Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Cumberland, RI, age 87, died Sunday, October 16, 2011 at her home in Silver Maples. She was born September 2, 1924 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Alfonso & Esther (Lundgren) Escarraz.
Violet was active in local churches, the American Baptist Church of Rhode Island and of U.S.A. She was an instructor in English as a second language, and at the Emerson School Intergenerational Program.
Violet did extended work with several adult learning groups, including the Adult Learning Institute of Chelsea, and with Women's Aglow. She enjoyed travel, including domestic and foreign mission trips and a trip around the world with Semester at Sea. At Silver Maples, she continued actively writing both poetry and prose.
On September 5, 1950, she married Paul E. Becker in Chicago, IL, and he survives. Other survivors include her sons, Dr. Carl B. (Akiko Ochiai) Becker of Kyoto, Japan, Glen (Joan Boisseau) Boisseau Becker of Harmony, FL; her daughter, Diane (Dwight) Lehman Wilson of Ann Arbor; three grandchildren, Rebecca Lehman, Jacob (Jennifer) Lehman, Benjamin Lehman; four step-grandsons, Kai, Rai (Nykia), Tai, and Mai Wilson; two great-grandsons, Jack and Joshua Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, October 22, 2:30 p.m. at Silver Maples of Chelsea, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. A private burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chelsea Faith in Action, the Scholarship Fund at Silver Maples of Chelsea, or Arbor Hospice. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.