OBITUARY

Rebecca S Caldwell

October 1, 1946January 9, 2020

Rebecca Stephens Caldwell

Becky Caldwell passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, January 9th, 2020. Becky was born on October 4, 1946 to Roley and Mildred Stephens in Pekin, Illinois. She was a lifelong and faithful member of Aldersgate UMC, serving the Lord as a Sunday school teacher, president of the United Methodist Women, and church treasurer. Becky spent a career in the financial industry, working for Max Federal Credit Union, Executive Benefit System, and AmSouth Bank. She had a love of travel especially to Scotland where she lived for many of her childhood years and returned to later in life to pursue her passion for Scottish culture and talent for writing, sewing and drawing.

Becky is survived by her husband of 45 years, James ‘Eddie’ Caldwell; sons, Steve Jones and Tyler Caldwell (Sara); grandchildren, Jordan Jones, Emily Jones, Boyd Caldwell, and Anne Caldwell; Sisters, Janet Wlodarczak (Patrick) and Sally Gardner (Bill); along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her daughter Amy Jones Hilyer, and brother, Dr. Thomas Stephens.

Visitation will be from 4:30 PM to 6:30 on Sunday, January 12th, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Monday, January 13th, at Aldersgate UMC, with a visitation at 9 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aldersgate Permanent Endowment Fund. Honorary pallbearers are the Berean Sunday School Class.

  • FAMILY

  • James E CALDWELL, Spouse
  • Tyler Caldwell (Sarah), Son
  • Steve Jones, Jones
  • Jordan Jones, Grandchild
  • Emily Jones, Grandchild
  • Boyd Caldwell, Grandchild
  • Anne Caldwell, Grandchild
  • Janet Wlodarczak (Patrick), Sister
  • Sally Gardner (Bill), Sister
  • Amy Jones Hilyer, Daughter (deceased)
  • Dr. Thomas Stephens, Brother (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Aldersgate Permanent Endowment Fund

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Interment Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Memories

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Janet Wlodarczak

January 17, 2020

Becky was my older sister (by 14 months) for 72 years and we shared and did so much together, mostly by choice. Many times I was forced into her care by our Mom. We had our ups and downs as sister do, but what good times we had as we grew older sharing stories and laughing at ourselves. Becky loved nothing more than having a good time with her family and friends. She was always up for a family get together at her home and she would do all the cooking, plan crazy games and lead heated conversations about any and everything. What good times. I miss her so much being in this world with me but the memories will stay with me always. I know she is in her heaven now, in her cottage in the Scottish Highlands, knitting and having a cuppa. Fare thee well my bonnie lassie.

Cheryl Ivey

January 15, 2020

Becky and I were childhood friends since grade school and picked up our friendship after her return from Scotland. Becky’s sister Sally and I live in the same city and are good friends. Over the years Sally shared updates on Becky’s life. I was very blessed to talk to Becky for an hour two days prior to her passing. I have always considered Becky one of my very special friends. God bless her and her wonderful family.

Sara Austin

January 13, 2020

Eddie and Becky were my second set of parents. They were great friends with my parents and I think I spent more time at their house than I did mine when growing up. Amy and I spent as much time together as possible (it helped that we lived on the same street and our parents were besties). I always knew that I had another family with Eddie, Becky, Amy and Steve and could count on them for anything. Nothing but wonderful memories surrounding this beautiful and amazing woman.

Michael Sigler

January 12, 2020

Vicki and I are so sorry. I enjoyed working with Becky in the Aldersgate church office in the years when I was senior pastor there. Our condolences to her family and friends. -Mike Sigler

Alan Mitchell

January 12, 2020

Becky was faithful in various capacities at Aldersgate. She always enjoyed coming to the Praise Singers concerts even after she did not get out very much. Thoughts are with the family.

Renee Colley

January 11, 2020

Ms. Becky was a very sweet lady that was always with a kind word when I would get the chance to see her. Mr. Caldwell was a very lucky man to have such a wonderful and beautiful soul for his wife. We may only be tenants of theirs but they are they kindest and most warm hearted people we ever had the pleasure of knowing. I would love it when Mr. Caldwell would tell me she loved my cookies I would make for them. May you rest easy and forever travel to Scotland.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY