Longtime resident of Petaluma, Becky passed away in her sleep at home, on February 28, 2012. She was born April 7, 1951, in Quincy, IL. Beloved mother, wife, sister, teacher and friend, she was the daughter of Russell and Kaye Farwell of Cedar Springs, MI, and sister to Jim and Nancy.
Becky graduated Grand Valley State University in 1978, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Art, with a minor in English. Upon graduating, she moved to California where she continued her education at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and earned her Teaching Credential from UC Berkeley. She and Richard Wacker settled in Petaluma where they raised their two sons.
An avid reader, Becky was a lover of all arts, especially music, and she regularly attended live music events with her family and friends. Becky taught in the Old Adobe School District, including La Tercera, Bernard Eldridge, and Miwok Elementary, for a combined total of more than 30 years. She was dearly loved and respected by all of her colleagues and students. She was known for her creative and unconditionally loving approach to teaching: setting leprechaun traps for St. Patrick's Day, making clay ornaments for Christmas, hatching silk worms, and singing while playing the piano with the children. She touched many people, including hundreds of students who blossomed in her classroom.
She married Peter Markey on January 18, 2009. Together, they traveled the world, from North Beach to Italy, sharing their passion for great food, music and art. Her most rewarding role in life was being a mother to her two sons, Roland and Russell. She raised them to treat others with love and compassion, and inspired them to pursue their passions and live their lives with exuberance. She was so proud of their achievements and always looked forward to spending time with them, whether walking to downtown Petaluma, singing around the piano, camping, traveling, or beautifying their home.
She inspired us with her enthusiasm for life, by living each and every moment to the fullest. Her last weekend was spent doing what she loved; having dinner with loved ones in Petaluma, listening to one of her favorite bands in North Beach, and visiting the beach.
She will be greatly missed by her community, her many friends, but mostly by her beloved sons, Roland and Russell, and her husband, Peter.
A celebration of Becky's life will be held March 25 from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at 320 Sixth Street in Petaluma, Donation information will soon be posted at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/Becky_Farwell