Rebecca "Becky" Weddle

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rebecca "Becky" Rae Weddle, of Fort Scott, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, while with her loving family in Moundridge, Kan.

Born in Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 20, 1942, as the oldest child to Virgil Westover Harvey and Ardis Carol Harvey. Becky attended Elkhart High School, Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., and earned her master's degree in English as a second language from Pittsburg State University.

Becky had a strong faith and was an exemplary citizen of God. As such, she was an integral member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and served the congregation through the roles of Church Elder, Sunday school teacher, youth group leader and board member.

With passions for helping others and the Spanish language, Becky lived in Mexico and Puerto Rico; she also participated in mission trips to Honduras. She became an educator and taught Spanish and English as a second language at Fort Scott Community College and she was also an individual student tutor.

As an outstanding civic leader, Becky drove initiatives that continue to impact many in the community today. She was on the original committee responsible for the renovation of the Fort Scott High School and also worked to have bonds passed to support the development of a new middle school and high school. Becky was a founding member and former chairman of Good Ol' Days, as well as one of the founders of the local League of Women Voters.

She was an avid lover of the outdoors and an accomplished marksman. Further, her love for animals was evident in that she always had at least one dog and a cat keeping her company. Cooking was a favorite hobby of Becky's and she at one point owned a catering business with a friend. Her famous french bread loaves were loved by all and her grandchildren have fond memories of baking the loaves with her.

Most important to Becky was spending time with and watching the activities of her children and grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her great capacity to love, her infectious laugh, her hugs and her willingness to always lend a hand or listening ear.

Becky was preceded in death by her father Virgil Westover Harvey and granddaughter, Brianna Holloway. She is survived by her mother Ardis Carol Harvey and her sister, Carol Harvey; her children Jodi Lynn Holloway, Julia Anne Sinn, Mark Douglas Weddle; son-in-law, Brian Holloway; daughter-in-law Shannon Weddle; and her six grandchildren, Benjamin, Garinand Trenton Sinn and Brooke, Joel and Seth Holloway.

Following cremation, the Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct Memorial Services at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 101 South Judson Street, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701 (620) 223-3944. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 7--8 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 West Wall Street, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701 (620)223-1212.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ or to the Heifer International Organization c/o Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.