It was a life well lived! Rebecca Louise Beckmann Howerton unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013. She was born May 12, 1934 in Blanco, Texas in a little rock house close to the Blanco River. She attended Blanco Public School and graduated with a degree in teaching from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) with a major in Physical Education and a minor in English. This degree, her drive, love of children, and passion for learning led to a 44 year teaching career. The lives she touched as a teacher were numerous because she taught in various places: Blanco, New Braunfels, Yoakum, Port O'Connor, Sugarland, Fredericksburg, and Houston. She received several teaching awards including being named Teacher of the Year in 1984 at FM Black School, Houston, Texas and was listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers several times. While teaching in Houston, she also served as the English Department Chair at FM Black Middle School. In addition to an extensive teaching career, Rebecca also owned several small businesses.
Those who knew Rebecca knew that she was full of energy and loved being active. For many years, she played tennis, volleyball, swam and is known to have danced her way across much of Texas! She performed in plays, enjoyed dressing up in her historical costumes, and was even an extra in the recent True Grit movie. Her sense of vitality also translated into an enthusiastic involvement in organizations, often serving in an leadership position. This desire to give back to others only intensified through the years and resulted in her actively participating in numerous local organizations including the Blanco Historic Commission, Keep Blanco Beautiful, the Twin Sisters Hermann Sons Lodge, the Women's Auxiliary of Eagles, Blanco Good Samaritan and Food Pantry, the Lions Club and the OBCCPS and serving on the Blanco City Council for thirteen years. Rebecca worked with others to create the Blanco Pioneer Museum; a perfect expression of her love of history and respect for Blanco's past. Her family's long history in the area, led her to also work tirelessly for the upkeep of the local cemetery, serving as an officer of the Blanco Cemetery Association for several years. She so generously volunteered her time, talents and resources, that she was honored in 2010 with the Community Builder Award; an unexpected honor that she deeply treasured.
She was devoted to her church, Blanco Trinity Lutheran Church. A member since 1934, she served as a pianist, choir member (oh, how she loved to sing), alter guild and Church Council member, worship assistant and lay reader, president of the church women, and much more.
Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Cora Beckmann. Many knew that Rebecca was her daddy's girl, actively hunting and fishing with Richard for forty years. She is survived by two daughters, Renee Howarton and Roxanne Parker, by Renee's husband, Bill Wikrent, and two grandsons Richard Parker and Evan Lynch and his wife, Stephanie. There are four great-grandsons, Christian, Caston, Grayson and Liam as well as many loving family members, friends, past students, and co-workers who will miss her.
Visitation will be 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Crofts – Crow Funeral Home in Blanco. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, February 1st at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blanco. Interment will follow the Blanco Cemetery.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following organizations: Blanco Trinity Lutheran Church, Blanco Pioneer Museum, Blanco Good Samaritan and Food Pantry, or the Blanco EMS.
We will all miss her so deeply but we will see her in our own time as she waits for us just beyond the sunset.