Nellie Rebecca Hendricks, better known as Becky to all who knew and loved her, passed away peacefully at her home in Gotham, Wisconsin on Friday, January 13, 2023. Becky was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on January 16, 1948, attended the one-room school in Gotham before graduating from Richland Center High School in 1966. For 33 years, Becky worked at Elco Textron, Inc. in Rockford, Illinois as a calibration technician. She was well loved by her coworkers, who appreciated Becky’s dedication to her job and her sense of fun. During her time in Rockford she participated in several sports and was an active member of a bowling league and even considered becoming a professional bowler.
After her retirement, Becky moved back to Wisconsin to live in her childhood home in Gotham, which she shared with her partner, Dianne. She enjoyed crafts and was especially talented at making beaded jewelry, spending many happy hours in her workshop in the company of her pets. She loved animals, adopting many dogs and cats over the years.
Becky will be remembered for her lifelong work ethic and often used to say, “Life isn’t fair and it’s not a circus either.” However, she also had a great sense of humor and positive attitude. Her personal philosophy was “Keep a smile in your heart and keep moving forward in life.” Her loss will be felt deeply by her many friends.
Becky is survived by her partner of 27 years, Dianne Walters-Butler and sister Harriett.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Erna as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements. prattfuneralservice.com
Posted online on January 17, 2023
Published in Rockford Register Star