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Mary J. Becken

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 19, 2020 @ 11:14 am In Obituaries | 12 Comments

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Mary J. Becken, 92, of Lancaster, passed away on March 17, 2020 at Hospice & Community Care.  She was the loving wife of the late Rev. Otto F. Becken. Born in Long Island, New York, she was the daughter of the late Morgan and Nina (Fulkerson) Jones.

Mary spent much of her life as an educator as well as a nurse.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her children, Donna McDonnell (wife of Jay) of Cherry Hill NJ, and a son Donald Becken of Rochester NY; 4 grandchildren, Michael Becken, Jennifer Diegel, Jillian Diegel and Jacob Diegel; and three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Diegel, Aiden Becken and Madalyn Becken.

A visitation will be held at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 2024 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603 on Monday, March 23, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  Private graveside service will be in Brookfield Cemetery in Manorville, Long Island, NY.  Flowers are welcome. 

Condolences for the family of “Mary J. Becken”

Condolence from Glenn Gloeckner on March 19th, 2020 2:14 pm

My heartfelt condolences to you my friend Don. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family.

Condolence from William Burgum on March 19th, 2020 2:42 pm

My deepest condolences to the Becken family. I served with Don as an Air Force TACP. His impact as a Leader, mentor and friend still exudes in many of us today. I’m proud to call him a friend and thankful to have had, and still have, such men like Don in my life. This is a testament to his Mom. Good men just don’t happen, they are raised to be.

God Bless and prayers to all,

Billy (Badger) Burgum, MSGT, USAF (Ret)

Condolence from Bernadette (Hennigan) Moore on March 20th, 2020 2:25 pm

My deepest condolences to family. Childhood memories of Mr. & Mrs. Becken are still talked about. We had the pleasure of being with Mrs. Becken while in Lancaster a couple years ago. I had the honor of helping her at school one summer as a kid. She was enjoyable to be around. Our memories will last with them and Donna and Donald. Prayers to all family members.

Condolence from Priscilla Garrett on March 21st, 2020 10:47 am

Mary, your mother, was an inspiration to me personally. She knew the Lord and desired her family to walk with Him, too. I am so thankful she is where she has wanted to go, even last Sunday when we visited her, she was talking about getting there, “maybe this week?”

May God encourage you these days as you experience this big change in your lives.

My husband, Millard and I were a part of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Congregation where your parents were a part of the body of believers in Jesus.

~Priscilla Garrett, for Millard, too

Condolence from Irene Quinn Albertson on March 21st, 2020 4:39 pm

Our heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your Mama.
Your Mom was so kind and generous to me over the years. She took me in when I needed help, was very loving, and she cooked for me. And later in life when my daughter was older she helped her with her schoolwork, tutoring her, she was excellent at that. God gave her a long life, two beautiful children who loved her, and lots of grandchildren to love her also. Love ya

Condolence from Gary and Dorothy Parks on March 22nd, 2020 3:19 pm

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Becken family. Prayers of strength in your time of loss. Don and I served in the Air Force as TACP brothers. Currently work together at L3Harris. God bless.

Condolence from Sean Stalters on March 23rd, 2020 2:33 am

Deepest condolences. Please reach out if there is anything the Becken family may need.

Condolence from Socorro Zuniga on March 23rd, 2020 7:54 am


My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Condolence from Lori Flood on March 23rd, 2020 9:08 am

Prayers and healing thoughts during this time to you and your family.

Condolence from Jeff Pascoe on March 23rd, 2020 2:23 pm

My deepest condolences. I love you brother!

Condolence from Cassandra Tichian on March 24th, 2020 7:46 am

Dearest Donna,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a sweet woman and I have fond memories of her from many years back. Please know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Jennifer Diegel on March 24th, 2020 11:01 pm

My grandmother, Mary, was not just my grandmother. She was also basically my mother for a very long period of time. She has given me more love and patience than any one has ever given me. Way more than I probably ever deserved. She has watched over and taken care of my family, her daughter with my siblings. She has taken care of us mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually. I have never seen anyone more devoted to God. The faith that she has had for many years has had an INCREDIBLE impact in so many other lives as well. I will forever miss outing out to eat together and hearing her sing. Regrettably, I will not miss her cooking. She was an amazing mother, friend, sister, daughter, nurse, teacher, pastor’s wife. Most importantly, she was my Grammy and I was her little Jenny.

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