Becki Whitson
1953 - 2020
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July 26, 1953 - December 18, 2020

Both the choir and cheer team in heaven have gained a new member.

becki started out in Newport Beach but from toddlerhood on, was a Bakersfield native. Her love of the beach must have been born with her as she enjoyed time at Ventura and Morro Bay often.

Professor Emeritus at Bakersfield College, she made an impact on many lives in her psychology classes, as a cheer coach, president of the alumni association and serving on the board of the archives. Her impact, though vast at BC, did not stop there. She worked tirelessly for missions organizations with church and donated to nearly every nonprofit that asked for support.

becki attended Bakersfield High School where she ran track, cheered, and danced. Yes, once a Driller... After high school she attended and cheered for BC. From there she worked in accounting and then earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from CSUB. She was a marriage and family counselor for a few years, but early on found her love of and gift for teaching; she remained at BC until her retirement in 2017.

Her Ventura group, bunco pals, birthday buddies, and her family will miss her terribly. However, she was given the ultimate Christmas gift this year - everlasting life with Jesus Christ. She no longer fights cancer nor the maladies that come with it. She is whole again and she is singing, dancing, and praising the Lord for eternity.

becki is survived by her life partner, Chuck Miles, daughter Nichole and Tim Scanlon and granddaughter, Lexi Kate. Her siblings - Dave Bethell and wife, Judy and Deborah Noble. Her niece - Kris Petty and husband Ernie Leal and their son Ian. However, we know that countless students, patients, colleagues and friends looked upon her as a mother, sister, mentor and leader and the family mourns with them as well.

She is predeceased by her parents Nona and Charles Bethell and brother-in-law Ken Noble.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no services now. Please mark your calendar for July 26, 2021 when we can safely gather for a celebration of becki. We will grieve now and celebrate on her birthday in Renegade style with cheer teams, excellent food, worship, and a fight song tribute performed by current and alumni cheerleaders. Details will be shared publicly closer to the date.

If you would like to honor becki, you may donate to - BC Alumni Association (for scholarships), BC Archives (curating BC memorabilia), the BC Cheer Team or the nonprofit of your choice.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2020.
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December 30, 2020
I have some of the fondest memories of my time as a BC cheerleader with Becki as our coach. I remember we would hide our piercings under small pieces of band-aids instead of taking them out and hope she wouldn't notice! Everyone had fear and love for Becki because she meant business. She was a big supporter for me going into and out of college. I'm grateful to have had her to help me through my naive yet wonderful years at BC. Miss you, Becki!
Danae Madrid
December 30, 2020
To my childhood friends, Deb and David, sorry for your lose of Becki. Great memories of all.
She has no more pain but now is with your parents. How great is that
Rodger Barnes
December 30, 2020
Our hearts are broken to know we have lost Becki. As we look back at our memories of her, us cheerleaders can agree that Becki was fun! My favorite memory of her was watching her dance and have fun at BC homecoming. She was a joy to have as a professor and cheer coach at BC. What a fun spirit. We love you Becki!
Nicole Nicholson
December 29, 2020
I was so fortunate to gain Becki as a friend a few years ago. Always a smile from her, a helping hand, a nice laugh... her class and flair so special... I will miss her so so very much... Fly high Dear Becki, your wings are truly tipped with gold..
Cindy Kallgren
December 28, 2020
I met Becki when I worked at B.C. Becki became a friend forever from the first day, I met her.
She was always ready to talk, joke around, just be there for anybody that needed someone to chat/talk to. Literally, her door was always open.
I am so missing my friend, although I know she will always be with me in my heart.
I heard a bell ring; Becki has her wings. Fly high sweet friend, we will meet again.
Jo Moore
Jo Moore
December 27, 2020
Danae (Damron), becki & Seggan (Moore) circa 2009
I was lucky enough to have met becki at BC while she was my cheer advisor. She was the greatest advocate for her girls, always showed us that we were stronger than we thought we were and never let us get away with a thing. I am always reminded of the great times that she, Linda and Chuckie took with us crazy girls on our away games. Thank you for everything, beckster. You are so very loved.
Seggan Sanders
December 27, 2020
She was a welcoming and witty friend.
Sue Vaughn
December 26, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Diane Hamilton
December 26, 2020
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of friends and family comfort you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16, 17
December 26, 2020
My heart and prayers go out to the family and many people Becki touched. Her voice and worship music will never be forgotten.

Like the entire Bethell family, Becki always was extra kind to the children of our church. I will never forget one particular VBS when she was more than happy to let them see the instruments and mics, showing them ways they, too, could worship. In fact, she and Charles routinely wrangled my very active boys and excited them about the instruments.

Becki, like her entire family, helped in anything and everything at church. Charles and Nona instilled a spirit of service that obviously lived on in Becki and also her siblings. ...

As it turns out, Becki also was my amazing psychology professor years before I came to know her at church. I sat in the front row and never missed a class. She made a tough subject that interesting and built in her students a desire that made them want to learn more. Small world?

Blessings to you Chuck, Nichole, Deborah, David, Kris, and all your families. Blessings to her countless friends and church family as well. Though we know Heaven gained one of the best, we also know how deeply she will be missed.

Love to you all, Tony & Marla Proffitt and family.
Marla R Proffitt
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