Dorothy (Dottie) Mitchell Beck (88) went peacefully to be with our Lord on January 13, 2010, in the arms of her children, after a brief illness. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Cornelia Butler Mitchell on October 28, 1921. She attended Little Rock High School. She, along with her sister, Cornelia Randall Mitchell and her mother were members of First Baptist Church El Paso for over 60 years. She is survived by her two children, Richard Beck and Nancye Beck, Grand children, Michelle (Ryan) Sprott, R.G. (Martha) Beck, Lisa Beck, Great Grand daughter, Lucy Beck (RG and Martha), and Cousin, Stephen Butler, of Little Rock. She is predeceased by her mother, sister and husband, George E. Beck, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. She was married to George May 12,1947 in Little Rock. She met him while he was in the U.S. Army after his return from World War II. This led them to El Paso, where he was a trainer at Ft. Bliss. She enjoyed many years of caring for their household and children, entertaining and attending local and traveling to sporting events for Texas College of Mines (now UTEP). She began a career in Human Resources and Accounting at SWIG Cotton, from which she retired. She was a member of the Young Matrons, providing much service to the El Paso community. She was a leader, model in fashion shows, actress in variety shows, fund raiser leader and many other roles. She then became a member of the Woman's Club of El Paso, continuing her years of community service. She has been a member of the Women's Bible study for many years and faithful to all their projects. Dottie loved to travel to the California Bay Area to see her daughter, Nancye. She knew most of her friends, and she attended all fund raisers with which Nancye was involved, as well church and high tech job events for almost 20 years. She and her son, Richard, shared many years of BBQs and great dinners. She enjoyed friends, family, her dog Nicholas, word search books, magazines, movies and some special TV shows. According to her wishes, she will be interred in Little Rock next to her sister, mother and grandmother. A celebration of her life is planned for Monday, January 18, 2010, 11:00 AM, followed by a luncheon at First Baptist Church in the Parlor, one of her favorite rooms of the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to be made in her honor to the Baptist Clinic, 816 S. Florence, 532-5398 Attention Eleanor Poe.
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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2010