Margaret Breen Beck, of Evanston, was an advocate in the 1960s for racial integration and interfaith collaboration throughout the Chicago area.  As the Catholic member of the Panel of American Women, she joined other members of diverse religion and race, in active dialogue in schools and churches throughout the region.  Margaret also was active in the Evanston Ecumenical Action Committee, Evanston St. Mary’s Church, Lake Forest Symphony, and in her late husband’s graphic design firm and private press activities.

Margaret was raised in Harvard, IL, graduated from Illinois State, and formerly resided in Lake Forest.  She was much loved by her family and many friends, because she had a remarkable vitality, warmth, wisdom, and genuine interest in others.  People were drawn to her for her very positive outlook on life, in addition to her keen interests in music, gardening, and weaving.

 After 86 very active and healthy years, Margaret died unexpectedly, in her home, on July 17th.  Her husband of 62 years, Bruce Beck, preceded her in death by one year.  She is survived by her son, Steven of Penngrove, California, daughter, Barbara (Dennis Marino) of Evanston, and granddaughters Kate and Nora Marino.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 31st at 11 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1012 Lake Street, Evanston, IL, followed by a reception at the King Home, 1555 Oak Avenue.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deborah’s Place ( 773/722-5080), or Common Ground ( (847)940-7870).