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Ruth Beckwith Olson, a resident of Sands Point for 45 years and wife of former Sands Point Mayor, Roy C. Olson, died of a brain tumor while under hospice care on July 28, 2001 at the Preston Health Center in Hilton Head, SC. She was 96 years old.

The daughter of George Granville Beckwith and Annie Tupper Beckwith, Ruth Agnes Beckwith was born on March 30, 1905 in Boston, MA, where she lived until her marriage to Roy C. Olson in 1929. She and her husband moved to Great Neck in 1941 and to Sands Point in 1952, where Mrs. Olson resided until her move to The Cypress in Hilton Head in 1977.

An avid gardner, nature-lover, animal-lover, prolific painter of landscapes and creator of exquisite needlepoint artistry, Ruth Olson enthusiastically dedicated her life to community service. She was a volunteer nurse's aide at North Shore Community Hospital, a member of the GN Community Scholarship Committee, a member of the North Shore Branch of the AAUW and a long-time member of the Sands Point Garden Club, where she served as president from 1961 to 1963.

Mrs. Olson is survived by her cherished daughter, Natalie Holland of Massapequa; five beloved grandchildren; and eight adored great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the Congregational Church, Northern Blvd., Manhasset. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Palmetto Health Hospice, PO Box 1857, Bluffton, SC 29910.

Gilda Pellechia, 90, of Hudson, FL, formerly of Port Washington, died on July 29, 2001 at Tandem Healthcare of Bayonet Point, Hudson. Ms. Pellechia was born in NYC and moved to Hudson from Port Washington in 1997. She was the supervisor of inspections for Thompson Industries for 20 years, after which she retired. She was a member of the Bible Church of Port Washington. She is survived by her son Raymond Pellechia (Marcie) of Las Vegas, NV; her daughter Johanna Dandrea (John) of Hudson; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.


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