Becky Newberry 1957 ~ 2018
Rebecca S. “Becky” Newberry was born March 18, 1957 in Derby, Kansas daughter of Tracy S. Ansel Jr. and Sue Hodge Ansel. She grew up in Wichita and attended Southeast High School. Becky participated in gymnastics and was one of the first members of the Junior Golf Program. She went to the State Golf Tournament her sophomore year.
In the fall of 1973, Becky met the love of her life while working at Dillons. Becky always said when she saw Randy it was love at first sight. On February 8, 1974 Randy and Becky were united in marriage in Wichita, Kansas. This union was blessed with two sons, Dustin Joe and Derek Wayne.
Becky and Randy made their home in Attica. Becky worked for her mother-in-law, Joan at the Fashion Shop until its closing. Becky had a great sense of style and really enjoyed helping all the customers that came in. She then went to work at the First National Bank in Harper. It was this experience in business and Randy’s knowledge of the oilfield that led them to start their own company, R & B Oil & Gas, Inc. Over the years, R & B has grown to be very successful. With this success, Becky always made sure to “pass it on”. Her generosity in the community will always be remembered. She had a loving and giving heart and truly enjoyed helping.
Becky was a devoted wife and mother but her ten grandchildren were her pride and joy. Nana, as she is better known, didn’t miss many activities, whether it was a sporting event, music program or pig show. She was always in the stands cheering and supporting her favorite ten. Her pride for her grandchildren always shined through. All the grandkids will never forget her in the stands, but what they will remember the most is how Nana carried herself always. She showed them such strength and courage, especially at the end. She was always concerned about everyone else and was a true angel.
Becky was a member of the Attica Christian Church. She was a board member for the Attica Annex and served as chairman for many years. She was instrumental in making the Alzheimer’s Unit a reality. Through her and Randy’s generosity, the Attica Bulldogs have a brand new gym to play in. She found great joy each time she cheered on the Bulldogs in the gym. She really loved to hit the golf course on a pretty day. She loved traveling the world with her mom and planning grand vacations for the whole family. Her one wish came true last July when the family went to Alaska. The grandkids will always remember Nana getting stuck on the zip-line. Another great joy Becky had was hitting any and all casinos. Trips were planned around where a casino was. She loved going to Las Vegas with her brother and friends for March Madness. She looked forward to this trip every March and had many great times there.
On March 25, 2018, after a strong and courageous battle with cancer, Becky passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. Her strength will be something her children will never forget. When the doctors gave her days, her strength and possibly her stubbornness proved them wrong and she lived weeks. Becky was preceded in death by her father, Tracy Ansel, Jr; her father-in-law, Clifton Newberry; her step-father, Robert Mideke; and her grandparents, Tracy & Carrie Ansel and Clarence & Annie Hodge.
Becky will live on forever in the hearts of her husband, Randy; her sons, Dustin and wife Lynda, and Derek and wife Sarah; mother, Sue Mideke; mother-in-law, Joan Newberry-Helm; brother, Steve Ansel and wife Angie of Andover; aunt, Louise Hodge; and her 10 precious grandchildren: Austin, Devon, Kierstin, Kaitlin, Kylin, Xander, Calli, Brekah, Kambrin, and RJ; and a host of other relatives; her R & B Oil family; and many, many friends.
Funeral Service was at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Attica Christian Church with Pastor Jeffery Jones officiating. Musical selections “How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” by Vince Gill and “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley were played. The congregation sang “When We All Get to Heaven.” Burial followed in the Attica Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Attica Christian Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 was in charge of the arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com