Josepha (Justine) Cornelia Witlox-Becker July 18, 1943 — January 5, 2013 Josepha (Justine) C. Witlox-Becker passed away on January 5, 2013 following a courageous battle with plasma cell leukemia. She is survived by her sisters, Anneke van den Heuvel-Witlox and Annette Witlox, and nephew Ardy van den Heuvel in The Netherlands, her two beloved dogs, and numerous friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. February 9 at Christ Church, 1213 Don Gaspar Avenue. Justine was born July 18, 1943 in Tilburg, Netherlands. She earned a degree in research specializing in textile analysis. She moved to California to work as manager and buyer for a clothing store chain and design one-of-a-kind clothing for Beverly Hills boutiques. She also worked for numerous production companies, including Nolan Miller, designer for Aaron Spelling Productions, and created costumes for movies, television, and Las Vegas shows. She moved to Santa Fe in the 1970s and continued to create her line of unique evening clothing. She choreographed and narrated fashion shows of her clothing line as fund-raisers for the Santa Fe Opera. In the 1980s, she began her culinary career, co-owning Becker's Delicatessen and expanding into catering and event planning services with Beyond Adobe Walls. Her wedding cakes were incomparable, but she was famous for her architecturally-correct adobe house cakes that included kiva ladders, ristras, adobe walls with gates, and miniature farolitos that are actually lit. http://www.beyondadobewalls.com
She was a passionate advocate for prairie dogs and dedicated the later part of her life to protecting them and their habitats, especially at Frenchy's Field Park. She created an innovative program to reseed the oval with prairie dog friendly native vegetation with volunteers labor and the assistance of the City and N.M. Corrections Department. She supported and supervised these volunteers and inmates from her wheelchair when the effects of her illness began to take their toll. Justine always stood up for what she believed to be right. She was smart, educated, expert at whatever she chose to do, and demanding in her expectations of herself and others. If you met her standards, she was a dedicated and loyal friend and you were a better person for it. Tax-deductible memorial contributions can be made to the Justine's Prairie Dog Memorial Fund to continue her work at Frenchy's Field Park through People for Native Ecosystems, Lynne Hough, P.O. Box 4973, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Write Justine's Prairie Dogs in the memo.