Mary E. Becker

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Becker, Mary E.

Mary Evelyn Becker, 71, of Kelso, Washington, passed away Jan. 16, 2014, at home.

She was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Fresno, Calif., to Loren and Georgie (Manous) Russell. The family moved to Rainier when Mary was a child, and she graduated from Rainier High School. She spent several years in Phoenix, Ariz., and Wisconsin, where she retired as a nursing home dietitian in 2000.

Mary enjoyed playing bingo and cards, traveling, and taking cruises when able. She loved the redwoods and nature in general. Mary was loving and easy to talk to. She was always willing to help and always there to listen and give advice.

She married Richard Headlee. They had two children and later divorced. On March 30, 1992, she married John Becker. He preceded her in death in 2002. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Loraine Russell.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Tompkins of Kelso, Wash.; a son, Richard Headlee of Wausau, Wis.; a sister, Shirley Budge of Castle Rock; three granddaughters, Susan Fischer of Spencer, Wis., and Lynn Kronberger and Heather Tompkins, both of Kelso; two grandsons, Chris Headlee of Wausau and Keviin Tompkins of Pendleton, Ind.; a great-grandson, Nathaniel Karau of Spencer; and a great-granddaughter, Kira Kronberger of Kelso.

Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Jan. 28, 2014
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