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Cevie Becker

September 18, 1928 - September 7, 2015

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Cevie Becker, a long-time Oliver resident, passed away on Sept. 07, 2015 at McKinney Place

Extended Care Unit in Oliver at the age of 86 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Don in 1988, her parents Bill and Cevie Vanderburgh,

brothers Bill and Bob Vanderburgh, sister Lois Hughes, grandson Jessie Becker and great-grandson Alexander Paterson.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda (Art) and son George (Sandra); grandchildren Kim (James), Robin (Brian), Harley, Kaytlen (Matt), Shelby (Bryan) and Brody; great-grandchildren Megan, Alex and Finn; sister-in-laws Merle Vanderburgh and Lorraine Beck; numerous nieces and nephews as well as other family and friends.

Mom was born in CrowsNest, BC on Sept. 18, 1928 with her grandmother acting as midwife. Her father, William (Bill) Vanderburgh, was a C.P.R. agent so the family moved many times as the job called  for including Crowsnest, New Westminster, Elko, Notch Hill and Trail. They finally settled in Oliver in 1944, with mom being assistant C.P.R. agent. She was very proud of her telegraphers ticket. At this time, mom owned one of the few motorcycles in town and used it to deliver telegrams around the Oliver area.

Mom and dad were the first couple married in the then new United Church proper on Nov. 1, 1948. They bought Johnny's Taxi in 1955 and operated the business until August 1984 under the name Four Star Taxi. The business grew to include an ambulance service (before provincial takeover), Greyhound Depot and emergency answering services.

Mom enjoyed being with family and friends, the coffee pot was always on. After retirement she loved her walks around the town, and was always busy knitting or cross-stitching something for someone else. A game of crib or Rummikub were often on the go. Mom joined the CCCC Church (Valley Congregational Church) and was an active participant. She enjoyed helping out at the baking and plant sales, and always looked forward to her Bible Study evenings. She also enjoyed baking cookies, not only for bake sales, but for her favourite people around town. Her date/address book was full of the birthdays and anniversaries of many relatives and friends who always got cards from her.

Her last years were spent in McKinney Place where she was well looked after and felt at home. Many thanks to Dr. Myslek and all the wonderful staff at McKinney Place for their kind care of mom. Also a big thank you to the staff of Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service for all their help. Should you wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of BC, McKinney Place or a charity of one's choice in memory of mom. No flowers please.

A memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Ken Clarke at 2:30 P.M. Saturday September 19, 2015 at Valley Congregational Church. Graveside committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery .

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos. 

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Terry & Marlene Bolenback
Relation: Friends

Linda, George & families. Sending our deepest condolences for the loss of a wonderful lady.

From: Margarida (Nunes) Sewell
Relation: School/Girl Guides

Linda, please accept my condolences. I enjoyed reading about your mother delivering telegrams on her motorcycle! How cool! Every time I see a Greyhound I think of your parents and their depot, taxi etc. They were busy people. I have lovely memories of them as they were always so visible around town.

From: Kathy Becker
Relation: friend of the family

my condolences to Linda and her family. your’e mom was great lady,& I’m sure you have many wonderful memories of her. she will be missed.

From: BLAINE AND JOAN NUNWEILER
Relation: old firends

George and Sandra, So sorry to hear about Civie, most enjoyable visits with her in Taxi office. Heard lots of stories from Don too. Our condolences.

From: Lena Thompson
Relation: Caregiver

Linda, George and families,

My deepest condolences on the loss of Cevie. I enjoyed looking after her while she was at McKinney, She always had a smile for me. She will deeply be missed by everyone who knew her.

From: Tracey Potter
Relation: family friend

Dear Becker Family,
Both your parents were a very big part of my childhood. They were close family friends and thought of as uncle and aunt. I have wonderful memories of hanging out at the taxi depot as a child and playing with the old phone system, playing hide and seek and having dinner. They were kind, caring and a great support to our family. Your mother was a wonderful lady. I saw her later in life at McKinney Place while visiting my uncle. She didn’t know me but we spoke anyway and she had such a caring, smiling face…. good natured to the end. Your family was blessed by her love and spirit as are all who knew her. She still brings a smile to my face! I wish you peace and hope the memories of her bring you comfort. Tracey Potter

From: Jeanette McTaggart (nee New)
Relation: Aunt

Helen Becker emailed your Mom’s Obit today. We are cousins.
My parents, your Aunt Florence and Uncle Charlie, passed in the 90’s and with that (sadly) we lost contact with the Becker family.

I’m Jeanette, the oldest girl (born 1942). We travelled to BC from Sask. every summer so I got to meet your Mom and her family before she and Uncle Don were even married. When young, your parents also came to stay with us on the farm. I treasure the wonderful memories of our numerous trips to Oliver while growing up. Our parents were close so we saw a lot of your Mom and Dad – something us kids always looked forward to as it was “so fun”. Oh yes, I saw the Harley – your Mom was awesome.

Only time will heal the loss that your families are feeling now. Just remember that you will always have many wonderful memories of a person that was cherished by so many.

Love and Deepest Sympathy –

Jeanette and Malcolm (Mike) McTaggart
Stittsville (Ottawa), Ontario

From: Janice (New) Johnson
Relation: Niece

Linda, George and Families, Our condolences for the loss of your mother. Yes, I do remember the what a busy place your Mom and Dad’s was. What I remember most was there was always laughter and something going on! Thinking of you at this time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 19, 2015
Beginning at 2:30pm

Location:
Valley Congregational Christian Church
4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC Canada

A memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Ken Clarke at 2:30 P.M. Saturday September 19, 2015 at Valley Congregational Church. Graveside committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery .

4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
Should you wish, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of BC, McKinney Place or a charity of one's choice in memory of mom. No flowers please.

Thank You Notice

Many thanks to Dr. Myslek and all the wonderful staff at McKinney Place for their kind care of mom. Also a big thank you to the staff of Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service for all their help. 

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