Barbara Becker

Barbara J. Becker, 91, of Winfield, passed away Monday morning, Aug. 12, 2019, at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. 

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with family greeting visitors from 5 to 7. 

Memorials have been established in Barbara’s name with the American Diabetes Association and the First Baptist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Born May 16, 1928, in Winfield, Barbara was the daughter of Elmer and Alta (Smith) Cranston. Her parents passed away when she was only 10 years old, and she was raised in Winfield by her half-brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Mildred Cranston. She received her education in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1947. Following school, she worked for a short time with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  

Barbara and Stanley “Stan” Becker married May 21, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. They made their home in Winfield where Barbara worked as a secretary for several area businesses before beginning her career at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. She began working as the maintenance secretary and eventually became the supply secretary, a position she held until retiring in the late 1980s. Stan preceded her in death on March 5, 2013.

Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winfield. She enjoyed reading and traveling to the mountains in Colorado. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  

In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her sister, Lucy Cranston, and her brother, Paul Cranston, and his wife, Mildred.

Her family includes her son, Martin Becker and wife, Joan, of Omaha, Neb.; her daughter, Paula Becker, of Topeka; her grandchildren, Matthew T. Becker and Dustin B. Becker, both of Omaha; and her great-grandchildren, Devin Michael, Molly Nicole and Hunter James Becker, and their mother, Jennifer Becker Miller, all of Omaha.