Lysbeth Buckingham obituary – Florida Times-Union


Lysbeth Kelly Buckingham passed away peacefully on December 8 at her home, surrounded by her family. Kelly was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 13, 1961. In her youth, she had a good time on the St. Johns River, attending summer camp and taking family trips to the Bahamas. She traveled the world and had a special affection for cashiers, Calistoga, Italy and her “special place” in the Florida Keys. Kelly attended Bolles School and completed her high school education at Madeira School in McClean, Virginia. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.

After college, Kelly began an accomplished career in politics stretching from Tallahassee to Washington, DC. She was especially good at fundraising, campaign support, fun, and building lasting friendships. On July 23, 1988, she and Bill Buckingham were introduced to each other again by dear friends, and on November 18, 1989, they were married. They were quickly blessed with two beautiful children where Kelly left politics to raise her family. She cared deeply for others and was nicknamed “my second mom” on several occasions. Kelly has become very active in social and philanthropic circles. She has chaired fundraising events for the Cummer Museum and the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, while participating in the Beaches Community Fund and many other charitable campaigns. Kelly was a trusted colleague who demonstrated that any task can be accomplished with excellence and good humor. Her longtime friends refer to her as one who “lived with generosity and joy while having the best kind of confidence and conviction”.

Kelly loved to plan, greet and make people smile. Never a follower, she inspired the annual “W&L O-Line Dinner”, perfected the “FL-GA by Boat Party”, coached the “Superstars” to a softball championship and blew many traffic jams thanks to the Rutherford Dust Society. Kelly was strong and straightforward in her desire to help, advise, and support others in times of need. She has never met a stranger, always encouraged others to be the best versions of themselves, and never doubted or compromised her standards. Above all, Kelly cherished being surrounded by family and friends while celebrating all the blessings of this life. She was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother, “team mom” and friend. She remained proud, stoic and optimistic throughout her illness; never wanting to draw attention to their pain and discomfort for fear that their suffering will upset friends and family.

Kelly is predeceased by her father Michael F. Davidson. She will be sadly missed by her 32-year-old husband Bill, her son Christopher Talbot Buckingham (Raquel Chrysson), daughter Catherine Buckingham Nichols (Blake), grandson William Kerry Nichols, mother Field Davidson Boatwright (John), brother Michael F. Davidson Jr. (Daisy Miller), nephews Trip and Gunnar Davidson, niece Elinor Davidson, stepmother Catherine Brooke Buckingham, sister-in-law Florence Dabney Buckingham, Aunt Cindy Purcell, Uncle Buddy Purcell, cousins ​​Benham Bishop (Henry ) and Field Copeland, the Boatwright family (John, Barbara, Ross, Grace) and the Fields family (Paul, Elizabeth, Pope, Susie) along with many other cherished extended family members.

The family sincerely thank the clinical team and the friends who have made themselves at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic and Community Hospice and Palliative Care, as well as for the comfort Miss Shirley has provided. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Community PedsCare or Christ Episcopal Church Ponte Vedra, where the funeral will be on Friday December 17 at 1:00 PM. Reception to be followed at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

Arrangements are in the care of the Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home. Family and friends can share their condolences and memories at

Posted on December 11, 2021

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