Rebecca (Becky) Peterman Townsley

Becky Townsley of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home in Tulsa.  She was 94.

Becky was born October 2, 1925 in Davis, Oklahoma to Bessie Ward and John Edwin Peterman. She lived in the Davis-Sulphur area of southern Oklahoma most of her life until she and her family moved to Miami in 1966.  She graduated from Davis High School and then received  her bachelor degree in nursing from OU.  She worked as a RN in the hospital in Sulphur and for the Health Department until coming to Miami where she worked as the school nurse for the rest of her career. Becky loved the outdoors.  She loved camping, fishing, swimming, and picnicking.  She loved gardening and could grow anything.  She was an avid bird watcher and a member of Audubon Society. She was an accomplished weaver, often spinning her own yarn.  Becky loved traveling and was always ready to go anywhere and see the world.  She canoed in the Yukon Territory, walked on the Great Wall of China, touched the remains of the Berlin Wall, snorkeled in Belize and the Galapagos, walked the rainforests of Peru and hiked into the Grand Canyon.  She was an active member of BPW and the Bethany Christian Church in Miami.  She loved to read.  She loved life and family and friends.

Becky married John Matthew Townsley, Jr. on August 9, 1946. John preceded her in death on February 17, 1998.

John and Rebecca had three children, Claudia, Roseana and Wesley.  She was preceded in death by Wesley, her parents and her brother Ward and wife Betty.

Her daughter Claudia and husband Larry Vandiver of Tulsa and daughter Roseana and husband Hank Downum of Miami survive her. Other survivors include grandchildren Kerri Vandiver of Tulsa, Amy Christie of Fort Gibson, Lacey Quinton and husband Mike of Mountain View, Alberta, Canada, David Downum and wife Erin of Paola, Kansas, and Kyle Downum and wife Kristen of Kenai, Alaska. 23 great grand children, all of whom call her "Granny", also survive her.

In respect for efforts to slow the spread of COVID 19, a "Celebration of Life" will be scheduled later.