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Cheryl, 77, died on December 21, 2020, at Sun City, AZ of Septic Shock, Clostridium Difficile Colitis, and COVID-19.
Cheryl Beckett was born Cheryl Anne Lutner, December 16, 194,3 in Worthington, Minnesota to Donald C. & Evelyn E. Lutner.
She attended public schools in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Psychology and Child Development in 1965 and an MS in the same at CSU in 1968. She had an MS & PhD in Science of Creative Intelligence from Maharishi International University and taught Transcendental Meditation in Switzerland, France, Germany and India. She completed her PhD in Nutrition from Donsbach University in 1984.
Dr. Beckett served as the director of Trumbull and then Small World Preschool from 1965-1968 and 1980-1998. She was the author of three books about child development. The last one was “Growing Up Inside Out.” Beckett was also the director of the Mind/Body Connection, a complimentary health care organization. She was a licensed insurance agent and helped in her husband, John C. Beckett’s insurance agency. She specialized in long-term care insurance. She was also certified in Touch for Health and Educational Kinesiology. She taught the Transcendental Meditation technique for close to 50 years.
Cheryl Lutner married Robert C. Trumbull in 1964. They later divorced. In 1968 she married Fletcher Bliss Thompson. They divorced after 20 years. In 1993 she married John C. Beckett. Mr. Beckett survives her. She has 7 stepchildren: Fletcher and Mark Thompson, Karin Fusell, Kristen Maston, John, Polly and Tim Beckett; 9 grandchildren: Dawn, Brooke, Tara, Erik and Sean Thompson, Jessica, Nicole and Lauren Maston and Angelo Capalungo, Gerhardt and Lorelei Schwaderlapp, Emily & Joseph Beckett; 8 great-grandchildren: Cody, KC, Alyssa and Mckenzie Coffey, Chantal Gonzales, Monica and Jose Longoria and Liam Maston; and great-great-grandchild, Olson Thompson.
Cheryl was a ski instructor, author, and child advocate. In 2000 she ran for Secretary of State in Colorado. She loved adventures in living. She was on the board of the Center for Peace, Justice & Environment, a member of Women for Peace & Justice & Circle of Ten, Women’s Peace Circle. She was president of Interfaith Council, Chair of NIOTA, on the board of The Geller Center for Spiritual Development and director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held TBD.