. April volunteered with AmeriCorps for two years, working first year in Trout Lake, WA in NW Service Academy working on watersheds, wildlife enhancements, biological surveys, and community and education projects. Her second year of service was based in the South East with NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) working with the Red Cross in Puerto Rico and Florida providing hurricane relief, some other projects included the Special Olympics as liaison for Great Britain's Boys Basketball Team, and Habitat for Humanity with former President Jimmy Carter.
April's adventurous spirit took her to Clatsop Community College where she received her degree from MERTS in Maritime Science. She was able to apply her degree at Cruise West starting as a deck hand aboard the Spirit of Alaska, rising to officer second mate and safety officer aboard the Spirit of 98. During this time she received numerous certifications including her ABS (Able Body Seaman) card, Fire Fighter certification and license to captain her 100 ton ship. April continued her Maritime Career with (MSC) Military Sealift Command. She did her first tour as an ABS aboard the USNS Supply where she conducted underway replenishment for the United States Naval Fleet in the Atlantic. Her second tour was spent in the Persian Gulf aboard the USNS Saturn. April returned February 4, 2006 where she joined her fiancÚ, Mike, in Hebo, Oregon.
April recently returned to school to pursue a bachelors degree in business at Tillamook Bay Community College. In addition to her many accomplishments, April will be remembered best for her love of family and friends, her love of pets and her beautiful smile.
Survivors include her fiance, Mike Sinnott; mother and stepfather, Beth and John Nicholson; father and stepmother, Jeff and Sherry; brothers, John Nicholson, Jason Nicholson and Connor Beckwith; sister, Kaylin; grandmothers, Donna Evans and JoAnne Flowers; and her grandmothers, Donna Evans and JoAnne Flowers; uncles and aunts, Doug & Teresa Evans and Jeff & Rita Evans.
April would have appreciated memorial donations to go to:
SW Washington Humane Society
2121 Francis Lane
Vancouver, WA 98660
Created by: Pamela Milliron Jarvinen
Record added: Oct 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16192123
Added by: Anonymous