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Covell Funeral Home

200 N Brownson, Kingsley, MI

OBITUARY

Rebecca Katherine Travis

April 14, 1970July 11, 2019

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, Rebecca (Becky) Travis left this world after suffering a heart attack at the age of 49. Though her family, friends and community remain shattered with disbelief, they are also heartened and bound together by the love and joy she spread so effortlessly to one and all.

Becky was born on April 14, 1970, in Grand Rapids, MI to Gay and Duane Travis, and spent most of her youth growing up in Kingsley, MI, along with, brother, Ben Travis. She earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan in 1992 and worked for many years at Horizon Books and then Cali’s, both of Traverse City, MI, where she shared her loves of literature and fashion. Ultimately, she found her vocation as Program Coordinator of the Elk Rapids District Library where she built community and continued to touch the lives of so many.

On July 27, 1997, she married Mason Showalter and together, in true partnership, they built a foundation of love and security for their beloved son, Wallace, born January 19, 2012.

Becky is survived by her husband, Mason Showalter; son, Wallace Showalter; parents, Gay and Duane Travis; brother, Ben Travis (Laura); nephew, Mitchell Travis; father-in-law, Joe Showalter; brother-in-law, Morgan Showalter (Sia); neices, Maria and Elia Showalter; dear friend Wendy Kalush; many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and all of you.

The things Becky loved and valued most are embodied in her shared experiences with each of you and which we invite and encourage you to share.

A memorial and celebration of the vibrant life of Becky Travis will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Jack Blesma Pavilion, Elk Rapids, starting at 5 PM with a brief program of speakers beginning at 6 PM, followed by the opportunity for all to share memories of Becky. Parking is not allowed in the Harbor lot without permit so please seek out the library parking lot, the overflow lots between the Elk River and Noble Street, or throughout our village. Please consider reserving nearby parking for the elderly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider doing one or more of the following Becky-recommended activities: swim whenever possible, as long as possible; ride a bike; walk your child to school in any weather; eat a rainbow; make a difference in your community; read aloud to someone of any age; dress to express the inner you outwardly; plant something for the pollinators; strive to understand others from their own point of view; embrace adventure; counter injustice with caring; fold a paper crane; pick up five pieces of trash every time you go to the beach; contribute to the Elk Rapids Library Capital Campaign; smile from your heart and actualize your dreams. She did all of these things and so can we.

Services

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Memories

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Tina Renault

August 1, 2019

Dear Mason, Wallace & Gay,
I am heartsick to hear of your loss. I am so happy to have met Rebecca. There are just some people that you know are good. She was one of those people. She emitted goodness. Seeing her with Wallace made me smile. I always looked forward to seeing them and watching their sweet interactions. I am so very sorry for your loss. Reading her obituary is such a good lesson to me and to anyone reading this to truly love life, live life to it's fullest and don't sweat the small stuff. Heaven is truly lucky to have her!

Barb Johnson

July 19, 2019

Becky was a bright light at the Library. Her love of children showed with her many wonderful programs. Always glowing comments from parents about how great her programs were.
Becky will be truly missed. She was a shining star.
My thoughts are with her family. May all the precious memories help at this difficult time

Tracey Moyer

July 18, 2019

To the Showalter, Tavis, Bowen, Knight Families
Please share the BIGGEST hugs and the WARMEST hugs
Becky's trust in the Lord has now placed her in his open arms there is no better place then that. We can trust in God that he will now care for our needs as we all greave our loss of such a wonderful family member and friend.

The photo I attached is of Ruth Moyer(Great Aunt) and Betty Bowden Grandma

God Bless & Love
Tracey Moyer

Amber Dunn (Winogrodzki)

July 17, 2019

I am immensely saddened to hear that Becky has passed away! I went to Poland with her in 1990 and saw her occasionally through the years since. She had the most beautiful and open smile of anyone that I've ever known! I will remember her smile and the way that she truly radiated with love and kindness, and I will try and honor her life by living mine better. Much love to her family and all that are missing her.

Marilyn DeRosha

July 17, 2019

My impression of Becky is that she was someone who "walked the walk." She lived her life intentionally. She embodied all that is kind and gentle in our world. I recently retired from Lakeland Elementary school where Wallace is a student. I remember seeing them walk in (rain or shine!) every morning, and return home in the afternoons. She will be missed; she will be remembered.

Terri DeFilippo

July 17, 2019

I also loved running into Becky at Cali's. She was a bright light, full of love. Duane and Gay, may you experience the Light and Love that surrounds you and your family. I am so sorry for this great loss.

Leslie Casperson

July 16, 2019

Becky was such a sweet soul!! I haven't seen her since Junior high but always remember how kind she was to everyone!! The world was better with her in it. Rest in peace sweet Becky!

Beth Bynum

July 16, 2019

My sincerest sympathy for the loss of your sweet Becky. A shining star has been lost. I’m so sorry. ❤️

Vicki Edgecomb

July 16, 2019

Never met Becky, but knew her Grandma Mom and Dad. Wonderful family, so sorry to hear of her passing what a heart break. Condolences to all of you.

Stuart & Linda Travis

July 16, 2019

Becky was a kind & gracious person who brought her love & talent to the Elk Rapids Library. The children’s programming she developed was truly inspirational and inspiring. Her absence leaves a void in so many of the hearts of those of us she welcomed as we passed through the Island House Library doors. Our sincerest sympathy for Mason & Wallace, Duane & Gay, Ben and the entire family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY