Becky Lynn Neal, 40, a longtime Halfway resident died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
There was a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. Interment was at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. There was a reception afterward at the Lions Hall.
Becky was born at St. Elizabeth Hospital on April 5, 1962, to Robert C. and Ila L. Wingerd Brown. She was raised and educated at Halfway, graduating from Pine Eagle High School in 1980.
She left Halfway after graduation to attend ITT Community College at Boise. Becky received a degree in fashion merchandising and business accounting.
After graduation, Becky put her degree to work for her. Her first job was for Baird Oil Co. at Boise. After ? years, she moved back to Halfway and helped with the Union Oil business after her father became ill.
Becky held various jobs within the community, including managing the lounge at Wild Bill’s and doing the bookkeeping, Community Schools director, bookkeeping at Farmer’s Insurance, working at Old Pine Market and managing Jacob’s Dream.
The one position that she seemed to love the most was that of having the day care in her home. Becky loved children and they loved her.
In 1986, Becky and Ron Neal were married in Halfway at the home of Bob and Ila Brown. They had two children: Megan was born in 1987 and Billy in 1989. Becky truly loved her children, she enjoyed taking part in their activities, worried about them constantly, was always ready to prepare a meal, give a hug, or kiss an owie.
Becky enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, horseback riding, cooking, the river and boating. She loved to visit with friends either in person or on the phone. Becky always ended her conversation with “I Love You” and those who loved her as well responded with “I Love you too, Beck.”
Survivors include her children, Megan and Billy; her mother, Ila Brown; sisters, Mary Moody of Halfway and Sheri and Dean Sass of Meridian, Idaho; nieces, Cortni Harris of Halfway and Jill and Ken Dooley of Nampa, Idaho; nephew, Ryan Sass of Meridian; aunts, Della Kimbrough of Wendell, Idaho, and Martha and Clyde Perry of Star, Idaho; an uncle, William and Darlene Brown of Twin Falls, Idaho; numerous cousins; and a special friend, Gene Zachary of Halfway.
Becky was preceded in death by her father, grandparents and brother-in-law, Fred Moody.
Memorial contributions may be made to Granite Peaks Assisted Living or the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 22, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor