Becky J. Peterson | 1940 - 2014 | Obituary

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Becky J. Peterson

Born: May 04, 1940
Died: January 05, 2014

Becky Peterson, 73, of Virginia, IL passed away Sunday morning, January 5, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Becky Jane Wibye was born May 4, 1940 in Beardstown, IL, the daughter of Walter Wibye and Doris Jane McNamara Wibye (O’Hara). She married John Peterson in 1960 and they were later divorced.

Becky attended Beardstown schools and was a graduate of Beardstown High School, class of 1958. Following high school, she attended business school in Springfield and worked for Illinois Teachers Retirement System before stopping to raise a family. She was later employed for more than 30 years for the University of Illinois, Cass County Extension Service. In the 1970s, Becky trained to become a certified EMT and paramedic, working intermittently for MECCA Ambulance Service.

Becky lived most of her life in Virginia and was a very active community volunteer. She tirelessly led volunteer efforts supporting many of her daughters’ activities, including Girl Scouts, Band Boosters, and Virginia Athletic Boosters, and chaperoned numerous high school field trips. Following the death of a close friend, she served as local Chairman of the American Cancer Society fund raising drive for several years. Becky was actively involved with the Virginia Women’s Club, Cass County Homemakers and the Cass County Food Pantry. She was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church, and over the years held various positions for the Virginia Barbeque and the Virginia Park Board.

During her life, Becky touched many lives. She enjoyed vacationing with her daughters and grandchildren, getting together with her high school classmates and helping tend to the garden. She was quick-witted and always willing to lend a helping hand. Becky was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease in recent years and will continue to be missed by her family, her friends and extended family.

Becky is survived by 3 daughters, Tamara Peterson (husband, Andre Burke) of Bloomingdale, IL, Pam Dalsin (husband, Rich) of Springfield, and Carla Anderson (husband, Tim) of Chatham; 10 grand children: Devin Burke, Abby Dalsin, Derek Burke, Tatum Anderson, Mallory Dalsin, Karch Anderson, Jaxon Anderson, Weston Anderson, Ava Anderson and Becklin Anderson; cousins, Barbara Hardwick of Virginia, Julie Arp of Quincy, Melanie Wolf of Quincy; and loving companion, Bob Spears of Beardstown. She is preceded in death by her mother; high school classmate, Butch Bell; and cousin, Tom Gray.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday, January 10, 2014, at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery in Beardstown. The family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts are suggested to Cass County Food Pantry. Condolences may be sent online at

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