Letta Valaira Beck 1923-2017
Letta Valaira Beck passed Letta Valaira Beck passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017 in Spokane, WA with her loving family by her side. She was born in Ephrata, WA on January 2, 1923 to John and Mildred (Swank) Gaines.
Letta was raised in Coulee City on her parents’ farm where they raised cows and sheep and harvested wheat in the fields. She was born during the time when hard work was just a way of life and she would carry on those values throughout her life. Letta met John Beck in Coulee City, WA. They would later be wed on October 15, 1941 and moved to a farm in Springdale, WA where they would remain for over 56 years. They would raise 4 wonderful children on the farm, Walt, John, Diane and Mary. Letta loved being outside, whether it was in her garden or tending to her flowerbeds. She would can all types of fruits and vegetables that were a staple at every meal. Letta was an excellent cook who knew how to make a great venison steak. So it was only natural for her to take on a job outside the home as a cook for the Springdale school for many years.
When John and Letta both finally retired they were able to travel, and travel they did. They would take drives all throughout the country with little or no planning, just hop in the car and go. When they got to a nice spot, they would stay there for the night. Letta loved to crochet Afghans and give them out as gifts to her family. Letta loved to go on motorcycle rides on the back of Walt’s Goldwing. She was a strong, caring, loving mother and wife who could be a little ornery is she had to. She will be surely missed.
Letta was preceded in death by both parents; husband, John L. Beck; brothers, Estle Gaines and Ralph Gaines; Sister Patricia; and a grandson, Caleb Whitford.
She is survived by her children, Walt (Sue) Beck, Chattaroy, WA, John (Loretta) Beck, Wenatchee, WA, Diane Whitford (Yakima) and Mary Louise Beck (Kennewick); sister, Verdonna Morse (Wenatchee); 6 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for Letta Valaira Beck will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Springdale Cemetery in Springdale, WA.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory have been entrusted with the arrangements.