Becky Ann (Clark) Mayfield (1944 - 2016)

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Becky Ann Clark Mayfield, 72, of Effingham, formerly of Vandalia, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 23, 2016; in her final hours, she was surrounded by her husband, brother, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends, who shared memories of how her life has deeply impacted theirs.
Becky requested only a simple memorial, so a celebration of her life was held on Saturday, from 5-6 p.m., where friends and family were encouraged to share memories and stories of Becky, followed by a casual visitation from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials: Compassion International, Effingham Freedom House or Meals on Wheels. Online condolences can be expressed at
Becky was born on Feb. 1, 1944, in Vandalia, the daughter of Charles and Margaret Clark. She married her high school sweetheart, Michael Mayfield, on April 8, 1962.
She worked and eventually retired from General Electric in Mattoon.
Becky loved her family extravagantly and was involved daily in the lives of her grandchildren near and far. She spent her retired years "never missing a heartbeat" in her grandchildren's lives, being there for each birth and graduation; attending sporting events, competitions and activities; taking them for walks and explorations in the woods; and creating traditions, such as morning donuts and scavenger hunts. She encouraged them to travel the world. She was recently the "flower girl" at her grandson's wedding and threw rose petals to the applause of the guests in attendance. She enjoyed the company of many close friends who traveled abroad, shared Friday night dinners and rode bikes together. She was always available for spur-of-the-moment pancakes at Denny's. Her daughters sought her counsel regularly and considered their mom a most trusted confidant. Her impact in this world extended not only to family and friends, but also to strangers. Becky regularly provided help and housing to the homeless, gave groceries and paid bills for the less fortunate and was called "mom" by those in whom she invested her life.
Becky is survived by her husband; three daughters, Paula Schea and her husband Peter Freimanis of Albuquerque, N.M.; Amy Mayfield of Effingham, and Dana and her husband Jason Warner of Vandalia; a close, younger brother, Roger Clark his wife Peggy of Vandalia; 10 grandchildren, Jake, Luke, Ella and Sofija Freimanis of Albuquerque, N.M.; Laine, Devin and Logann Mayfield, and their father, who was like a son to Becky, Kevin Pocrnich of Effingham, and Emma, Hannah and Isabel Warner of Vandalia; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Paula Jean.
Prior to her death, Becky said that she was looking forward to seeing her family who's gone before her, but that nothing will compare to seeing the glory of God.

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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7, 2016