Dec 302011

Betty J. Becenti, 78, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in Holbrook, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held from 1 to 3 o’clock this afternoon (Dec. 30) at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, located at 803 Lewis Drive in Holbrook. A private family burial will follow at a later date.

Betty Becenti lived life in a way that most of us say we will do during New Year’s resolutions. She worked most jobs that the grandkids would never do. She mothered our children and their children.

She will be remembered by some as the feisty woman that worked at Wayside, the nice woman who worked at El Rancho, the beautiful cleaning lady who worked at the Super 8 Motel, the happy spirited woman who worked at the Hilltop Cafe, or maybe even the sweet lady who went to any church that welcomed her and made her feel at home. She loved St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, she would go on Sundays with her granddaughter’s family up until she just couldn’t go anymore. She loved the Lord and was a gracious Christian woman. She was a hardworking, strong, loving and kind woman who will be forever loved and remembered, and never forgotten.

Survivors include her four daughters, Annie Robinson, Marlene Robinson (Chester), Jeanette Becenti and Margorie Watson, all of Holbrook; her son, Leon John of Holbrook; 13 grandchildren, Donna John, John-Michael Robinson (Kandice), Shar Gillespie (Frank), Cheryl Wood (Samual), Johnny Yazzie, Anthony Baldonado (Reanna), Daniel Baldonado (Allison), Brandi Becenti (Weldon), Lavida Becenti, Cynthia Banks (Brook), Michael T. Watson Jr., Christina Watson and David Watson; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lillie, Elaine, Dorothy, Gloria and Arlene; and two brothers, Tillman and Robert.

She was preceded in death by her son, Wilson J. Becenti Jr.; her father, Lewis Big John; her mother, Yanabah Johnson; and four brothers, Chester John, Bahe John, Stanley John and Raymond John.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her account at Wells Fargo.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.