Sandra Jean Becker
April 26, 1947 – December 31, 2020
On Thursday, December 31, 2020, Sandra Jean Becker of Polish descent, passed away at the age of 73. Sandra is survived by her two children, Eric (spouse Vonda) and Kevin (spouse Summer); her sister-in-law, Sandi; six grandchildren, Kyle (spouse Amey), Laura, Emily (spouse Joe), Natalie, Nate and Dillon; one great-grandchild, Adeline; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sandra was born in Hamtramck, Michigan to Leon (Leo) and Genevieve (Jean) Krist, where she grew up with her older brother Richard (16 years her senior) and sister Lorraine (18 years her senior). She grew up on a farm and would talk about her memory of running from the rooster as it chased her. Growing up with older siblings allowed her to enjoy music and movies from an earlier era. One memory she had was baking and dancing to Glenn Miller with her sister. She married Gary Becker in 1966 and relocated to San Diego. She lived with her brother, Richard, until Gary was honorably discharged from the Navy. She was a loving wife and mother, and always made the time to spend with her family. Sandra was a fervent believer and inspired so many with her grace and peace. She stood firm on the belief that “The just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).
She was an avid reader, baker, hostess, and above all, a prayer warrior. She owned many books and would read certain series over and over. She knew the books so well that she could not bear to see a movie change the context. She loved to bake, and at Christmastime, she unbelievably delivered incredible amounts of cookies and cinnamon bread to everyone she knew. Friends would count on receiving her cinnamon bread. Not only did she bake, but she was also an amazing hostess. She loved to set the dinner table beautifully and shower her guests with food, as well as prepare comfortable places to sleep if their guests wanted to stay. Anyone was always welcome.
She was a strong, faithful, prayer warrior. That is an attribute to be admired. She faithfully prayed for everyone and anyone who needed it. She would not only remember to pray for people, but she was sure to check up on the person she was praying for to encourage them. Towards the end of her life, it was sweet to see friends and family come to say goodbye and specifically thank her for praying for them. She spread joy, encouragement, and peace everywhere she went.
She had such a joy for life and would talk to everyone she saw. She called everyone by name, even the plumber who only came once. She genuinely cared about everyone’s well-being. She also had a passion for learning the Hebrew language as well as the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. She made travels to Israel, which she held very dear.
She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Her disciplined, loving, and gracious life showed us how we should strive to live. Her legacy will remain in the values she taught us and the grandchildren as she lived her life in faith, grace, and love. She will be deeply missed, and always in our hearts.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Miramar National Cemetery
Sandra Jean Becker
January 20, 2021
When I retired and became a member of the Carlton Oaks Baptist Church I met one of the kindest women in my life. Always smiling. She was an inspiration. I pray for her soul and pray for her children. I am so very sorry for your loss.
January 14, 2021
My Deepest Condolences to the Becker and Krist Family. I wanted to thank you so much for keeping us old Michigan Fitzgerald Class mates informed especially under such emotionally difficult circumstances . I knew Sandy and Gary from Fitzgerald High School & Lamb Company. They had worked at Lamb for a short time before the war disrupted all our lives. Gary was a talented draftsman who had near perfect lettering as each drawing was a work of art. He had a natural talent. He drew machine layouts that went along with our company's proposals and quotes to customers. Gary also was on the Fitz swim team. Sandy lived the next street over from me I had noticed how attractive she was -even though I had crush on her I could never work up the courage to ask her out. Later, At Lamb, I found out Sandy and Gary were dating and I thought they make a nice couple. 30 or 40 years later after loosing touch a co worker at Lamb reconnect us as he had sent Christmas cards to them all these years. Gary and I started e mailing over the last few years talking about the old days and how the neighborhood had changed so much.. they had returned to Mich years back and were depressed on how bad the old neighborhood looked. Gary could write a very detailed e mail as his writing was as good as his engineering drawings ! We wrote about aches and pains and the VA and our service time. Sadly, I watched as he wrote how the Illness was swiftly overcoming him. Sandy was a hero doing her best to assist Gary and little did we know Sandy herself was ill. May God Bless them and I hope they know that old friends back here mourn their passing. I pray The Becker and Krist Family find strength to make it through these difficult times.
January 12, 2021
Sandy was an amazing woman! She and Gary were totally in love all of their years together. Sandy loved being a homemaker and her circle of friends grew wider and wider. Sandy loved to bless people and Curtis and I went to their home for dinner many times. Gary was so proud of the delicious meals Sandy prepared! He also loved the beautiful home Sandy cared for so well. Gary would boast about what a terrific job Sandy did in all that she did, including the annual spring cleaning that included washing down all the walls! Sandy was so proud of Gary and the way he served and provided for their family. She trusted the Lord and she trusted Gary. Sandy mastered new things and she loved sharing them with others. I recall going to the Beckers so Sandy could teach me how to make the fabulous cinnamon roll bread - incredibly good! Gary and Sandy were so proud of their boys, Eric and Kevin, and loved to spend time with them. They were thrilled to welcome Vonda and Summer into their family and could hardly contain their joy when the grandchildren came along! We enjoyed hearing all about their activities and accomplishments and Gary and Sandy beamed with joy when they shared about their family. Gary and Sandy loved God's Word and they loved sharing the study of the Bible with others. Their lives were a sweet aroma to the Lord God Most High, and He has welcomed them home with open arms into the place He promised them and all who love them! They await the rest of us, longing all who knew them to bow their knees to the Lord Jesus Christ, just as they have.
January 12, 2021
From the first time I met Sandy, she had a twinkle in her eye & a great
Laugh! She invited my mom & I to dinner at their house & I have
Great memories of times shared talking of what is going on in Israel &
Our mutual love of the Lord.