Bethany Colleen Kroeze Beckett
Bethany was born October 26, 1986 in Arlington, WA to Ken and Linda Kroeze and was suddenly and unexpectedly taken home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 25, 2010 in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, one day before her 24th birthday.
On July 6, 1999 at the age of twelve, Bethany trusted the Lord Jesus as her Savior. He became her Lord, and from that time on she dedicated her life to pleasing her Savior.
Bethany graduated from Arlington High School in 2005. She worked at Josephine Sunset Home as a nurse's aide and then as a dialysis technician for Puget Sound Kidney Center.
In December 2008 Bethany left her job and went to Mexico with a six month commitment to help the missionaries there. While in Mexico she met and fell in love with Duncan Beckett. They were married June 5, 2010 in Arlington, WA and together moved back to Mexico where they have been a tremendous help serving the Lord. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her there. This was evident during a touching memorial service held for Bethany in Mexico on October 26, 2010 with over 200 present.
Bethany had a quiet and gentle spirit with a faithful heart to serve others rather than herself. A few days before her sudden homecall she wrote her brother Tim this message: "All the pleasure we can have in this world won't even compare to what God has in store for us in Heaven. This life is short; eternity is long. When we get to Heaven, I'm pretty sure we won't remember the things we thought we were missing out on, or even the things we thought were so great."
Bethany was preceded in death by her grandfather, William Baker; and grandparents, Gerrit and Annie Kroeze.
Bethany is survived by her loving husband, Duncan Beckett; her parents, Ken and Linda Kroeze, of Arlington, WA; brothers, Gerrit, his wife, Christie, their children, Blake, Madison and Shelbie, Craig, his wife, Loraine, their children, Hayley, Matthew, Sabrina, Jasmyn and Chyanne, of Hanford, California, Andy, of the family home, and Tim, of New Britain, Connecticut; as well as her grandmother, Barbara Baker, of Deland, Florida.
Duncan's parents, David and Heather Beckett, and sister-in-law, Laura Beckett, of Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada, as well as Duncan's grandparents, J. Roy and Muriel Beckett and Murray and Eunice McLeod share in our grief.
Bethany was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.
There will be a viewing from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010, at the Arlington Gospel Hall, 323 S. Stillaguamish Ave., Arlington, WA 98223. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2010, at the Arlington Gospel Hall. Graveside service will be held at the Arlington Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Gospel Hall.
Published by The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2010.