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  • DECEASED

    Beth-Ann Buitekant

  • AGE

    76

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Monday, August 22, 2022 (Before Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Saturday, September 10, 2022

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    3:00 PM

  • PLACE OF BURIAL

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  • OBITUARY

    There are a few people in this life whose belief in human goodness shines all the more brightly amid the dark social and economic times of these past few years.  All who encountered Beth-Ann Buitekant knew her as such a person— a humanitarian, an uncommonly keen and kind listener, and a consistent voice of hopefulness and encouragement.  

     

    Following a long and winding health journey, Beth-Ann, 76, passed away serenely in her Atlanta home on August 22, 2022, with her loving daughter Ruby-Beth at her bedside.

     

    Born in Ridgefield, New Jersey, on February 15, 1946, to Rubin and Sylvia (Bickwit) Buitekant, Beth-Ann was the younger of two children, brother Michael, d. 2008. Both parents came from immigrant families who grappled for years with the lines between identity and assimilation. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 1968, a pivotal moment for the U.S. anti-war and Black freedom movements, in which she became deeply involved.

     

    Beth-Ann’s adult life was framed by her enduring commitments to racial and social justice, peace, and feminism. She spent her 20s and early 30s residing in several places, including Indianapolis, where she helped run an underground anti-war newspaper, and a farm in Camden, New York—the snow belt region. She forever described her time farming as the healthiest of her life, growing food, collecting sap, and tending to heifers. She worked full time as a nurse throughout her years as a farmer and found joy and comfort in country living. Her beloved wood cook stove, which she used for food and heat, proudly sits in the side yard of her Atlanta home to this day, a symbol of a simpler time that she loved and missed. She moved to Atlanta in 1981 and continued her work there as a nurse and as a peace activist. In 1984 she bought a house in East Atlanta, where she lived for the rest of her life.

     

    With the birth three years later of her daughter Ruby-Beth Essra Yakira Ifetayo Buitekant, Beth-Ann realized a lifelong dream of becoming a mother.  She spoke of her daughter as her greatest gift and favorite person. Everyone she met heard a lot about her daughter. She also triumphed over two savage bouts of breast cancer in those years. In 1985 she founded a weekly radio talk show on WRFG-FM entitled “Just Peace,” which she hosted for years and which continues today.

     

    Naturally drawn to nonviolent problem-solving, Beth-Ann returned to school in the 1990s and earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School for Professional Psychology.  She became the counselor for the Friends School of Atlanta and established a private family therapy practice.  She maintained that practice until 2021 and blended macro and micro changes through her work with interracial families, immigrants, and adolescents in crisis. She ran workshops on death and dying. She was honored to help run the race conscious parenting collective with Charis Circle, a feminist community she was connected to for decades. 

     

    Beth-Ann possessed an unending curiosity and compassion about people and relationships. A lover of laughter, travel, and the ocean, she enjoyed adventures in Ecuador, Edinburgh, Italy, Tybee Island, and many more places. Other interests included photography, pets, movies, intergenerational friendships, and collecting small mementos to give as gifts to her daughter and friends, especially in the colors purple and blue.

     

    Always a spiritual seeker, she was drawn to the equality, justice, and simplicity principles of Quakerism, and was active for many years in the Atlanta Friends Meeting.  Later in life, relieved to find a more inclusive, egalitarian Jewish worship experience than that of her youth, she also rekindled an interest in Judaism and became active in the Bet Haverim Congregation of Atlanta.  She found special healing in the chanting there.

     

    Beth-Ann coped gracefully with multiple health challenges, including the complete loss of her eyesight in the final months of her life, just as she was about to become a grandmother. As her physical health plummeted, she maintained a striking other-centeredness and exchanged sight for insight, possessing an optimism that was dimmed at times but never extinguished. She entered hospice care in July 2022.  

     

    Her survivors include daughter Ruby-Beth Buitekant and son-in-law Taylor Grandchamp, who served as her tender primary caregivers, as well as grandchild Lazuli Jaq Buitechamp, born October 6th, 2021, of whom she was most proud. She also leaves behind beloved dog Viejo and cat Poppyseed. Beth-Ann was a mother, sister, or auntie to a powerful network of loving friends too numerous to list here.  She is forever missed.

     

    Beth-Ann was buried at the Honey Creek Woodlands Preserve in Conyers, GA. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Friends School of Atlanta at 3pm. All are welcome. 

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  • Lynn B Friedman

    Certainly a woman that will be missed. Reading the loving tribute to her was a privilege. I wish I had had an opportunity to meet her as we are the same age and lived here in Atlanta at the same time! Lynn


  • Mary & John Sladky

    We are so sorry for your loss. Beth Ann was a serene presence in a chaotic world.


  • Jody Steinberg

    Ruby-Beth, Tayler and Lazuli, I am so sorry for your loss. This tribute to your mom makes me sad I didn't know her better - we spoke a few times in recent years, and she was kind and generous with her knowledge. Her memory will be a blessing for you and for many others for generations to come.


  • Nancy Kriseman

    I didn't know your mom that well, but I know that she was so loved and loving. I think of a quote by Rabbi Kushner whose son died of a disease called progeria. He says..."love doesn't die, it just gets recycled." Today as Rabbi Mike said, your mom's love will keep on giving to all she has touched.


  • Shelley Rose

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed many years with Beth-Ann at our CBH chant. She was a loving and giving person. Sending warm wishes to you on your loss.


  • Miriam Arensberg

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I adored Beth-Ann and appreciated her friendship over the years. She was helpful to me and my family in countless ways. She will be really missed. Much love to you all.


  • Menes Sandra

    Many thoughts go out to you. May her memory be a blessing and a comfort. I will be honored to make a donation in her memory to CBH. Sandra


  • Doris Gordon and Bob Lackey

    With deep sorrow and loving memories: Ruby Beth and all who have been blessed to have known Beth Ann.


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