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Judith Suzanne Becker

NORTH CANAAN — Judith Suzanne Becker died Aug. 20, 2019, at her home in North Canaan after a brave battle with cancer. 

She was a long-time resident of Salisbury. 

She was born Jan. 30, 1940, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Laura M. and Raymond H. Becker. 

Judy graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1957; earned her BA from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1961 and two master’s degrees from Rutgers University (Library Science, in 1962 and Bio Chemistry in 1967). 

In the late 1960s, Judy returned home to help her parents with their greenhouse, Lauray of Salisbury. The greenhouse was known for its orchids, cacti, gesneriads and other exotic plants. Judy was a noted grower, hybridizer, lecturer and accredited judge of several species of plants, but orchids were her passion. 

Judy gave with her head, her heart and her hands to the community she loved and the many organizations to which she belonged. 

Judy was the treasurer of the Housatonic Camera Club and a member of the Tri State Chamber of Commerce, the Sharon Audubon Society and countless plant organizations. 

Judy was a long time board member and secretary of Habitat for Humanity. To honor her countless volunteer hours, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut has established the Judith Becker Habitat Landscape Fund. This will celebrate Judy’s love of gardening by providing Habitat partner families with funds to landscape their homes. Donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. BOX 1, Salisbury, CT 06068. 

We can honor Judy’s memory best by reaching out and helping others. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the above Habitat Fund or the charity of your choice. 

Judy is survived by her siblings, Helen Crichton and her husband, Leslie, of Herkimer, N.Y., F. William Becker and his wife, Christine, of North Canaan, Dorothy Bonbrake of Mount Washington, Mass., Sara Becker of North Canaan and Raymond Charles Becker and his wife, Kathie Tyron, of Monterey, Mass.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends. 

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Patricia Pixley. 

Judy was a longtime member of St.Mary’s Church in Lakeville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church. A private burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salisbury. 

On Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., we will celebrate Judy’s life with a gathering at the Grove in Lakeville. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.