ODESSA Dorene Lois Tams Becht passed away on February 2, 2014.|
Dorene was born in Huron, S. Dakota, on June 7, 1921, to Fred and Faye Tams. She had one sister, Lucille Tams Chancey. She met and married J. Edwin Becht in Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Becht followed her husband to many different universities until they arrived in Odessa, Texas, in June of 1972, where they were involved in bringing the plans for UTPB to fruition.
Mrs. Becht was a talented seamstress and lent her talent to Interfaith to teach sewing to lower income women, and she taught a sewing extension class at Odessa Community College. She was a member of the Alamander's and High Sky's square dance clubs and traveled to many places for dances. Mrs. Becht was a long-time member of First Christian Church of Odessa.
Dorene is leaving behind her children: Forrest (Carol) Becht, Darrell (Denise Baum) Becht, Kimberley Becht Pitman, and Bette (Jim Hall) Becht. Nine grandchildren: Warren (Trudy) Becht, Todd (Jennifer) Becht, Kent (Jessica) Pitman, Troy (Patricia) Becht, Trent (Jessica) Becht, Alex Cohen, Tammy Becht Hicks, Carla (Geoff) Mandrella, and Drew (Kaitlyn) Pitman. She also leaves behind 15 great-grandchildren: A.J. Cohen, Taylor Pitman, Gabriel Becht, Joaquin Cohen, Morgan Pitman, Maddox Becht, Audrey Becht, Paige Pitman, Madison Becht, Ashlynn Pitman, Averyanna Pitman, Viktor Becht, Kaleb Hicks, Faith Hicks, and Pearl Becht.
Mrs. Becht is preceded in death by her husband, J. Edwin Becht; her partner, Donald Proctor; her parents, Fred and Faye Tams; and her sister, Lucille Chancey.
A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens on February 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. with Reverend Norman Stolpe officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to West Texas Gifts of Hope (Hope House Odessa), P.O. Box 891, Odessa, TX 79760.
Online condolences can be made at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Published in Odessa American on Feb. 6, 2014