Leonora Becker was born Oct. 14, 1917, at rural Remsen, the daughter of James and Mary (Bohnenkamp) Ludwig. Lee was raised and educated in the Remsen area.
On Feb. 2, 1942 she married George Mehlhop at Sioux City. They farmed near Remsen until retiring and moving into Remsen Feb. 2, 1960. She was then employed at the Golden Pheasant from 1963 to 1968 and at Treinen and Benz Clothing in Remsen from 1968 to 1980. George died Nov. 29, 1974.
On April 19, 1980, Lee married Dale Becker at Kingsley. They made their home in Remsen. Dale died Sept. 1, 1999. She had been a resident of the Happy Siesta since Nov. 29, 2001.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholi Church and church Guild, Christian Mothers.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Deanna Becker and her husband Dan Beck of Denver, Colo.; two stepsons and their wives, Bryan and Ruth Becker of Houston, Texas and Frederick "Rick" and Margaret Becker of Omaha, Neb.; six stepgrandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Sylvester (Veronica) "Tony" Ruden of Remsen.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Ray and his wife Bertha Ludwig; five sisters and their husbands, Frances and Francis Blum, Cyrilla and Ted Henrich, Dorothy and Harry Dubitsky, Myra and Bill Edwards, Armella and Alphonse Galles; and two brothers-in-law, John and Sylvester Ruden.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen.
Burial will be at a later date. Lee donated her body to science.