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Rhoda Laurel Becker

In Loving Memory of

Rhoda Laurel Becker

Rhoda Laurel Becker was born May 6, 1924 to Harry and Sophie Myers of Boston, Massachusetts. As a teenager, she moved with her parents and younger brother, Dick, to Long Beach. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1941 and was both athletic and interested in music. She spent summers as a junior lifeguard and received a music scholarship to attend Long Beach City College. During WWII, she bicycled every day to work at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard as a secretary and received recognition for having never missed a day of work for the four years she was employed. Rhoda Myers married Aaron Becker on March 23, 1947, and they had three children; Sheila (Henson), Stephen, and Craig. She was a dedicated mother, and enjoyed baking and decorating birthday cakes for her family. During the early 1960s, she sold saving bond stamps at Kettering Elementary School, shared Cub Scout den mother duties, and joined a bowling league. She bowled for many years and continued to be friends with those in the league even after she discontinued bowling. During this time she discovered that she had a green thumb and enjoyed growing roses. Her husband, Aaron, passed away April 11, 2010, after 63 years of marriage. Rhoda passed away January 9, 2012, after a long illness. She is survived by her three children and a granddaughter, Kayleigh Henson. Her children and granddaughter would like to honor Rhoda Becker on this Mother's Day.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 12, 2013
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