Donna Ione Becker, 73

Published 9:27 am Saturday, May 25, 2019

Donna Ione Becker, 73, of rural Houston, Minnesota, died Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus-Rochester.

Donna was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, to Walter and Ione (Osland) Youngmark. On Jan. 29, 1962, she married the love of her life, David Becker. She worked at About the Horse in Spring Grove, Minnesota, for many years and ran the Semcac Dining site in Houston. Donna was a member of the Houston Baptist Church.

Donna Ione Becker, 73

She was very talented musically and she and Dave had their own band – first they were called Ridin’ High, and eventually became known as Rush Creek Junction.  Donna was happiest when she was outdoors – hunting for morels, agates, ginseng, arrowheads, whatever could be found. She also enjoyed watching the birds and the peace and tranquility that nature brought. Her family meant the world to her and she treasured times spent with them. In the words of her granddaughter, “She was a woman of sweet simplicity, always putting others first and following the teachings of Christ. A vibrant soul with a passion for music and family.”

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Donna is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dave; four children, Scott Becker of Austin, Minnesota, Shawn (Steve) Gorder of Rushford, Minnesota, Laura (Brian) Haack of Plainview, Minnesota, and Chairole (Eric) Williamson of Austin; eight grandchildren, Miranda (Braxton Bowen) Cady, Bridgette (Archie)Thompson, Justin (Erin) Cady, Kara Haack, Logan Haack, Joseph (Kaitlyn) Williamson, Jenna Williamson and Jordyn Williamson; eight great-grandchildren, Justice, Liberty, Grace, Arthur, Maggie, Gabby, Jack, Lydia and twin boys on the way; three sisters, Linda Youngmark, Peggy Youngmark and Pam Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Ron, Arden and Richard.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Houston Baptist Church with the Rev. Adam Burge officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Saturday at the church. She will be laid to rest at Swede Bottom Cemetery. Memorials are preferred and can be sent to Dave Becker, 16383 455th Ave., Mabel, MN 55954. Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service – Houston is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Donna, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at