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BECKER: Velma Lorraine (nee Mitchell) Becker was born October 27, 1923 in Lampman, SK to Robert and Alma Mitchell. She was the second oldest in a family of eight children. Due to the Depression they decided to move to Manitoba in 1934. They settled on a farm five miles east of Douglas. Velma married Thomas "Art" Becker October 2, 1943 in Douglas, MB. Art and Velma had 5 children. The family lived in Douglas until 1956 when they bought the BA Service Station from Art's parents. Mom ran the gas pumps and general store until 1968 when they closed it and Mom went to work at Carnation Foods for one year. She then worked at Fox Memorial Hospital in Carberry for almost 20 years. During retirement, Dad and Mom enjoyed many trips, some by tour bus and some in their travel trailer. They especially enjoyed trips to the Yukon, Grand Old Opry and the East Coast. Mom and Dad bought a house in Carberry and moved there in 1994. While Dad filled his time with camping, yard work and his work shop, Mom preferred indoor activities and hobbies. She faithfully watched baseball on TV. If you visited during the World Series games you could be assured you had only half of her attention. Mom spent endless hours knitting and crocheting. Her crocheting was incredibly intricate and perfectly done. She even taught local ladies to crochet and many of them have commented on her patience and expertise. Mom also made numerous afghans and other knitting articles. She made an afghan for each of her 10 grandchildren and her 18 great grandchildren. They are treasured mementos of grandma to this day. Velma's grandchildren all remember a seemingly endless supply of frozen cookies kept for their visits. All of her family will miss her famous Christmas fudge which she gladly shared with all who visited. After Dad passed away in March of 2017, Mom remained in their suite and continued to knit various articles to fill her time. In December of 2018, Mom moved into Rotary Villas in Brandon where she enjoyed the company of her sister, Phyllis Harburn, her two sisters-in-law, Marg Mitchell and Muriel Mitchell and friends from Carberry and Douglas. In June 2019, Mom moved to the Wawanesa Personal Care Home where she passed away peacefully with family by her side. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care and support that Mom received at Wawanesa Personal Care Home. She had a wonderful time and is remembered by the staff for her sense of humor and personality. The staff made Mom's last years totally comfortable and enjoyable. She never had a complaint about staff or care and we are forever grateful she was in such a wonderful place and cared for by kind and caring people. Loved and missed by her family, she is survived by sons, Tom (Karen), Craig (Beverley), Wayne (Jody) and daughter Trina (Ron) Fisher, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren, 1 sister, 2 sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband Art Becker, one infant son, sisters Marie May and Bernice Baker, Brothers Robert Mitchell and Ken Mitchell, and two infant sisters. A private, graveside service was held in Carberry, Nov. 12, 2020 with Gloria Mott officiating, with interment following. All of Mom's grandchildren were Honorary Pallbearers: Alma Kruse, Keven Becker, Erin Hood, Kristin Balciunas, Amanda Baskerville, Terry Bray, Loren Lobreau, Tyson Fisher, Stefanie Beamish and Timothy Fisher. Memorial donations if desired may be made to the Carberry and Area Community Foundation, Box 807, Carberry, MB R0K 0H0.
White's Funeral Home in care of arrangements
As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 21, 2020
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