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Jolkovski, Becca
61, of Phoenix passed away on May 18, 2016. Becca, born in Omaha, spent her early days living and working in numerous places across the country, including Phoenix. When she was living in McLean, VA, she met her future husband, Clark. After the birth of their second child, they packed up and moved to Phoenix, eventually purchasing the most southwestern house in Phoenix, surrounded on two sides by cotton fields in a place called Ahwatukee. At the young age of 36, Becca was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She battled it into submission through surgery and chemotherapy and was helped a great deal by a volunteer advisor in the American Cancer Society Reach-to-Recovery program. She chose to pay it forward by becoming a volunteer herself earning the distinction as the 1991-1992 American Cancer Society volunteer of the year for Ahwatukee/Tempe. Becca also served as one of the earliest members of the Ahwatukee Village Planning committee, helping to shape Ahwatukee into the big town with the small town feel that it is today. Her husband's work took the family away to Oklahoma for three years, but when they returned to Arizona, they bought a house less than a mile away from their first Ahwatukee home. Along the way, Becca volunteered her time to help in each of the schools that her sons attended: Kyrene de los Lagos, Mount Carmel Catholic School, Kyrene Akimel A-al, and Desert Vista. She also was an assistant Cub Scout den leader and she helped the Desert Aquatics swim team with fundraising and clerical support. Becca was also an accomplished entrepreneur having owned a home-based secretarial service, a property management firm and an early online retail business. Later in life, Becca struggled with a wide variety of medical challenges including Lupus, RA, osteoporosis, Lung Cancer, and the loss of a leg due to infection. But she overcame each of these obstacles with grit and determination but also with love for her family and a great sense of humor. Her family will miss her greatly but we can only guess that St. Peter needed a volunteer to help with the paperwork. So like the rest of us, he knew he could call on Becca to help. Becca is survived by her husband of nearly 38 years, Clark, her mother, Dolores Wright of Chandler, her father Patrick Wright of Fairfield Bay, AR, her brother John, of Omaha, NE, her brother Jim of Ahwatukee, her son Patrick and daughter-in-law Krista of Chandler, her son David of Scottsdale and the light of her life, granddaughter Ryann of Chandler.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 15, 2016
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