William Gordon Beecher Sr.
Mary Gertrude Robertson
Carville Dickinson Benson
Harriette Cassard Miller
Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher Jr.
Carvilla Brian Benson
Virginia Brian Beecher


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1. Captain John Bruce Scrymgeour

Virginia Brian Beecher 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 15 Apr 1928, Coronado, San Diego, CA, USA 2 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Captain John Bruce Scrymgeour in Dec 1954 in , , , Bahrain 1
  • Died: 19 Dec 2021, Arlington, Arlington, VA at age 93 4 5
  • Buried: Arlington: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 4 5

   Another name for Virginia was Skippy Beecher.5

   FamilySearch ID: L583-LT5.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1930 in Coronado, San Diego, CA, USA. 6 The 1930 census recorded renting for $50 a month at 416 D Avenue: William G. Beecher Jr., lieutenant in U.S. Navy, 26, living with wife Carvilla, 23, and daughter Virginia, 1 year 11 months. Virginia was born in California and her parents and their parents in Maryland.

2. Residence: Beecher Wm G (Carvilla) USN h 1215 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA in 1932 in San Diego, San Diego, CA. 7

3. S.S. Lurline Departing Los Angeles 14 Jun 1935 Arriving Honolulu 20 Jun 1935 Beecher, William 31, Beecher, Carvilla 28, Beecher, Virginia 7, Beecher, Gordon 2 on 20 Jun 1935 in Honolulu, Honolulu, HI. 8

4. SS Lurline, Depart Honolulu, HI 15 Jan 1938 Arrive Los Angeles, CA 22 Jan 1938 Beecher, William, 33, Beecher, Carvilla, 31, Beecher, Virginia, 9, Beecher, Gordon, 4 on 15 Jan 1938 in Honolulu, Honolulu, HI. 9

5. Census in 1950 in Arlington, Arlington, VA. 10 The 1950 census recorded at 1820 N. Hartford Street: William G. Beecher, U.S. Navy, 46, living with wife Carvilla B., 43; Virginia B., 21; Gordon L., 16. Everyone was born in Maryland except Virginia in California. In 1949 they lived in Honolula, Hawaii.

6. Scrymgeours arrived from New York via Le Havre on 9 Oct 1957 in Southampton, , HAM, ENG. 3 On board
John B. Scrymgeour b. 7/1/16
Virginia B. Scrymgeour b. 4/15/28
Patricia M. Scrymgeour b. 12/10/42

7. Residence: 11020 Vale Road, Oakton, VA 22124 on 26 Dec 1980 in Oakton, Fairfax, VA, USA. 11

8. Residence: The Jefferson, 900 N Taylor St, Arlington, VA 22203 from 1993 to 2021 in Arlington, Arlington, VA. 5

9. Obituary: Obituary of Virginia (Skippy) on 19 Dec 2021 in Arlington, Arlington, VA. 5 Virginia (Skippy) Scrymgeour, age 93, of Arlington, VA passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. She was born in Coronado, California on April 15, 1928. The daughter of Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher Jr. and Carvilla Brian Benson she led an exciting life.

As the child of a Naval Academy grad she grew up around Navy bases, including Pearl Harbor where, as a teenager, she helped survivors after the attack before leaving for college at William and Mary. Beautiful, brilliant, tall and graceful, she met Naval Attache, J. Bruce Scrymgeour after graduation and they were married in Saudi Arabia while he was stationed in Bahrain. Their lives took them around the world as they supported military and US state department efforts over the next 20+ years before retiring as antique dealers back in Oakton, Virginia.

She continued to travel the world after Bruce's death in 1978, sometimes solo as a passenger on tramp steamers, and often with her sisters-in-law families, spending autumn weeks at Keuka Lake in NY and coastal Maine. Eventually she moved to Arlington and has been a resident of The Jefferson for the past 28 years. It was here she met her next door neighbor with the same first name. Skip Sparks and Skippy shared a loving relationship for many years prior to his recent passing. Despite her struggles with macular degeneration and hearing issues, she maintained her grace until the end. She will be truly missed by everyone who came to know her.

She is survived by her step-daughter, Patricia Peterson of Prince Frederick, Maryland, her brother, Gordon Lee Beecher of Melbourne, Florida, her sister-in-law Sally Mauerman of Port Charlotte, Florida, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Floberg of Seattle Washington, and her many loving nieces and nephews from coast to coast.

There will be no local service. She will be laid to rest with her late husband, Captain John Bruce Scrymgeour at Arlington National Cemetery.

Virginia married Captain John Bruce Scrymgeour, son of Norman Burritt Scrymgeour and Nettie E. Stoll, in Dec 1954 in , , , Bahrain.1 (Captain John Bruce Scrymgeour was born on 1 Jul 1916 in Rochester, Monroe, NY, USA,3 12 13 14 died on 26 Dec 1980 in Oakton, Fairfax, VA, USA 12 14 and was buried on 31 Dec 1980 in Arlington: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 12 14.)


1 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), 28 Nov 1954, page 67. Engagement of Virginia Brian Beecher and John Bruce Scrymgeour.

2 FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com, California Birth Index, 1905-1995, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGSV-3ND Virginia Brian Beecher, 1928.

3 Ancestry.com, UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.

4 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/240845136.

5 Dignity Memorial, https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/arlington-va/virginia-scrymgeour-10493392.

6 1930 United States Census, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC68-NMP William G. Belcher Jr. Coronado CA.

7 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1932 San Diego City Directory, page 1054, image 546.

8 Ancestry.com, Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959 (National Archives, Washington, D.C.Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Honolulu, Hawaii, 12/1957-9/1969. NARA Microfilm Publication A3577 56 rolls. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004, Record Group 85. National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Nara Roll: 156. William Beecher and family.

9 FamilySearch.org, California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZQH-G7L William and family.

10 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XLJ-KBX3 William G Beecher Arlington VA.

11 FamilySearch.org, Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987, Certificate 80-039964 John B. Scrymgeour b. 1 Jul 1916 d. 26 Dec 1980 father Norman Burritt Scrymgeour mother Nettie Stoll spouse Virginia B. Scrymgeour informant.

12 Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/ has online gravsite locator.), http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Find-a-Grave.

13 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), John Bruce Scrymgeour b. 1 Jul 1916 Rochester NY.

14 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/120619447.

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