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MaVynee "The Beach Lady" Betsch Succumbs To Cancer

6:41 PM, Sep 6, 2005   |    comments
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By Kyle Meenan First Coast News AMERICAN BEACH, FL -- MaVynee "The Beach Lady" Betsch died Monday following a three year battle with cancer, but her legacy will continue for generations. "First of all, she was close to impossible to ignore, and once you encountered her, you had to fall in love with her," said her younger brother John. And so many lives she touched did marvel at this world-traveled opera singer who became an activist for a better world and a passionate advocate for environmental causes. Causes fueled by her passion for life itself. "Part of it is that tremendous love, and as we say, 'joi de vivre'," said John Betsch. Much of MaVynee's lifetime was spent preserving American Beach -- a haven for African Americans during segregation founded by her maternal great grandfather, Abraham Lincoln Lewis. Her magnificent dreadlocks, which put her in the Guinness Book of World Records, had been growing since Richard M. Nixon was in the White house. "She always had long hair and she just decided not to cut it and to put it in the style that she did, I guess in the late 60s," said brother John. "She was just so full of life and had so much going on, you just got caught up in her storm." A storm that has quietly, peacefully come to pass. MaVynee Betsch, The Beach Lady, gone, at the age of seventy.

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