Sister Wendy Beckett

  • Born: February 25, 1930
  • Died: December 26, 2018
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Tribute


Sister Wendy

Nun and art historian became a TV star on the BBC and PBS

Sister Wendy Beckett (1930 – 2018) was the unlikely star of art history documentary programs on the BBC. She died at the Carmelite Monastery in Quidenham at the age of 88. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   March 22, 2019

I loved seeing you on BBC. May God bless you.

Posted by m Oakley - fort worth, TX   February 25, 2019

"May God comfort you in your time of loss."
January 20, 2019

Posted by Cheryl Auflick - MYRTLE BEACH, SC   January 19, 2019

So happy that I have found her on You Tube. I can now share her enthusiasm and love of God and art with children and others who were not around in the nineties. I love you dear Sister Wendy.
Hamba Ghashly ?spelling a South African farewell from a South African admirer

Posted by Ann Thomas - Plettenberg Bay, SC   January 14, 2019

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Honestly such a legend rip my queen

Posted by A friend   January 11, 2019

I can only say that i have only listened and watched some of Sister Wendy's videos and i must say how taken i am. The shear honesty in her voice fills one with fresh insight into the persons work that she is portraying .Her love for the living God is invigorating to my soul hoping that i myself one day will reach such. I say to all mankind that her long life on this earth has made a difference and we have benefited from her insight and great study .Our life here on earth is surely short and for someone who said she only wanted to pray to God in solitude, she got around more then most .I hope to meet this lady where harps are played and those who have salvation meet in total Love of our messiah Lord Jesus. Rest in peace dear sister Wendy until the last day.

Posted by philip jones - Folkestone, Kent.   January 10, 2019

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Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   January 03, 2019

Love watching your videos, wish I could have meet you in person. You have the courage of a lion and I admire you as I do Henry VIII. His dedication of the church of England is parallel to your commitment and pride to the Catholic Church. You will be missed in my European History class, but your legacy will stay strong in the documentaries. I intend to venture into the sister hood, and I will take your name in confirmation. XOXO

Posted by - AB   January 03, 2019

PEACE.....LOVE......PRAYERS

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   January 03, 2019

May the God of all comfort sustain you at this time of such great loss.

Posted by A friend   January 03, 2019

My God grant the family peace and comfort for your loss.

Posted by VH    January 02, 2019

Oh no! Sister Wendy was one of the most delightful nuns ever. She really made art come alive. And she wasn't afraid to discuss nudes, either, and with such rich descriptions. She was a wonderful storyteller and art historian. I loved her programs and her obvious enthusiasm for the arts. It was contagious, and it felt like an adventure rather than a history lesson. Rest in peace, Sister Wendy! You deserve it.

Posted by DONNA Maurillo - Scotts Valley, CA   January 02, 2019

You made the pics come alive for me, rest well.

Posted by mary ann hrankowski - rochester, NY   January 02, 2019

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I believe that she has gone home, but I'll miss her energy and humor, not to mention her insights about art and history.
Peace Sisier Wendy, and to your family, and friends.

Posted by Suzanne Dakoulas - Manchester, NH   January 02, 2019

Sister Wendy, as a former college art history major you were a sheer delight to watch as you cruised through the galleries sharing your interpretations of so many works of art. I wish you had been at my college!! Blessings to you and thanks for all you have done for us!!!!

Posted by Nancy Garnett Thomas - East Greenwich, RI   January 02, 2019

Brother

Posted by Arnold Cowan - Nashville, TN - Brother   January 02, 2019

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Rest with The Lord in Paradise ~

Posted by CM - Rainbow City, AL   January 01, 2019

Posted by Karla    December 31, 2018

Posted by Karla    December 31, 2018

Some years ago, Sister Wendy's art videos and books kept me company when I broke my foot and was unable to leave the house. I watched them every day.

I wrote her a letter to tell her about how her videos and books helped me heal. To my surprise, she wrote me back! The letter is very special to me.

Rest In Peace Sister Wendy.

Posted by Libby Contreraz - Long Beach, CA   December 30, 2018

We always enjoyed her art show, she was very interesting, and made you feel good as she presented the art, may she rest in peace with her Lord

Posted by Martin Bradbiry - Quincy, MA   December 30, 2018

Simply , an excellent teacher. I am grateful to you for teaching me how to understand and appreciate art.
Thank you.

