Gail L. Becker, 89, of rural Spencerville, died peacefully at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Elida, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Jan. 30, 1922, in St. Marys, the daughter of Harry and Lulu (Seewer) Whetstone, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 13, 1941, she married Owen O. Becker, and he died on Nov. 20, 1990.
She is survived by four children, Gary (Angie) Becker of Celina, Bill (Linda) Becker, of Spencerville, Randy (Debbie) Becker of Bluffton, Debbie (Dave) Bowman of Elida; by 11 grandchildren; by 24 great-grandchildren; by one great-great-grandchild; by two brothers, Freeman Whetstone of Jackson, Mich., Kenny (Evelyn) Whetstone of Celina; by three sisters, Mary Lou (Junior) Boroff of St. Marys, Norma Poppe of Spencerville, Ruth Ann Osborn, of Bryan.
She was preceded in death by two infant sons, Ronald and David Becker; by two brothers, Paul and Glen Whetstone; by a sister, Bea Miller.
A homemaker, Gail was a member of the Monticello United Brethren Church and its Women’s Missionary Group. She was a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. Her hobbies included working in her yard, mowing grass on her riding mower, tending to her flowers, fishing and homemade ice cream. She was also an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Andrew Adkins officiating. Burial is to follow in the Spencerville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Monticello United Brethren Church or to St. Rita’s Hospice.