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Lady Serenity de Namaste (Dorri Beyer) of Wisconsin.|
Lady Serenity, of Madison and in retirement Monroe, Wisconsin passed to Summerland Dec. 8, 2004, at the age of 64. Born in Manitowoc, she married in 1966 and moved to Madison to raise a family of five children. She returned to college in Madison and later earned her master's degree in education. She taught special education and at risk students before retiring in 2000.
Serenity had a passion for many social issues and worked with womens' victim causes. Trained in family tradition Wicca, she worked with many covens, and was a respected leader and mentor. She freely offered training and support to all serious seekers.
She had a love of camping, and was well known at many festivals, including the Pagan Spirit Gathering, Heartland, and Pan Pagan Festival. Wherever she went she brought gallons of water and hired the camp's youth to gather her firewood. Each night she maintained a fire to which all seeking warmth, counsel, healing, discussion, humor, and a bit of gossip gathered. Serenity was a gracious host, and her generous nature and laughter provided a safe, welcoming place at festivals.
Lady Serenity was known for her sharp wit and intellect. She fearlessly confronted pain, stupidity, and doubt in others, and stimulated the thought of her community. She lovingly nurtured her garden of people, while maintaining her own boundaries. She assessed ritual by whether "the magic was felt", and created much herself. She presided over many rites of passage, healing, fertility, and silly rituals. She encouraged her community to stretch their abilities past their perceived limits. Serenity made everyone feel they had a "special" relationship with her, she gave you her full attention. Her life was not without sorrow, tragedy, and pain, but she enjoyed each day completely. She led others by example, and was wise.
She developed the Ritual of the Teapot. She engaged children to call the fairies singing "White Coral Bells", and with mirth, called the types of tea to the circle. She led the action song "I'm A Little Teapot", with wild enthusiasm, and held high tea. She never feared "looking foolish" to engage children, or adults for that matter. Serenity loved song, and honored those deserving hero status with her loudest version of, "The Wind Beneath My Wings".
A memorial service occurred, Dec. 11, at the GATES OF HEAVEN in Madison that was attended by many she touched across the Midwest. Serenity stories will be told forever.
A page of remembrances is hosted at http://www.circlesanctuary.org/temple/dbviewentry.php3 by Circle Sanctuary.
Blessings, Lady Serenity...
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