Rebecca Jo Garner Beck, 63, passed from this earth at her Nacogdoches home on Saturday, January 8, 2017. She battled pancreatic cancer for the past 5 1/2 months. Visitation for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches. Rebecca was born in Abilene, Texas on October 10, 1953 to John and Barbara Huckaby Garner. Rebecca was the first of four children. During her childhood and adolescent years, she was an active member of the Portland Avenue Free Methodist Church in Abilene. Rebecca gave her life to the Lord through baptism at the age of 15. Even through her illness, she continued to remain faithful by listening to Christian programming on KAVX radio, reading daily devotionals and watching ministry programs on television. Rebecca attended school in Abilene, Texas and graduated from Cooper High School in 1972. She attended Cisco Junior College from 1972 to 1974 graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Office Occupations. She met her future husband, Steve Beck, while there. Rebecca and Steve were married in Abilene, Texas on December 28, 1974. They moved to Nacogdoches in January 1975 while Steve attended Stephen F Austin State University. They have called Nacogdoches their home for over 40 years. During their marriage, Rebecca and Steve welcomed two daughters, Christi in 1981 and Allison in 1984. Rebecca was a devoted, loving and caring wife and mother who was supportive of her husband and daughters. Rebecca was employed for almost 33 years with the state of Texas working mostly as an administrative assistant. She retired from the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2007. Rebecca learned to sew at an early age from her mother and in home economics classes. She had a talent for making clothes for herself and her daughters as well as cross-stitch projects and her most recent passion- quilts. She was an active member of the Nacogdoches Quilters Guild. She created lovely, cherished quilts for her children, grandchildren and family members and won ribbons for her quilts at local quilt shows. Rebecca is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Steve and her daughters and their families; Christi and her significant other Ramon and children April, Austin and Natalie; Allison and her husband Jared and son Jack, all of Nacogdoches. Rebecca is also survived by her mother Barbara Huckaby Garner of Abilene, Texas; sister Starla Jordan and husband Jerry of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; brother Britt Garner and wife Betty of Abilene, Texas; brother Brad Garner of Abilene, Texas; sister-in-law Nancy Humphreys of Longview, Texas; brother-in-law Tommy Beck and wife Maria of Eastland, Texas. Also nieces and nephews Randy Humphreys, Laura Beck Davis, Jeremy Garner, Logan Garner, McKenzie Jordan Gil and Whitney Jordan Fisher. She was preceded in death by her father John L. Garner. Online condolences may be made to casonmonk-metcalf.com. In lieu of flowers, Rebecca wishes that you donate to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.
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