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M. Kathleen "Kay" McCarthy Becker
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1919
Lafayette County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 20, 2006
Wisconsin, USA

MADISON - M. Kathleen (Kay) Becker, age 86, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2006, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center surrounded by her family. Kay was born on Sept. 1, 1919, in Benton, the daughter of Ambrose and Sarah (Murray) McCarthy. She graduated from Benton High School in 1937 and attended Madison College. Kay later married Byron Becker on Sept. 30, 1943, in the chapel at Camp Grant, Ill. They have celebrated 62 years of marriage together. Kay was a founding member of the St. Peter Catholic Church in Madison.

Kay enjoyed playing scrabble, bowling, crossword puzzles, and her card playing club. She also enjoyed reading "Lives of the Saints." She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and the grandchildren. As everyone knew, Kay was proud of her Irish heritage. Every year she celebrated St. Patrick's Day. She was known to have an infectious personality, where her sense of humor, independent thinking, and uncompromising faith was well known by all. Kay's challenging childhood contributed to her strength of character in being the good mother that lives on in her children today.

She is survived by her husband, Byron of Madison; seven children, John (Elizabeth) Becker of DeForest, Mary Becker (William Mabis) of Madison, Joanne (Craig) Yapp of Madison, Timothy Becker of DeForest, Sara (William) Marks of Waunakee, Kathy (Steve) Foley of Ashland, Ore., and Tom Becker of Madison; two brothers, Eugene (Millie) McCarthy and John (Betty) Bent; a sister, Betty (Jim) Martin; 13 grandchildren, Matthew, Nicole, Kim, Kelly, Tyler, Jim, Terrell, Sara, Rachel, Erin, Alana, Summer, and Anthony; five great-grandchildren, Anna, Josef, Jacob, Jayley, and Taylor; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Joseph and Francis.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. A visitation will take place at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, on Monday, May 22, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Burial will conclude at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery in Westport. 
Saint Mary of the Lake Cemetery
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
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Record added: Aug 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40651648
M. Kathleen Kay <i>McCarthy</i> Becker
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