HAMPTON - Catherine Marie Becker, 85, a lifelong resident of Hampton, and active member of Liberty Baptist Church, ascended into heaven on April 1, 2012, at Northampton Convalescent Center, Hampton.
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Born on Feb. 18, 1927, Marie was the daughter of the late Mallory M. and Lillian Mae Gatewood Sealey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Lloyd Becker; and brothers, Earl Sealey, Mallory Sealey and Edwin Sealey.
She is survived by two sons, Bruce Randolph Becker and his wife, Marion, and Leon Dale Becker and his wife, Deborah; one brother, Joseph Sealey; two sisters, Geneva Ashe, and Vivian Landrum; five grandchildren, Meredith Neufeld and husband Ryan, Andrew Becker and wife Jessica, Suzanne Becker, Brett Becker, and David Becker; and great-granddaughter, Esther Paige Becker.
Marie was raised on the Sealey family farm in Hampton. She graduated from Hampton High School as her class valedictorian. She enjoyed playing both the piano and organ. She served as Sunday School Superintendent at Liberty Baptist Church and later retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Marie shared many laughs with her grandchildren on trips to Blue Bird Gap Farm, Busch Gardens, Atlanta, and Warner Robins, Ga., over the years.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, officiated by Dr. Thomas Andrews at Peninsula Funeral Home. There will be a private burial in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be made to the building fund for Liberty Baptist Church, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Apr. 4 to Apr. 6, 2012