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home : obituaries : obituaries May 25, 2016

6/29/2013 8:00:00 AM
Betty Becker
March 7, 1923-June 27, 2013

Betty (King) Becker, 90, Rochester, passed away at 7:21 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born on March 7, 1923, in Rochester, the daughter of Joseph V. King II and Blanche (Rans) King. On Aug. 17, 1946, she married DeVerl Becker, of Rochester. Because her father was a senior clerk with the U.S. Indian Service, she lived on several Indian reservations and attended primary school with Indians who resided at the boarding school. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1940 and completed a one-year post-graduate business course.

At home, she was a jack of all trades. She could handle all the tools, including the power saw and the power drill. She fixed the plumbing and did electrical wiring wherever needed. She could fix about anything using tape, glue, string, wires and Popsicle sticks. She could pack boxes, suitcases and the trunk of the car tighter than anyone. She was the Coupon Queen before the TV show was born. Her pies took first place at any family gatherings. As family beautician, she kept the supply of Toni perms and curling rods, ready to give a perm when her records showed it was time. She loved to go fishing and found the most mushrooms on the hunt.

She belonged to bridge clubs and bowling leagues. She enjoyed playing bingo and dominoes and the penny machines at the Blue Chip Casino. She enjoyed big band music and danced whenever she had the opportunity. She was a charter member of the Beta Mu chapter of Tri Kappa sorority. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron from 1960-1961. She has been a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church since 1972. She worked as secretary at First Baptist Church for several years and at the Fulton County Public Library for 29 years as library clerk.

She led a very active life until Alzheimer's Disease brought her to her final stage of life. She lived a good life and had no regrets. She was at peace with family and friends, and they will miss her dearly.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Absi and husband Pierre, Rochester, Beth Higgins, Greenfield; four grandchildren, Laura (Absi) Ralston and husband Dennis, Granger, Rick Absi and wife Gessica (Brown) Indianapolis, Lydia (Absi) Claghorn and husband Bret, Roanoke, and Myra (Absi) Witte and husband Clint, South Whitley; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Linda (King) Allen and husband Jim, Michigan City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeVerl on Feb. 12, 2005, her parents, and three brothers, Joey King in 1938, Jack King in 2011 and Kirk King in 2005.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday July 1, 2013, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Buck Padilla officiating.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Council on Aging senior activities, Fulton County Public Library or Trinity United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Gallagher

Beth and family,
Sorry to hear about your mom.

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Shriver

I went to school with Mary Beth. Mr Becker was our teacher in Jr High. Mrs Becker was Rochester's Librarian and always made us feel welcome.
I wish the family my best at this time of true loss.

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