Becker, Ellen L.
What a life Ellen had!
She was long awaited… her parents had been married 17 years before she was born! They had lost a baby, her brother, several years before her birth. So, this made her entry into the world all the sweeter.
Her Father was the fun loving, storytelling, jokester of the family, while her Mother was the ‘rock’ and the disciplinarian. Ellen was definitely a “Daddy’s girl”!
Both parents gave her the tools needed to succeed in life: a stable home, practical values, a Catholic education and most of all much love.
Since Ellen was an only child, she was given many of the material things she wanted BUT, even at a young age, I noted how generous she was in her sharing.
She was an avid reader and her memory was unbelievable. She rarely read a book twice…but then, she didn’t have to because she always remembered all the details.
She had an innate ability for problem-solving, and she was not afraid to take on a challenge whether it was a promotion at work, a new computer program or an elaborate cross-stitch pattern.
And there were her travels… the many, many trips to the Beach, over many, many years, the cruises, trips to Vegas… New York AND the greatest of all her trip… to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France! She never ceased reminding me of how it “rained” every day we were there… and how we pushed Carole’s wheelchair through the hills of Lourdes with Carole’s poncho filling with puddles of water… Nothing would stop her!
Her interests were varied and many, the Crafts: counted-cross stitch, crocheting, cardmaking.
You name it, she did it, and, all completed to perfection as, she noted, “Just like Grandmother had taught us”!
There was also her work on Ancestry, not only for our family but several friends, as well.
Most of all, Ellen was a people-person… she helped “old” folks in the grocery stores… or wherever she met them. She told the story of encouraging one of the gentlemen in her Cardiac-Rehab Class so much that he asked her, “Do you get paid for doing this?” In the late 90s, she recuperated from her heart surgery at our Convent Infirmary and thrilled the old Sisters by listening to their stories… as she would later say, “Over-and-over”!
She also would give advice to anyone who sought it and sometimes to those who did not seek it!
Well, El, you’re in your real Home now… back with your Mom and Dad and your baby Brother…
And I’m sure you have already organized the Angels in doing those beautiful angels cross-stitch patterns that you did on earth. We miss you … and we love you!
There will be a private Mass of Christian Burial in St. Jane Frances Church. Ellen will be laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery with her family by her side.
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The Wounded Warriors https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=11585&ovr_acv_id=6794&campaignSource=ONLINE&source=BS20001&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjJOS4-ez6QIVhK7ICh1IWAvqEAAYAiAAEgJtRvD_BwE
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