Norma "Becky" Rebecca Tinsley

May 10, 1950April 20, 2019

Norma Rebecca "Becky" (Newcomb) Tinsley, 68, of Independence, MO passed away on April 20, 2019 at her home. She was born May 10, 1950 in Knoxville, TN to William and Flora Newcomb. She was raised in Knoxville, where she graduated from Bearden High School in 1968. She moved to Nashville after graduation and on to Kansas City in 1971, residing in Independence. Becky's work career took her to U.S. Engineering, Arrow Truck Sales and Serco (DHS). It was at Arrow Truck Sales that she met the love of her life, Jerry, in 1994. Becky and Jerry married in 2000 in Panama City, FL.

Becky volunteered for Groves Community Hospice after retiring from Serco in 2015. She loved home decorating, making flower arrangements and wreaths, antiquing to add to her collection, and cooking, most recently mastering bread baking. She had a green thumb and could grow anything, always having a perfectly manicured yard every year. She loved the beach and loved to sunbathe. She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible. She enjoyed going to church to worship on Sunday's at Coventry Estates Baptist Church. Becky's proudest accomplishment was her family and close friends, especially her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Dora Keener, Randy Newcomb, William "Buddy" Newcomb, Barbara "Bobbie" Davis, James "Jimmy" Newcomb, Sarah "Tiny" Hildebrandt and Helen Swain.

Becky is survived by her husband Gerald W. Tinsley, of the home; son Marc D. Patterson (Jamie) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; daughter Valarie R. Ewen (Dean) of Lake St. Louis, MO; son Clayton W. Timmons (Alexandra) of Independence, MO; step daughter Sara K. Tinsley of West Palm Beach, FL; granddaughter Samantha R. Glassford of Lake St. Louis, MO; grandsons Darin "Bayley" Wood of Lake St. Louis, MO; Kaden A. Patterson and Kobe D.J. Patterson, both of Fuquay-Varina, NC; five step grandchildren, Tad, Tyler, John, Curtis and Tony; sisters Joanne "Jodie" Ellison and Callie M. Jones, both of Knoxville, TN; countless numbers of nieces, nephews, cherished friends, and her beloved dog, Lilly.

A Celebration of Life will be 11am, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Coventry Estates Baptist Church, 17133 E. 39th St. S, Independence, MO. A reception will follow at the Voorheis Vale Clubhouse, 12808 E. 48th St. S, Independence, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 27, 2019


Norma "Becky" Rebecca Tinsley

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Virginia Hendrix

April 26, 2019

Becky and I didn't keep in touch over the years since I left Arrow Truck Sales, but she was definitely one of the first people, besides Barb, to make me feel at home when I started working there. She had a wonderful personality and huge heart. She will be missed by many. Love ya my friend!!!

Paula Vieira

April 25, 2019

Becky shone like the Sun! I didn't get to see her often, but when I did I was reminded that kindness can overflow in a person, that the sun can actually shine in a smile, and that the smallest gesture could ease doubt or worry. Becky was all of those things, could do all of those things, and so much more. My heart grieves for the family- it will be impossible to forget her or ever stop missing her. She was an incredible woman. I hope there is solace found knowing Becky will help light the way when things seem dark, and she will be holding the gate open when it's time to come home. God bless you all.

Annie Byrd

April 24, 2019

Becky and I we were friends and worked together at Serco (DHS), we often shared our faith and belief in Jesus Christ. I loved Becky as though she was my blood sister. We hate to see her go, but she is at peace with the Father! Until we meet again on the other side of All!

Brian Sharp

April 24, 2019

Sorry to hear this but it was great to see you all at 50th reunion. Praying for the family.

Patricia McCarter

April 24, 2019

I am so thankful we had time together last year at our high school reunion. You will be greatly missed by all.

Tina Lumpkin

April 23, 2019

Not just an Aunt but more like my big sister. I remember those days you were still living at home and me and Darlene would brush your long hair. I loved you endlessly and will always love you. You will be truely missed. Rest high on that mountain sis.

Teresa Darlene Ellison McCarter

April 23, 2019

Dear Aunt Becky (sis) i have so many memories of you to cherish. The one that i still think of fondly is you letting me and Tina play with your hair. We really gave you some doos and you never minded us doing it. I will always love you and remember you. You will be forever missed. Fly high with the angels.

Teresa Ellison McCarter

April 23, 2019

Mama Callie has loved you since you were a baby and always will. I have many sweet memories that i cherish. I will miss you forever. Give Mom and Dad and brothers, sisters a hug and my love. I'll see you in Heaven one day. I love you my sweet baby sister.

Barb Beets

April 23, 2019

Oh my.. where to start. I think it was just the all the girl’s nights we had. Laying in bed eating chips and cookies and watching a “chic flick “.
Trying to stay awake and then one of us poking the other because we were snoring. One of us would move to the couch or extra bedroom.

Also all the flowers arrangements she made me. We would go pick out flowers and such (always on sale or with a coupon) and she worked her magic. A few days later I would have a beautiful arrangement. Such talent.

I will miss you my friend. My heart is broken but I know you will ALWAYS be in it. My soul cries and memories comfort me.

Godspeed my wonderful best friend.

Wanda Keener

April 23, 2019

Thank you Becky, for being my Aunt for 49 years. Even though we were 4 months apart in our ages, you were still my Aunt, not by blood, but by love.
I love you Aunt Becky. Thank you for being so good to me.