Terry Elizabeth Allen Beck
July 1, 1952 — Oct. 5, 2012
Mount Hermon resident Terry Elizabeth Allen Beck, who was known for her care of more than 60 young people in the foster care system, died last week. She was 60.
Born in Pittsburg, Pa., on July 1, 1952, Mrs. Beck was the fourth of the five children of Louis A. and Ruth G. Allen.
She grew up in Palo Alto, where she graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1970.
Her college career included a year in Germany, studies at Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from University of Nevada, Reno. She married Randy Beck in 1974 and settled in Mount Hermon, where they raised their family.
Foster parents for many years, the couple received the Children and Families Hero Award from the Santa Cruz County Children and Families Commission in 2002 and the Good Samaritan Hero award from the American Red Cross in 2008. Together they cared for more than 60 young people through the foster care system.
Mrs. Beck spent years as a foster parent mentor and participated in training new foster parents. She wrote a book, published in 1994, called “Building Healthy Friendships: Teaching Friendship Skills to Young People,” which has helped countless families raise healthier children.
Relatives said she was a friend in time of need, served quietly in many capacities and believed in the value and potential of every child.
Mrs. Beck was a skilled artisan, creating beautiful works in fabric and tile. She has left a legacy of Christmas stockings, outdoor picassiette murals and wildly patterned pants.
She was also an integral member of Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochan Orthodox Church in Ben Lomond, where her husband serves as a priest.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Andrew Beck of Mount Hermon; 10 children and their spouses; four siblings and their spouses; and 11 grandchildren.