Pictured: Maureen Beebe. Photo courtesy Chincoteague Vol. Fire Dept. Facebook page

 

Chincoteague icon Maureen Beebe passed away last week. Beebe was featured with her brother Paul in the 1947 book Misty of Chincoteague. The book by Marguerite Henry and the subsequent movie propelled the development of interest in the annual Pony Penning and subsequently the tourist industry on the island. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire company issued the following tribute on their facebook page.

“It is with great sadness that the Chincoteague Vol Fire Co announces the death of our dear friend, Maureen Beebe. A true Chincoteague icon with a huge heart and huge personality. She was so much more than the little girl depicted in the MISTY book. She was a legend, a testament to good works, a heartfelt soul who cherished her independence and her family. This island will never be the same and we as individuals and company as a whole have been forever blessed by her gift of love and friendship that she bestowed to each of us. Ride high Maureen, we will love you forever!”

Beebe was a long time resident of Chincoteague Island but was called a private person and did not seek any notoriety. She was played by Pam Smith who along with David Ladd, Aurthur O’Connell and Anne Seymore portrayed the Beebe family and the story of the rescue of Misty during a pony swim by Maureen’s brother Paul played by Ladd.

 

 

Alexa WESR