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Obituary: Mary Rebecca "Becky" Shumaker, Columbus

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Mary Rebecca “Becky” Shumaker, 84, of California Street, died at 8:05 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014, at the home of her daughter. She was born July 21, 1930, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of John and Nora Taylor Elkins.

A member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Bedford, Indiana, she formerly attended Memorial Baptist Church and later First Baptist in Columbus. She was a longtime member of the National Campers and Hikers Association, the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge.

She enjoyed square dancing, playing euchre, ceramics, gardening, traveling and attending activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid collector of Shirley Temple and Holly Hobbie memorabilia.

She married Merle Nikirk in Bedford, Indiana, in September of 1946, and after his passing married Donald Shumaker in November of 1981, in Columbus.

Becky and her husband Don spent winters at Tree Lakes Resort in Palmetto, Florida, and especially enjoyed their summers managing Par Three Golf Course in Columbus.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband, Merle Nikirk, in 1980; her second husband, Donald Shumaker, in 2001; sisters, Henrietta Fields and Elizabeth Wilson; and a brother, William Elkins.

Survivors include daughters, Priscilla (Roger) Day, Paulette (Rick) McClintock, and Polly (John) Major; grandchildren, Wendy (Shaun) York, Jane Ellen (Phillip) Watkins, Jenn Day, Kirk (Treva) Burns, Tyson Moore, Hannah Moore, McKenna Major, and Harry Major; great-grandchildren, Sam York and Elisa Watkins;  13 granddogs; brothers, John (Sparky) Elkins, Jack (Sharon) Elkins, Roe (Joyce) Elkins, and Red Elkins; sisters, Virginia Souders , Karen (Ronnie) Merriman, and Linda (Russel) Cox; and a sister-in-law, Chris Elkins.

The funeral will be at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with Dr. William H. Griffith officiating. Calling will be from 3 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Beech Grove Cemetery in Bedford, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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