The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 9, 2013

Betty Jane Becker


GEORGETOWN — Betty Jane Becker, 92, of Georgetown, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village, Chrisman.

She was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Marshall, the daughter of Ernest and Ellen (Switzer) Smitley, both deceased.

She was united in marriage to John Becker on Sept. 19, 1938, until his passing on Feb. 29, 1972.

She is survived by her children, Jerry (Catherine) Becker of Keystone Heights, Fla., Mary Ellen (Dan) Gocken of Georgetown, Pam (Jerry) Hawker of Danville and Kathi (Victor) Verstraete of Fort Worth, Texas; her son-in-law, Andrew Jackson of Pearland, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Becker; daughter, Janet Jackson; grandsons, Tom Becker and Cameron McClure; six brothers; and six sisters.

Betty worked for Estad Products in Danville for a time. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Georgetown and the American Legion Dornblaser Post 203 Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo and enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. She also enjoyed reading. Above all, Betty loved being with her family when they played cards together.

A celebration of Betty’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Phil Miller officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given in her name to Pleasant Meadows Christian Village, Chrisman. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

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