Stillwater News Press


March 7, 2014

Rebecca (Becky) S. Newkirk

Rebecca (Becky) S. Newkirk, 61, received her crown of victory and went home to be with the Lord on March 1. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a service celebrating Becky’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Mehan Union Church in Stillwater. A private family burial will take place late that afternoon. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday with the family greeting friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday.

Rebecca Suzanne Sednek was born in Rushville, Ind., July 11, 1952, the daughter of the late William F. Sednek and Kathryn (Sullivan) Sednek. She was raised and educated in Rushville.  In 1982, Becky finally gave in to several months of begging and married the love of her life and her soulmate, Doug Newkirk. Shortly after the wedding, Becky and Doug relocated to Stillwater, where Becky took a job as an administrative assistant in the financial aid office at Oklahoma State University. After a few years, Becky transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Department office at OSU. She later accepted a position with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education where she worked in the purchasing department as well as working as a switchboard operator. Becky spent more than 15 years with CareerTech before retiring in 2013.

Becky was a spirit-filled, God-fearing woman who was known for the strength of her faith in Jesus Christ. She valued the church, had a heart for worship and understood the power of prayer. She will be remembered for her relentless, positive and hopeful perspective in life, her generosity and compassion for others and her beautiful smile. Becky loved her husband Doug passionately, she took great pride in caring for her children and grandchildren, and she cherished and loved all her family unconditionally, those by blood, those by marriage and those by heart. Becky was exceptional in her love and devotion as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Becky loved traveling, whether it was a weekend drive or a cross-country road trip. She enjoyed camping and boating at the lake with her friends and family. Becky made her home beautiful with her decorating skills and took pleasure in gardening and tending to her flowers and yard. She always dressed fashionably, loved shopping and had a knack for finding the best deals. Becky was creative and enjoyed sewing and making crafts with her grandchildren. She volunteered her time and talents in making dresses, blankets and dolls for children in need around the world.

Becky was a blessing to everyone who knew her, she was dearly loved by many, and will be greatly missed by all. But her life, love and faith will continue to produce much fruit through the seeds she planted in the hearts of so many.   

Becky was preceded in death by by father, William Francis Sednek, her brother, Tom Sednek and sisters, Joan McLaughlin and Tina Sednek.

She is survived by her husband Doug Newkirk, six children, Jason and Lynda Stromski, Jessica Stromski, Delana Miller, Dusty and Naomi Newkirk, Debby Hendrix, and Kenny and Kim Nolting, mother, Kathryn Irene Sednek, 11 grandchildren, Autumn Focht, Kendall Nolting, Carly Miller, Clinton Miller, Andrew Miller, Brianna Newkirk, Korea Stromski, Zarah Stromski, Eden Rose Stromski, Hayden Stromski and Kayla Bunch, seven great-grandchildren, Axel Focht, Jainy Daye Focht, Amelia Nolting, Hadley Nolting, Ezra Holland, Paxton Morris, Aaliyah Newkirk, nine sisters, and their spouses, Judy and Bob Schmidt, Alice and Bruce Dice, Tracy and Cy Duvall, Nanette and Tom Lee, Anita Jo Sednek Amy and Jeff Ruxer, Marcia Sednek and Guy, Margaret and David Smith, Mary Wilson, three brothers and their spouses, Mike Sednek and Charlie Sednek, Johan Sednek and Elaine Sednek, Stephen F. Sednek, and special friends, Sam and Cheryl Burry. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Becky Newkirk Family Education Fund in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home   5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK, 74075. Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at

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