Jane Osborn Becker passed on to meet her Lord on April 8, 2021 in Lake City, Florida. She was 86 years old. Jane was born in Greenville, MO on April 24, 1934. As she grew older, she became an attentive and excellent student, eventually ending up graduating as valedictorian of her high school class.
Jane attended nursing school at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated in 1956 as a registered nurse. She scored so high on her nursing exams that she was awarded licensing “reciprocity“ (Licensed to practice nursing in all states).
At age 22, Jane married William R. Becker in September of 1956. She followed Bill on numerous job transfers in their 50-year marriage, and ended up living in a total of 14 different states, ranging from Maine to California. Her resilience and ability to quickly adapt to new surroundings served her well.
Jane and Bill had three children within five years and ended up raising their children in Worland, a small city in northern Wyoming. They purchased a beautiful but overgrown property a few miles east of town, and over the ensuing years, worked to make it their own. They were thrilled to discover a creek flowing through the land, and wild asparagus growing throughout the property. They even harvested wild honey from beehives they found.
Jane and Bill and their children raised sheep, horses, and a variety of farm animals on this 32-acre farm. Jane taught her three children her love of gardening, a love shared by her children and passed down to her grandchildren. Jane felt her most fulfilled when she was able to fill the shelves of her cellar each fall with dozens of jars of canned tomatoes, green beans, pickles, and peaches. She also generously gave of her abundant garden produce to
friends and neighbors.
Jane was also closely involved with her children’s activities, providing her leadership in Girl Scouts and 4-H, and teaching Sunday school at the First Southern Baptist church.
Throughout Jane’s career as a registered nurse, she served in a variety of positions, including school nurse, pediatric nurse, floor nurse in a hospital, and visiting nurse. Her employers appreciated her caring manner with patients and her attention to detail.
In later years, Jane developed her talents in arts and crafts, and she lovingly created and crafted items for her family members, Including hand-painted tea cabinets, lovely watercolor paintings, and handcrafted quilts. In her retirement, Jane handmade over 20 beautiful quilts for friends and family members.
Jane was known for her dry wit and quick sense of humor. She spoke slowly, and despite moving from her Missouri home as a young adult, she never lost a touch of her southern accent throughout her life.
Jane loved birds—she enjoyed bird watching, filling her bird feeders, and listening to bird songs. She was especially fond of cardinals and bluebirds.
Jane was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her sister, Roberta Jacklin of Fort Valley, GA. She is survived by her sister, Leona Engle of Sharpsburg, GA, her brother John Osborn and his wife, Margaret, of Okeechobee, FL, her cousin, Gary Lewis Stevenson of Lowndes, MO, and by the father of her children, William R. Becker of Harrisburg, PA. She is survived by her children, Rebecca Krell and her husband Randy of Columbia, SC, Linda Roder of Lake City, FL, and William C. Becker and his wife, Kim, also of Lake City, Florida. She is also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and by many friends.
Gathering and visitation with the family will be at noon on April 17th, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Tustenuggee Methodist Church, 1715 McClinton Road, Fort White, FL 32038 with burial immediately following at the church cemetery. GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 2659 S.W. Main Blvd., Lake City, Florida is in charge of arrangements.
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