Rebecca A. Dunford -- Rochester

September 2, 2018 GMT

Rebecca “Becky” Ann Dunford, 79, of Rochester, passed away peacefully in her home on Aug. 30, 2018.

Becky was born on June 1, 1939, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Van Orden) Ketchum. She was the oldest of six children and may be the sassiest. She attended Rochester High School, graduating June 8, 1957. On June 15, 1957, she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Russell Thomas Dunford. Russ and Becky built their home together, piece by piece, on family land on Marion Road SE. There, they raised their five children where Becky instilled the value of love, fun and hard work.

Becky was employed by Mayo Clinic, Greenway Co-op and Ace Hardware as a bookkeeper for many years. But her most satisfying career was being a mom. Becky was a Girl Scout leader, PTA volunteer at Longfellow Elementary and a regular at McQuillan Fields during ball season. Her summers were spent with her family at Money Creek Campground. She went by the alias of Becky, Mom, Grandma and Gigi, all carrying their weight in gold.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 loving years, on April 29, of this year; as well as her parents; in-laws; brother, Jim; and sister, Barbara.

She is survived by her children, Martie (Dan) Whiting of Rochester, Julie (Bob) Wagner of Oronoco, Thomas (Hollie) Dunford of Rochester, Kelli Yennie and Carol Dunford of Rochester; ten grandchildren, Shane (Jenna) Whiting, Katie (James) Arnott of Rochester, Rebecca and Kaci Wagner of Oronoco, Zachary and Emily Dunford of Rochester, Brooke Yennie and Dylan Bouche of Rochester, and Rachel and Ryan Liebenow of Rochester; as well as three great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Quinn Arnott and Driver Whiting of Rochester. Becky is also survived by sisters, Carol (Rick) Springer of Wabasha and Linda (Pat) Overend of Kasson; brothers, Keith (Marylee) Lovejoy of Brooklyn Park; sisters-in-law, Mabel Pierce and JoAnn (Rich) Volker of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

We were so fortunate to have the help and continued support from Seasons Hospice staff and some remarkable aunts and friends; JoAnn, Carol, Linda, Bess and Betty, for giving Becky the opportunity to make her last memories resting comfortably in her home.

We will always cherish Becky’s sense of humor, passion for books and stories, contagious laugh and the unconditional love for her family. Her enormous heart made an impact on many and will be dearly missed.

Family was everything to Becky. In lieu of a memorial service, you can pay your respects by spending time with those near and dear. Memorials can be gifted to Seasons Hospice.