Rebecca Ann Milner Christensen was born April 3, 1955 in Raymond, AB, the first born child to Ken and Donna Milner. Because of Ken's different occupations, the family moved to California, Utah, the Crowsnest Pass and La Crete, Alberta. Her father died from pneumonia when they lived in La Crete, so they moved back down to Raymond. By this time, Becca had been joined by 5 siblings, and as she was not quite 14 and the eldest, she became her mom's greatest source of support, learning all the valuable homemaking skills that she later passed on to her kids. In 1973, at age 18 and just before the end of grade 12, she married her dashing returned missionary, Peter Christensen in the Cardston Temple. The newly weds moved to the farm in Welling and lived for a few months in a camper until their little house was ready to move in to next door to her mom and step dad Louis Schumers.
Rebecca and Peter had four babies while they lived in that little house. In 1985, they finished remodelling the old Farmhill School and moved in to it. The next years involved many ventures, including running commercial greenhouses, being a school bus driver, working as a custodian for different banks and the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, working for the Lethbridge Exhibition, being a hotshot transporter, and working at AutoValue as a delivery driver. She always put 100% effort in to all her jobs, having the belief that if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Aside from her paid work, she worked so hard and cheerfully at raising her kids, and helping out her parents, whom she lived next door to for her entire married life. Becca and her mom were partners in all tasks, like canning fruit, making pies, driving the school bus, and even showing dogs, to name a few.
Becca was known for her fun sense of humour and her willingness to serve others. Whenever something needed to be done, she was one of the first to volunteer. She was a wonderful homemaker and passed those skills along to her children and grandchildren, never hesitating to give up her baking secrets to anyone that asked. At work she was reliable and always in good spirits. Many at AutoValue considered her the "mom" of the business, and even some of her younger co-workers called her "Grandma Becca". Becca was resilient throughout all of life's hardships, and was never heard to complain. At family gatherings, which were frequent, she was the director and producer who knew exactly what needed to be happening and always made sure all the finer details were carried out. Quite often these finer details included bringing out the bottle rockets, the water balloons, the remote control cars, or some other fun toy for the kids especially to enjoy. A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Becca served happily in various church callings and regularly in the temple. Most of her service in the ward was in the Primary, and most of the children in Welling from the 1970's and on had her as a primary teacher. She definitely was blessed with the gift of teaching children. She will be remembered for her laughter, her silliness, her work ethic, her sewing skills, her delicious food, her earrings, her sense of style, her dedication to family and faith, her sense of fun and adventure, and her love of helping others.
Becca is predeceased by her two sons, Pete and Leland, and all three of her parents, Ken Milner, Donna Schumers, and Lou Schumers, and her brother Bart Milner (JoAnne). Becca is survived by her husband, Peter, her two daughters, Rachel Miller (Dennis) and Lydia De Coteau (Aron), her brothers and sisters Chriss Milner (Ruth), Melanie Hansen (Brett), James Milner, and Paige ZoBell (Herb), 15 grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Her example will be a light to her family and to many others for years to come. As said by Winnie the Pooh, "how lucky I am, having something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday November 12, 2022 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, WELLING CHAPEL, Welling Alberta.
Friends are welcome to meet with the family on Friday November 11, 2022 at 7:00 to 8:00pm at the WELLING CHAPEL, or from 10:00 to 10:45am on Saturday November 12, 2022 prior to the Service at the church.