Selma Becker

Selma Becker, 96, longtime Hardin resident, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in the Big Horn Senior Living Facility.  She was born July 1, 1923 in Stanton, North Dakota, a daughter of Johann and Fredericka (Link) Horning Jr.  She grew up and attended school in Stanton.  She moved to Hardin in 1936 at the age of 13.  She worked for various farmers and lawyers in the Hardin and St. Xavier area, where she met the love of her life, Leo Becker.  They were married on September 23, 1941 and spent 61 years together until Leo’s passing in August 2002.  They were blessed with seven children.

Selma and Leo began their life together farming south of Hardin.  They moved to town in the early 60’s and Selma began her babysitting business.  She babysat over 10 small children each day in her home and continued doing what she loved for over 50 years.  She loved her “babies “and was known as “Grandma Selma” to hundreds of children; including nieces, nephews and her grandchildren. 

She loved to embroider tea towels, play cards, cook/bake and spend time with family and friends.  She will always be remembered for offering a seat at her table and for sharing her delicious and famous chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls, cabbage rolls, pickled watermelon, dill pickles and many German dishes.

Selma and Leo loved to dance, especially the polka and waltz and attended many dances for several years. They were often called the “Best Polka Dancers” in Hardin.

Her greatest pride and joy was her husband, her children and their families.  She was loved by so many and was the best wife, mom and grandma anyone could ever want.

Selma is survived by her seven children; Jerry (Heidi) of Aurora, CO, Ronnie (Sid) of Whitsett, NC, Dale (Diane) of Hardin, Gary of Billings, Shirley (Tom) Denny of Fort Smith, Debbie Kennedy of Anchorage, AK and Bonnie (Lonnie) Drake of Hardin; her 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Selma is survived by two special sisters in law, Violet Flegler and Delores Roebling both of Billings.

Graveside service Monday June 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery.

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