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Josephine Mercedes "Josie" Becker Drane
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Birth: Jul. 29, 1885
Death: 1960

Josie was the fourth child of F.F. and Mary Ellen Becker. She grew up in Brookhaven as a loved and care-free child before going to Ursuline College in New Orleans and marrying Lewis Thomas Drane of Clarksville, TN, in 1906. They had four children, named for the four grandparents, and were happily married until tragedy struck, and Lewis died in New Orleans in the flu epidemic after World War I. Josie moved back to Brookhaven to raise her children amid the support of her family. After the children were grown, Josie moved back and forth to each household, helping with her numerous grandchildren, and then moving in permanently with her son, Tupper to care for his children in the absence of his divorced wife. Tragedy struck again when Tupper drowned in a boating accident in 1950, and Josie again was faced with the task of raising a family with no father in the home. Josie's family felt that she was a very special person, strong and wonderful, who with raising two families and all she did for so many, deserved to be named "Woman of the Century."

(The above information was obtained from her mother's biography, written by Mary Roy Drane Swanson, for "The 1994 Reunion of the Becker Family" and donated to this memorial by Bettie Hatcher Cox.) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Ferdinand Francis Becker (1856 - 1938)
  Mary Ellen McGrath Becker (1859 - 1951)
 
 Spouse:
  Lewis T Drane (1879 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Henry Tupper Drane (1908 - 1950)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Aileen Becker Phillips (1879 - 1959)*
  Ferdinand Victor Becker (1881 - 1972)*
  Susie Becker Seemann (1883 - 1971)*
  Josephine Mercedes Becker Drane (1885 - 1960)
  William Henry Becker (1887 - 1961)*
  Kathleen Raphael Becker Wuescher (1889 - 1978)*
  Pierre Johnson Becker (1892 - 1968)*
  James Angelo Becker (1895 - 1984)*
  Martin Grover Becker (1898 - 1969)*
  Jasper Benoit Becker (1899 - 1997)*
  Margaret "Evelyn" Becker Briscoe (1902 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery
Brookhaven
Lincoln County
Mississippi, USA
 
Maintained by: Caroline Passmore
Originally Created by: LHamilton and BHamby
Record added: Jan 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32972500
Josephine Mercedes Josie <i>Becker</i> Drane
Added by: Caroline Passmore
 
Josephine Mercedes Josie <i>Becker</i> Drane
Added by: Caroline Passmore
 
Josephine Mercedes Josie <i>Becker</i> Drane
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- Lance
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
 
 
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