Dorothy Beck, 92, Ephrata Manor, was homemaker

By on August 29, 2012

Dorothy M. Beck, 92, entered into rest at Ephrata Manor Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

She previously lived at The Long Home in Lancaster and Smoketown. Born in Lancaster County on Feb. 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Emily (Maurer) Gochnauer. She was married to Elwood Binkley who died in 1947 and Roy Beck who died in 1975.

Dorothy was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking for her family and trying new recipes. She worked a short time as a housekeeper for several tourist establishments in the Bird-in-Hand area and was a member of Bird-in-Hand United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Her favorite pastime was listening to gospel music.

She is survived by her children: Doris, wife of Richard Adair, of Manheim; Donald, husband of Virginia Binkley, of Spring Hill, Fla.; Shirley Armitage, of Lancaster; Gladys, wife of Ralph Albright, of Landisburg; Ralph, husband of Donna Wood, of Coopersburg; Henry, husband of Susan Bechtold, of Pipersville; Gordon Beck, Lois Hiltz, companion of Jeff Weidler, and Ronald Beck, all of Lancaster; Carol Velasquez, of Ephrata; and Darryl Beck, of Leola; a daughter-in-law: Lydia Beck, of Lancaster; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother: Joseph, husband of Marie Gochnauer, of Lancaster.

She was preceded in death by three siblings: Virginia Hershey, Margaret Doutrich and Paul Gochnauer; a son: Roy Beck; and two grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Ephrata Manor for the love and care Dorothy received.

The funeral took place at Bird-in-Hand United Methodist Church, Bird-in-Hand, on Aug. 27 with Rev Sandra Knaub, pastor, officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Bird-in-Hand United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 408, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505 or Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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