Wando students say Lucy Beckham was like family

VIDEO:Wando students say Lucy Beckham was like family

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Both current students and alumni had a common message when describing Lucy Beckham. They say she was always putting her students before herself and for that she will always be remembered as the the principal who was like family.

Friends, family and students came together to remember the life of Lucy Beckham, long-time principal of Wando High School. Beckham died unexpectedly Sunday night of natural causes.

Just months ago Lucy Beckham Boulevard a road leading to Wando was named in her honor. Now, it's more than a street, it's a memory of her life and the work she has done.

"Even though she's not here, I think her legacy is going to live on and how well Wando continues to succeed," says a senior at Wando and Warrior Ambassador, Reid Darby.

He's known Ms. Beckham since he was a small child.

"I don't have any grandparents left and I would say she was definitely the closest thing to a grandma that I had," says Darby.

Many others remember her by her frequent acts of kindness, they say that's the type of person she was, always kind.

"I had sprained my ankle during the basketball season and she told me she was running late to a meeting, but she still felt the need to sit with me while I  waited for my parents to pick me up," says a Wando 2015 alumna, Brooklyn Dawson.

Students say it's actions like that, that make Beckham unforgettable.

As a former teacher and administrator Beckham dedicated her life to students and served 17 years as Wando High School Principal before being named the Executive Principal of East Cooper Schools. She was also named National High School Principal of the Year in 2010.

"She always went out of her way to make students  feel welcome and feel like they could do anything and she was always there to encourage people," says senior student, and Warrior Ambassador, Mairin Noonan,

Noonan says Beckham was there recently to personally congratulate her on her college acceptance.

"What's important about the things we have on [ribbons] is it describes Ms. Beckham as a champion for students and that's really the best way to describe what she did," says Darby.

"I am blessed that I was able to be under her leadership," says Dawson.

Beckham's Funeral service will take place on Saturday morning at 11 at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The service is open to the public if you'd like to attend. The burial is private.

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