OBITUARY: Rebecca ‘Becky’ Jo Burnett

Rebecca “Becky” Jo Burnett, 70, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 2, 2021, at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was a long-time resident of Newton, before moving to Halstead several weeks ago.

Becky was born in Dodge City on Nov. 9, 1950, as one of 13 children to parents Eula Mae (Brown) and Enyard Minard Speer. In 1970, she met Larry Keith and the couple had two children, a daughter and a son. They later divorced and he preceded her in death in November 2007. Becky remarried to Kenneth Burnett in February 1985 and they remained married until his death in September 1998.

Becky was a feisty spirit who valued her relationships with family and friends. She was a caring and free-spoken friend to many, and a loving mother, grandmother, and sister to her family. She enjoyed spending much of her time sharing in the lives of those she loved.

Becky is preceded in death by brothers, Larry, Terry, Ron and Darrell Speer, sisters, Corkey Wilson and Leota Moss, and parents, Eula Mae (Brown) and Enyard Minard Speer.

Becky is lovingly remembered by her surviving family; children, Michelle Burch and Leroy Keith, granddaughters Aubrey Keith, Heather Blackburn and Tiffany Blackburn, grandson Davin Keith, brothers Cleo and Don Speer, and sisters, Danna Rigg, Linda Wilks, Vicky Hall and Vivian Wise.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 8, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton.

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