Anne M. Becker

anne-becker-currentAnne M. Becker, 96, a long-time Moscow resident, went to be with our Lord, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Aspen Care Center in Moscow.

Anne was born December 22, 1919 to Alluis and Rosa (Jonas) Erker at Brisbane, North Dakota.  In 1924, the family moved to a farm near Lemmon, South Dakota.  There she attended a one-room country school and then graduated from Lemmon High School in 1938.anne-becker-younger  Her work as a ‘nanny’ brought her West to Toppenish in 1940 and to Moscow in 1941 to work for the Floyd Trail family, where she also attended the University of Idaho for a year.

In her early years in Moscow, she worked for the Anderson Store and Spot Shop.  She served as bookkeeper for Becker & Son, her husband’s masonry company, for many years.  In 1958 she went to work as a bookkeeper for Powell Plumbing, retiring in 1997 at the age of 77.

She met and married George Becker on July 10, 1942.  They were blessed with three daughters, whom she said had all been a joy (nearly always).  She and George were instrumental in founding the local archery club, where she served as its secretary-treasurer for over 20 years. She participated in many activities including archery, bowling, fishing, gardening, and golf, a game she played until she was 94.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.  Her favorite pastime, however, was cooking and baking, never hesitant to try a new recipe.  All knew her as an excellent cook.

She said she was especially enriched by her St. Mary’s parish family.  She was a devout Catholic her entire life, for many years serving as sacristan, communion minister, and lector.

She was preceded in death by her husband George in 1989 and by her four sisters, Dena Mitchell, Amy Burkhartsmeier, Kathryn Plocek and Agnes Blom.

She is survived by her daughters Rosanne Becker of University Place, WA, Michele (Bruce) Nygaard of Moscow and Jennifer (Dan) Richards of Port Orchard, WA.  Also surviving are her grandchildren Stephanie (Jesse) Scholle of Airway Heights, WA, Thomas Richards of Tacoma, WA, Peter Richards of Seoul, Korea, and Aaron Richards of Port Orchard, WA, and two great-granddaughters, Alaina and Kaitlyn Scholle.

A.Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center following. A private graveside service will be at the Moscow Cemetery prior to the service.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary’s Church, 618 East 1st Street, Moscow, ID 83843; St. Mary’s School Foundation, P. O. Box 8485, Moscow, ID 83843 or a charity of one’s choice.

Local arrangements are with Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

6 Responses to Anne M. Becker

  1. Ed and Judy Maher morristown s. d. says:

    our prayers for your familys. always remember her when she came home to lemmon

  2. Susan Albers(Blom) says:

    Dear family,
    Please know my heart is heavy with sorrow at the passing of the last Erker girl.. we have been so very blessed to have shared the same heritage.. May each of you find comfort in your memories.. May you feel peace and joy at the very thought of your precious mother, grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt.. Prayers and hugs and thoughts to each of you

  3. Joann Baroh says:

    My Deepest Sympathy to Family and Friends ✝️

  4. Maggie and Ed Tubb says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Prayers sent from the whole family.

  5. Jinny Johnson says:

    Dear Rosanne, Michele and Jennifer, J
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as I read this sad news. Your Mother was in icon of strength and faith for Fred, myself and family. From the time of our first meeting shortly after moving in next door in 1958, living as neighbors for 50 years, your family was like part of our family. We were always there for each other, enjoying so many meals and happy times together. It was good to see you all last April at Fred’s “celebration of llife.” Ann, looking so vital as always. Today, I am sad but thankful for our great good luck in having her next door for so many years. She will enhance the heavens with her joyful soul. My love to each of you, Jinny Johnson

  6. Mark Johnson says:

    Dear Becker family and friends;
    Very saddened to hear of Anne’s passing, but just seeing her picture brings back a flood of very happy memories. As our neighbor, Anne’s door was always open to us Johnson kids, and other kids in the neighborhood. There was always another plate at the table, and always something good cooking in the kitchen. Anne and George were both so good to our horde, never missing the opportunity to impart a little wisdom or correct us when we thought we could get away with something at the Becker home we couldn’t at our own! In adulthood, I came to admire Anne for her positive perspective, self-reliance, and the joy she took from gardening, archery, family and friends, etc.. Joy she always shared so freely. What a wonderful woman, neighbor and adoptive Mom Anne was. My heart aches for you knowing how hard it is to loose a parent. I wish I could be there for the memorial to share personally my wonderful memories of Anne to help you through a difficult time. All my best to all who shared in Anne’s life.

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