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Joyce Charlene Becker


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Joyce Charlene Becker Obituary

Joyce Charlene Becker, 77, of Colusa, California died of respiratory failure on September 8, 2015 at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after a decades long battle with a series of medical conditions.

She was born on March 8, 1938 in Billings, Montana, and was the daughter of Dan and Dorothy (Marker) Zeiler. She graduated from Hardin High School in Hardin in 1956, and the University of Montana in 1960, and earned a Masters Degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. She moved to Colusa, California, in 1964.

Joyce enjoyed dance, ice skating, and snow skiing growing up in Hardin, Montana. She was a Worthy Advisor in Rainbow Girls, a cheerleader, and kept meticulous scrapbooks in high school. She taught Physical Education and English at Williams and Maxwell High School.

She married Alan Becker in 1965. Joyce was paralyzed in a car accident in 1967 on a drive back to Colusa from Maxwell. After spending a year in recovery in Vallejo, Joyce returned to Colusa to work at the Colusa Social Services Department.

Joyce worked as the Colusa County Librarian from 1977 to 1994. She was regarded by many as a hard-charging and tireless administrator who fought to keep the library open during a time of budget cuts.

Joyce served in Soroptimist International, and was a member of the Colusa Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Becker of Stockton, California, and her sister Sandra Maack of Cour d'Alene, Idaho. Preceded in death by her brother, Danny Zeiler, and husband, Alan M. Becker of Colusa.

A memorial service was held at Colusa Presbyterian Church in Colusa on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Contributions may be made in memory of Joyce Becker to the Friends of the Colusa County Free Library, P.O. Box 1105, Colusa, CA 95932.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015
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