Gena Laura Linn Becker, 82, died on Sunday (April 22, 2012) at her home after a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer.


Gena Laura Linn Becker, 82, died on Sunday (April 22, 2012) at her home after a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer. She lived life to the fullest in spite of her illness. She always said every day was a blessing, and she enjoyed life to her final days.
She was born on Aug. 12, 1929, to John E. Sr. and Carrie Linn in Salina. They preceded her in death. She married Edwin Becker on Dec. 24, 1947. He preceded her in death.
Family and friends were very important to her. Her greatest joys in life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished every moment spent with them celebrating special occasions, traveling or just visiting with them. Nothing made her happier than doing special things for her family and others who were important to her.
She was a dedicated fan of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. She never missed a televised football or basketball game, and she was always sure to wear her lucky KU sweatshirt. She was a founding member of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. She was involved in many aspects of church life for more than 50 years, which allowed her to understand what was really important. Trinity Heights, her church family and faith were an important part of her life.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Wellborn and husband, Rich of Odessa, Texas, and Shelley Lujano and husband, Dave of Newton; a brother, Clinton Linn of Denton, Texas; grandsons, Chris Peterson and wife, Lisa of Palatine, Ill., Andrew Peterson and wife, Greta of Portland, Ore., Joshua Pugh and wife, Kendra of Newton, Lee Wellborn and wife, Katie of Fort Worth, Texas, Zac Lujano and wife, Bridget of Park City, and Blake Lujano of Newton; granddaughters, Ashley Kleiber and husband, Adam of Hillsboro, and Amanda Brown and husband, John of Grovetown, Ga.; great-grandsons, Riley Pugh, Jackson and Beckett Kleiber, Logan Peterson, Clayton Wellborn, JB, Noah, and Ethan Brown, Hunter Lujano, and Cole Lujano; great-granddaughters McKenna Pugh, Alyssa Peterson, Kora Wellborn and Alyssa Lujano; and many wonderful friends.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Michael Edwin Becker; a daughter, Nancy Linn Becker; a sister, Carolee Brown; and a brother, John Elroy Linn Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson Funeral Home Chapel in Newton.
Celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, with Pastor Cheryl Jefferson Bell officiating. Family will greet friends following the service. Private burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Trinity Heights United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.