Barbara Ann Becker

July 21, 1947November 1, 2014

Barbara Ann Becker, 67, of Evansville, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Pine Haven Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 21, 1947 to Joyce (Strupp) and Fred Jeude.

Barbara graduated from Reitz High School in 1965 and attended Lockyear School of Business. She worked for Brill Media as a secretary until leaving to be a stay-at-home mom, like she had always dreamed she would do. She married the love of her life, the late Anthony Becker, in 1989. Barbara was passionate about nursing home advocacy and made it her life’s work to help protect and advocate for nursing home residents and their families, including testifying before Congress.

She is survived by a daughter, Lori (Brad) Gonyer, brother, Donald Jeude, and her only grandchild, Emma Gonyer, all of Evansville, as well as many cousins and dear friends.

Thank you to Dr. David Harris, the staff at Pine Haven Health and Rehabilitation, and the staff of Southern Care Hospice who all helped to make her last months as pleasant and easy as possible.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Alexander North Chapel, with Deacon Ed Wilkerson officiating. Friends may visit Wednesday 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20036.Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, November 6, 2014


Barbara Ann Becker

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November 8, 2014

Bee was a good friend for years. She was smart, supportive, encouraging, helpful, and she made a difference. She was willing to get involved to help others. For years, Bee was a known, respected advocate working to improve critical care, safety and basic quality of life for long term care residents. Her involvement extended to other states, work on legislation, public awareness, assisting families and helping other advocates. People who really care are special. I'm glad this special one, Barbara Becker, was a friend.

Robyn Grant

November 7, 2014

Barbara was a passionate, dedicated and ferocious advocate for nursing home residents. Not only did she speak out tirelessly on their behalf, she shared information with a nationwide network of advocates to help them in their advocacy as well. She will be deeply missed but her legacy of improved care for residents lives on.

Dawn Davis

November 5, 2014

Dear Lori and family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother /grandmother.... May god wrap you the his strength during this sad time .... Prayers

November 5, 2014

Nothing Beautiful In This World Is Ever Really Lost Those We Cherish Will Always Live On In Memory.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Deaconess Home Medical Equipment and Infusion Staff

Don Jeude

November 4, 2014

Heaven has another angel. She is my sister. Thanks for your expressions of sympathy...luv you sis.

The Staff of Lakeside Manor

November 4, 2014

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Barbara will remain in our hearts forever.

Michelle Motta

November 4, 2014

Barbara's advocacy for the rights of long-term care residents made a positive lasting impact on their lives. I will forever admire her passion for the cause and miss her as a friend.

ayschea ward

November 4, 2014

I didn't know Barbara for long but I do know that she was and still is a wonderful loving woman that will be deeply missed by all who knew her

Regina Kasey

November 3, 2014

Dear Lori and family: So sorry about the loss of your mother. I will pray that God will help you get through this emotional time. Your mom was a good woman and she will finally rest in peace. I know there are no words that can make your heart stop hurting I just wanted you to know I am here for you and thinking of you and your family at this time. xoxo