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Our Matriarch Is Gone

Memorial Service to be held on January 7th at Williamsville United Methodist Church: We will gather at 12:30 p.m. with the memorial service at 1:00 PM followed by a time of visitation.

fb_img_1482524983816Patti Jean McCracken Becker of Williamsville, MO, died December 22, 2016, surrounded by family.  She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim, three children: Bob (Pam) Becker of Williamsville, Dianne Becker of Kirkwood, and Brian (Toni) Becker of Williamsville, and five grandchildren: Kaylin, Andrea, Coulton, Benjamin and Jackson.  She is also survived by her sister Anne (Joel) Fitzgerald of Ness City, KS, many nieces, nephews, and friends.   She was preceded in death by her parents Clyde T. and Hettye McCracken and her twin brother Donald Dean McCracken.

Patti was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 20, 1928, and grew up in Ellsworth, Kansas. She attended Kansas State University for a year and later received her AA degree from Three Rivers Community College.

She was known for her musical gift and singing voice, singing in many weddings, funerals and church services.  Winning a singing contest in the 1940s, she performed with the Gene Autry Band.  In the early 50s, she was introduced to a young soldier stationed at Fort Riley who convinced her to become a farmer’s wife in Southeast Missouri.  She said she was homesick until they brought her piano from Kansas.

Life revolved around family, the farm and church.  A longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff and the Wesleyan Class, she often sang solos, taught Sunday School, and helped with special events.  In the 1960s, the church released a record, “Patti Sings,” which featured hymns and church favorites, “How Great Thou Art” and “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.”

This song recorded by Patti Becker with pianist Reba Emery at First United Methodist of Poplar Bluff

In 1996, Patti and Jim became members of the Williamsville United Methodist Church where she continued to volunteer her time and talents.

Jack, Ben, Jim, Patti, Kaylin, Andrea, Coulton

The Grandchildren of Jim & Patti Becker (from left to right): Jack, Ben, Jim, Patti, Kaylin, Andrea, Coulton

After her husband became a private pilot, Patti took flight lessons and soloed.  Throughout the years, she was involved with Missouri Home Extension Club, Wayne County Health Center, Cub Scouts and 4-H.  For some years, she was a teacher’s aid at Williamsville Elementary School.  The last 20 years, she has been an avid fan and cheerleader for her grandchildren’s baseball, basketball and volleyball games.

Patti and Jim were the featured cover story in Successful Farming in February 1964. The quintessential homemaker, she served amazing meals, even when it was a picnic at the river, always had fresh flowers on the table – often from her own flower garden, and was known for her fashion sense, sewing all of her clothes.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Williamsville United Methodist Church in Williamsville, Missouri.  Memorial donations may be made to the Williamsville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Williamsville, MO 63967.

  1. Kenna Agin Harrelson

    I was saddened to learn this news. My thoughts & prayers to each one of you sweet Beckers! I know we all have great memories with you’all!

  2. Linda Vonder Bruegge

    My husband and I count it a privilege to have known Mrs. Becker and her family. Indeed a lovely and kind woman, most talented, and the “glue” that lovingly and quietly holds a family together.

  3. Lisa Garven

    Patty was so special to me. She was so sweet and kind always generous in complements. I looked at her as someone I would like to be one day. Wonderful and amazing lady. So glad I got to meet her and spent time with her. She will be missed

  4. Randy Harmon

    Jim, I am so sorry for your loss! Patti blessed so many people throughout the years including MaryAlice and myself! I will be thinking of you and praying for your peace and comfort! Living without your love beside you is not easy, speaking from experience. But now, Patti and Mary Alice are singing in the heavenly choirs, making beautiful music.


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