R.I.P

Posted by Mike Cacciavillani - Toronto, ON   December 29, 2018

My condolences to your family and friends.

Posted by A friend   December 29, 2018

Another gift from above. Thank you Jesus and thank you PBS for sharing her knowledge and her joy and appreciation of art. I learned so many good things from her. And I have missed her and now, I shall always remember her. She was such a sweetheart. Sister Wendy Beckett, you will always be in my heart.

Posted by Catherine Dionne - Surprise, AZ   December 29, 2018

Posted by Denise - Wilmington, DE   December 29, 2018

Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, coming down from the Father of the celestial lights, who does not vary or change like the shifting shadows.- James 1:17

I admire her appreciation for Art. As an art critic, she transported herself to beauty; sharing with others the emotional power that art transmit to the eyes of humans. And, as a religious person, she took into account The Maker who shaped these precious gifts at mans creation. My sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved friend.

Posted by Y.P. - FL   December 29, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - OH   December 29, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.

God promises that is will fully wipe out death forever.

Posted by R - NY   December 29, 2018

What little I know of Art came from watching Sister Wendy. God bless you Sister Wendy.

Posted by MH Adamson - Ripon, CA   December 29, 2018

TO SIS WENDY BECKETT MY CONDOLENCES ARE FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ALL THOSE WHO LOVED YOU DURING THIS TIME.MAY THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT,COMFORT YOU ALL DURING THIS BEREAVED TIME.

Posted by Wanda Henry - MD   December 28, 2018

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May your soul rest in peace.

Posted by Charles Patenaude - CT   December 28, 2018

God rest your soul, Sister.
You were a real pleasure to watch and listen to.

Posted by Anne Marie De Stefano - CT   December 28, 2018

I loved Sister Wendy and her shows. Rest in Peace, you will be missed.

Posted by MaryAnn McLean - Mesa, AZ   December 28, 2018

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May God bless such a wonderful, compassionate person. Will cherish her intelligence, her humour and her memory through her books and art documentaries.

Posted by Rahul Rohatgi - Glasgow - student   December 28, 2018

the loss of an enlightened soul

Posted by patrick wolfe - wood mountain, SK   December 28, 2018

Having passed through to the Gates of Paradise; dear, Sister Wendy, Grant unto you Eternal Rest. May perpetual light shine upon thee.

The Sovereign in His Providential management:
honored and privileged us with you as our Servant, sister and liege in this passing world, made Holy by our Savior, Lord Jesus the Christ, the Good Shepherd. Who will return and come again on the Last day to judge the living and the dead.

At 88 in human terms your good long run;
you finished the race (of this life.)

In the company of the Saints; may you meet again with all who you hold beloved, Sacred and dear. Amen.

Posted by Joseph Dipaola - Rocky Point,, NY   December 28, 2018

Posted by K Mack    December 28, 2018

With deepest sympathy and condolences for the loss of your dear love one... May you found comfort and strength with family and friends at this difficult time of grief...

Posted by A friend   December 28, 2018

May you find comfort from the God of all comfort to give you the strength you need to cope.

Posted by A friend   December 28, 2018

Another beautiful soul and lover of art has left us. God's speed Sister Wendy.

Posted by Bernadette B. - Hamburg, NY   December 28, 2018

Posted by Ronald Clark - NEWINGTON, CT   December 28, 2018

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Posted by Joan Walton - Columbus, GA   December 28, 2018

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Sister Wendy .. thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight into the beautiful world of art, in doing so you inspired a nation. A truly selfless and gifted lady, until we are all with you again you will be sadly missed....

Posted by Susan Thomsett - Bracknell - friend   December 28, 2018

Thank You, Thank You for Your life; You have helped millions appreciate art in a deeply intimate way ... om mani padme hum, Sister Wendy.

Posted by don cook - apple valley, CA   December 27, 2018

Sister Wendy your job is done go in peace to love and serve the LORD.Rest in GOD'S peace

Posted by Tom Brother - Lady Lake Florida, FL   December 27, 2018

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Rest in peace. You will be greatly missed!

Posted by B Taylor - Las Vegas, NV   December 27, 2018

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2018

Sincere sympathy to the Beckett family at such a grievous time. 1 Peter5:7

Posted by D Tyler - MS   December 27, 2018

May the Lord bless and keep you. May he shine his countenance on you. Amen

Posted by Mercedes Riley - Lakewood, CA   December 27, 2018

She was a slice of humanity that resonated with me. She made me feel like I should love life. Her insights made me feel like we can do better. She had no ego. She saw life as it was. The nun as the pragmatist. The human as the intellect. A good person.

