Esther Mae Becker, 96, taught English in Ethiopia for 35 years with Eastern Mennonite Missions

By on June 29, 2016

Esther Mae Becker, 96, formerly of Lancaster Junction, Manheim, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz.

Born in Rapho Township, she was the daughter of the late Jacob E. and Mary Peters Becker.

Esther taught English for 35 years in Ethiopia under Eastern Mennonite Missions. She began in the School for the Blind, where she once met the Emperor Haile Selassie; spent many years in the Nazareth Bible Academy; and ended her career at the University of Addis Ababa.

In 1951, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia; and in 1964, Esther received her master’s degree in library science from Syracuse University, New York. She was a member of Kauffman’s Mennonite Church, Manheim, where she taught Sunday School. Esther was loved by folks around the world.

Surviving is a brother-in-law: Clayton R., husband of Martha Stahl Nissley, of Landis Homes; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters: Rachel Stoltzfus and Vera B. Nissley.

Services were held July 23 in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, Lititz. Interment was in Erisman Mennonite Cemetery, Manheim.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Esther’s memory to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543; or Eastern Mennonite Missions, P.O. Box 458, Salunga, PA 17538.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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