8/13 Quay Personalities

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Managing Editor

Who: Diane Beck

Tucumcari resident for 22 years with a long list of community efforts; born and raised in Albuquerque.
One claim to fame: This registered nurse helped get the health care license for Helping Hands Hospice, the not-for-profit organization that just had its 10 year anniversary. Beck said her 33-year nursing career includes stints at Presbyterian Health Care, Trigg Memorial Hospital and the hospice. Her community efforts include work with Altrusa and the Tucumcari/Quay Chamber of Commerce.
Another claim to fame: She said she no longer has to carry her cell phone — Beck has officially retired.

“It’s awesome,” she said of her newfound freedom. “It’s the thrill of being able to pursue my other passions.” Beck, who owns Desert Rose Crafts on Main Street, will be fulfilling her dream of no commitments but arts and crafts. She will be concentrating on her shop and giving classes.

With nearly 100 years worth of nursing in Beck’s family among her mother, herself and her two daughters, Beck said people would think she was retiring for one of three reasons.

She wishes to clear up any confusion. “I retired because I became legal age. I want people to know I’m not getting a divorce, I was not fired from the hospice and I am not dying,” she said.

Quay Personalities is compiled by QCS Managing Editor Ryn Gargulinski. Anyone who knows of a notable personality should contact Gargulinski at 461-1952 or: