Violet Grace Becker, 79, Minatare

Violet Grace Becker, 79, of Minatare, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Monument Bible Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Dan Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at East Lawn Cemetery in Minatare. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made to the family and will be designated at a later date.

Vi was born February 3, 1934 at her grandmother's house in Scottsbluff to Paul and Mary (Heiter) Brown of Banner County. She began school at Victory Hill, attended Henry, and then in Long Beach, California during WWII. Her high school years were spent at Mitchell High School. Vi became a licensed beautician in 1950 and was the first in the state of Nebraska to do so at the age of 16. She worked at the beauty shop during the day and as a carhop on roller skates in the evenings. Vi also worked at the Wild Cat Dude Ranch.

She married Harold (Cork) Becker on October 4, 1951 at Harrisburg. They purchased their first farm in the Highland District in 1955 and this was where they raised their family of six children.

Vi was a member of the Acme Project Club. She helped with some farming, but when a Grade A Dairy was added, she was the only one that had to do milking duty morning and night. She taught herself to drive, cook, bake, can, sew, knit and crochet. Vi loved to craft and was a very talented artist. She dearly loved her family, enjoyed making them things and having them gather at her home. She was also a great cook and seamstress and an avid reader and crossword puzzle solver.

Survivors include her husband, Harold T. Becker; sons, Tom Becker of Minatare and Ted Becker of Sidney; daughters, Susan Green of Scottsbluff, Cindy (Kim) Severyn of Columbus, NE, and Pam (Bob) Dickinson of Minatare; sister, Lillian (Babe) Richardson of Crawford; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Ron) Miller of Clovis, CA; brothers-in-law, Bob (Carol) Crable of Bayard, Jerry (Pam) Crable of Gering, and Joe (Lynn) Crable of Pflugerville, TX; grandchildren, Nichole Becker, James (Lisa) Becker, Alisha Becker, Patrick Becker, Julie (Scott) Fegler, Karleen (John) Guretzky, Shaina (Kelly) Stricker, Stefanie (Daniel) Ramirez, Shayna Becker, Steven (Jamie) Schaffer, Nick Schaffer, Brandon (Jessica) Schaffer, Tessa Armstrong, and Torey Armstrong; great grandchildren, Mason and Savanna Becker, Meric and Madison Vorse, Ayden Laughlin, Jamie, Halle, and Hunter Fegler, Chase and Sonya Uher, Rylan Guretzky, Molly and Riley Stricker, Elizabeth Heilbrun, Elaina Ramirez, Trinity, David, Shauna, Elizabeth, Carter, and Blake Schaffer; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Preceding Vi in death was her son, Tim Becker; granddaughter, Jessica Armstrong; mother, Mary Brown Nelson Krieg, father, Paul Brown; step-father, Marvin Nelson; son-in-law, Lynn Green; and brother-in-law, Bob Richardson.

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