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2018

I loved Sister Wendy, she taught me so much about art, and humor. She was truly gifted . The world needs more like her. rest in Peace.

Posted by tim Harrington - Milwaukee, WI   December 27, 2018

Posted by Toni    December 27, 2018

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Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done....

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   December 27, 2018

She inspired me to look much closer and at the smaller things.

Posted by Al Naclerio - Ancram, NY   December 27, 2018

We all loved St. Wendy and looked forward to her presentation. My husband a budding artist himself especially loved her. May her soul rest in peace.

Posted by TERESA in - Fair Oaks, CA   December 27, 2018

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This cute little candle is for Sister Wendy Beckett May she rest in peace

Posted by Maria Diaz - Maplewood, NJ   December 27, 2018

May she Rest In Heavenly Peace.

Posted by Marianne Kincaid - Coldwater, OH   December 27, 2018

I loved her show, and I cherish her books--
RIP, Sister Wendy

Posted by Barbara Benz - Florissant, MO   December 27, 2018

Ms Beckett lived with an appreciation for art and life. We send our sympathies to her loved ones.

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2018

I enjoyed your programs immensely. I developed an appreciation for art because of your insights and humor. We are forever blessed because you passed through our lives. God bless you.

Posted by Brian Gibson - Wernersville, PA   December 27, 2018

So sad this brilliant woman has left us. I hope the PBS stations have a tribute to her by rerunning her fabulous lectures of art. May her soul be at peace.

Posted by irene Sparacio Sparacio - Wood Dale, IL   December 27, 2018

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Posted by Cynthia Herd - SOUTH HADLEY, MA   December 27, 2018

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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND FOR THE LOVE OF ART, REST IN PEACE SISTER,WENDY.THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE.

Posted by SPANKY - ID   December 27, 2018

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Posted by Ann Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   December 27, 2018

My condolences to everyone loss. May God's love and comfort sustain everyone through this sadness from Psalm 119:76.

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2018

She wrote me two letters of spiritual advice, which changed my life. She said that I was following the vocation God had given me. She said God saw that, like the rich young man, I needed to be held and bound, in total self-gift. I never met her, but I mourn with tears her going-forth from this life into the next, even as I rejoice for her entry into eternal life with God, whom she loved so much. Pray for me, Sister, pray for us all.

Posted by Christina Fox - Melbourne, Australia - friend   December 27, 2018

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May the angels lead her into paradise.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   December 27, 2018

Prayers and condolences at this sad time. Rest In Peace. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of art.

Posted by Joseph Maciora - Lenox, MA - friend   December 26, 2018

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God's Blessings

Posted by A friend   December 26, 2018

She was a great teacher of art and religion

Posted by Ellen Maston - West Chester, PA - friend   December 26, 2018

A Blessed life, well-lived. The gates of heaven welcoming a beloved historian.

Posted by JACQUELINE SELKEN - THOUSAND OAKS, CA   December 26, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.

Posted by A friend   December 26, 2018

I always enjoyed discovering new art with you. Thank you. May you rest in peace with our Lord always.

Posted by Gayle Brown-Hutchins - Willowdale Canada - Student   December 26, 2018

My condolences to the family. May your many fond memories bring you peace and joy.

Posted by A friend   December 26, 2018

What a remarkable woman! My daughter and I thought she was TERRIFIC - so upbeat, knowlegable, insightful. Condolences to friends and family!

Posted by Ann - student   December 26, 2018

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Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   December 26, 2018

I loved listening her interpretation of art. See was special and will be missed.
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Posted by Elayne LaBrecque - Taunton, MA - acquaintance   December 26, 2018

Sister Wendy was cool!!:') Thank you for your service to the church (the family of Christ), humanity, especially, to the children in spirit and truth whe worship Jesus our King of kings!

Posted by William M. - Reading, PA   December 26, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort, sustain your family during these challenging times.

Posted by thomas brown - flint, MI   December 26, 2018

May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.

Posted by Stacy    December 26, 2018

Please accept my heartfelt condolences and prayers. May Almighty God in his infinite wisdom grant solace during this most challenging time. Isaiah 63:9 ~ With Love & Hugs

Posted by A Caring Neighbor    December 26, 2018


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