Thursday, March 18, 2010

Obituary: Marilyn Jo Becker (Querry) 1948-2010

NORMAN, Okla. — Marilyn Jo Becker (Querry) died Feb. 24, peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. She fought her battle with sarcoma cancer with an enduring strength granted to her by God. She lost this earthly battle only to claim victory in Jesus. She was 61.

She was born on April 12, 1948, in Guthrie, Okla., the daughter of Kenneth Jay and Gwendolyn Marie Querry. Marilyn attended elementary school in Palco and junior high in Plainville. Her family moved to Great Bend, where she graduated in 1966. In Great Bend, she met her high school sweetheart and on Aug. 9, 1969, she married Robert Eugene Becker, son of Winnis and Evelyn Becker of Great Bend. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She began her teaching career in Abilene. In 1978, she and Bob moved to Ponca City, Okla., where she taught at Garfield and Liberty elementary schools. She retired from her teaching career in 2003 after 32 years of teaching.

She loved participating in her grandchildren’s activities, as well as creating artistic pieces, taking digital photography, scrapbooking, singing, playing the piano and traveling. She cared for all her school kids and loved teaching with her fellow teachers.

Marilyn had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She was committed to participating in church activities. She was dedicated to reading, studying the Bible and sharing the Gospel with others.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; son Michael Becker and his wife Amy (Gorczyca); daughter Jaime Bagg (Becker) and husband Chad; sister Karen Demory and husband Gerald of Bentonville, Ark., sister Kim Sheets and husband Will of Perry, Okla.; six grandchildren, Jonah, Maegan, Canaan, Ethan, Gabriel and Chloe; as well as her nephews and niece, Breen and Brad Haywood, Jay and Brandan Sheets and Maranda Wilson (Sheets). She left one uncle, Ray Gambill, and his children Mark Gambill and Rayma Brandt, and cousin, Janet Calvin. She was preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law, Evelyn Becker, and brother-in-law Gary Becker.

Funeral services were held Saturday with burial at the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery in Tonkawa, Okla. Following the interment, a memorial service was held at the Hartford Avenue Church of Christ in Ponca City, Okla. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Hope Ranch, 522 N. 14th, Box 233, Ponca City, OK 74601. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Funeral arrangements provided by
Anderson Funeral Home*

505 Thunderbird Road
P.O. Box 337
Tonkawa, OK 74653

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 28, 2010


  1. Oh my gosh, Kate. I've thought about her so often and have wondered how she was doing. I'm saddened by all the losses in our family. Thank you so much for posting this. It couldn't have been easy for you.

  2. I realized my step-mom also passed away on Feb 24 and was buried on Feb 27, but in 1997. So sad for Marilyn's family.