When the sun came up on the morning of March 9, 1943, in Broken Bow, Okla., it was a delightful day. That was the day God chose Rebecca Louise Prater to come from heaven to earth and only He could have known just how many lives she would effect. Becky Prater-Johnson has now moved into heaven on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:23 p.m.
She was number eight in a family of 10, five boys and five girls, to grace the home of the Rev. Earl and Erna Prater. The Prater family soon found permanent residence in the rural area of Seneca, Mo., where Becky's dad worked as a saw mill owner and a Methodist minister.
Becky married Denny Johnson on Jan. 14, 1961, in her father's home in rural Seneca Mo. They were married 47 years.
Denny and Becky were blessed with two sons: Roger Johnson, born Sept. 11, 1961, who, with his wife Piper, now resides in Joplin Mo.; and Rusty Johnson, born July 30, 1964, presently residing with his wife Lisa in Miami, Okla. Denny and Becky have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Becky's surviving siblings include four brothers, Melvin Prater of Fairland, Okla., Don Prater of Wyandotte, Okla., Ken Prater of Seneca, Mo., and Danny Prater of Richardson, Texas, and one sister, Mary Lewis of Miami, Okla.
Her parents, one brother and three sisters preceded Becky in death.
Friends and family serving as pallbearers include: Ronnie Rabel, Randy Prater, Rick Prater, Benjamin McCormick, Mathew McGehee and Jonathan Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday ,July 26, 2008, at the Community Church in Commerce, Okla., with Dennis Lewis and Keith Manion officiating.
Visitation will be Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.
Interment will follow at Glen Abbey Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home.
Becky's life was committed to serving her family. Her home was her castle and her husband was her special delight. Her faith and trust in God was at the core of everything.
We celebrate her life. We choose now to honor her and we hold her example and standards high.