Becky C. Lightle

Born: Wed., May 9, 1951
Died: Sun., Mar. 4, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 07, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Mar. 08, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Rebecca C. Lightle, age 66, of Pittsfield, IL passed away Sunday, March 04, 2018 at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, IL.  She was born on May 9, 1951 to Hubert & Louisa Vollmer Cripe in Beardstown, IL.  Becky married Mike Lightle on August 27, 1977 at the United Methodist Church in Pittsfield and he survives.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; two sons, Aaron (Pam) Lightle of Hannibal, MO and Matthew (Rachel) Lightle of Springfield, IL; grandchildren, David Lee Lightle, Kelsey Nichole Lightle, and Hailey Renee Lightle; a brother, Roy (Virginia) Cripe of Downers Grove, IL; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Booher of Quincy, IL and Jane Lightle of Auburn, IL; brother-in-law, Earl Lightle of Springfield, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Bob Booher.

Becky graduated from VIT High School near Vermont, IL in 1969.  She went on to attend Western Illinois University, where she majored in Music and minored in English.  Becky graduated from WIU with a Bachelor's Degree in 1974.  Soon after, she began her first and only teaching job at the Griggsville Perry School District, where she retired from after 36 years of shaping young minds. Becky was a member of the Pittsfield First Christian Church.  She was an amazing cook, but also a foodie, and she and Mike enjoyed travelling around the area trying out new restaurants together.  She also loved riding on Mike's Harley with him.  Becky was a bookworm and also liked to do crossword puzzles.  She had quite the green thumb and enjoyed birdwatching, naming each type of bird she saw.  Above all, Becky especially loved her boys and her grandchildren.  

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Michael TenEyck officiating.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to be made to an education fund for Becky's grandchildren.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Becky's memory to the following organization:

Grandchildren's Education Fund

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Les and Donna Davis
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
She sure will be missed by her family. We were looking forward to taking motorcycle rides and looking for good places to eat with she and Mike this summer. Prayers for your family. Thinking of lots of childhood cousin memories this week and forever. Donna and Les Davis

Theresa Price
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
All my prayers for all the family! Becky was a beautiful lady and will be missed.

Tina Batterton
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
So sorry for loss of such a great lady. I'm blessed to have gotten to know her and spend time with Becky and her family these past several months. I share your sorrow. God Bless Becky and her family.

Meagan (Smith) Scranton
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
My deepest sympathies go out to your family. Mrs. Lightle was a one of a kind teacher that was able to connect and inspire each student she came in contact with. She pushed all of us in her class to achieve greatness. My time spent with her in the library is where I developed my love of reading. I am truly sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during your time of grieving.

Sarah (Johnson) Showalter and Mitchell Showalter
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Admittedly I did not know Becky well, except through her son, Matt, and my brother Adam--my two favorite "El Dara's". I do know that Matt is kind, intelligent, hardworking, and full of good humor, which is a direct reflection of excellent parents. Becky was always smiling when we did see one another, likely from the well earned pride for her children. She will be missed and my prayers go out the the Lightle family.

Stephanie Lindsay
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
What a bright light in everyone's day! Becky was a wonderful person who was friendly to everyone she met. I feel blessed to have known her not only on a personal level, but also on a professional level. She was well-respected and loved by her "school family" throughout the years. Her obituary picture typifies Becky's personality; this is how I will always remember her...smiling and laughing. She will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Susie (Mayall) Bucher
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Becky was in my class, hadn't seen her for years, was sure a pleasant person to be around. Prayers to her family during this difficult time.

Marilyn Biesenthal
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Sorry for the loss of your wife,mother and grandma. She was a great friend and we will miss her.

Terry A. Robertson
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
I was fortunate to have worked with Becky for 10 years early in my career as an educator and coach at Griggsville CUSD #4. Becky was always cheerful and upbeat and had the best interests of her students at heart. I am also familiar with the Cripe family in Fulton County, IL. My heartfelt condolences to the family and her "education family".

Mark Johnson
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
My brother and I are friends of Matt's and have known his mother for years from afternoons spent at each other's homes, sleepovers, and even several family reunions that Adam and I were invited to join.

She always welcomed us into her home, and it was an absolute pleasure to have known her. I am heartbroken and feel your incredible loss. Please know that all of us in the Johnson Family are here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out for anything you may need.

Don Lowe
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Mike, Arron, Mathew and Roy, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your extended family. I was fortune enough to know Becky in the beginning when she started dating Mike and was lucky enough to call her my friend. I loved her like she was family and to me she was family. May she RIP with her parents and may your sorrow be short and the memories live on forever in everyone's heart that knew her.

Catharine A Reavley
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
I loved working with Becky at Griggsville. She was truly was a special person - I'll never forget her help and kindness while I was starting my teaching career.

Tim Main
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
I am sorry for your loss.

Cissy Stiles
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Karen Ideus
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Becky and I go back to our first summer semester at W.I.U. We lost track of each other until I read where she had taken a job in Griggsville. We reunited and stayed in touch as her first son and my girls were in the same class. Later I had both her boys in junior high. She was so much fun to be with, and always had a smile on her face. So sorry for your loss, Mike, and your two sons. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

Mary and JD Stewart
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Matt and family: We are so sorry for your loss of your mom-prayers for you and your family.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Mike, Aaron, Matt with all your families,
I am so sincerely sorry to learn of your loss. I did not know Becky well, but any and all I have ever read or heard of her couldn't express her any better. She looks so happy in this picture. I don't know if you boys will remember me as a Sunday school teacher at First Christian in Pittsfield. Mike, I knew then your boys were from a loving family. Now boys, I see you are following those footsteps. I read of her many talents but above all the example she set in loving her family and so many students during her long career is to be praised.
God Bless you all with comfort and peace. Bonnie

Jocko Crowder
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Mike and family-
So very sorry for your loss. May The Lord keep and comfort you all in this your time of sorrow.

Julie Horath
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018

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Paul & Janie
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Mike know that we are thinking of, we are here if you need us.

Paul & Janie Ransom

Janice Rudecki
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to Becky's family at this difficult time. Becky was a sweet, kind, generous person and will be missed by all. I'm glad I got to spend some time with her.

Barbara Miller
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Our family loved Becky-- she was a delightful person and a good friend. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Barb Miller

Wally Smart
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Mike and the brother just phoned me with this news and all I can say is that I am so sorry to hear about Becky's passing. Sad indeed and way too young. I know that she will be missed. We are sorry we cannot be there for you, tonight or tomorrow at the service. I do hope to see you during my next trip to Pike. Take care, Mike.

Janice Ritchart
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. Becky was truly one beautiful lady and she will be sorely missed. I would have loved to come to the funeral, but we are leaving town today and we won't be back until Monday. Please accept my condolences and I will visit with you soon.

Jody Collins
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Becky was a wonderful teacher, colleague, and friend. I enjoyed her enthusiasm when I was a student of hers at Griggsville. After college, I returned to Griggsville where I became a colleague with Becky. She was fun loving and had a sweet smile. I am glad for her friendship and example that she was to not only myself but others as well. She will be greatly missed.

Adam & Carrie Johnson
   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the Lightle family at this time. During what has become a very long and close friendship with Matt, getting to know this family has been a privilege. Especially Becky. What a wonderful person. She was never short on laughs and always welcomed me (and the rest of Matt's buddies) with an open heart. It was an honor knowing Becky. We pray for God's blessing over the whole Lightle family. Much love and peace to you all.
Adam & Carrie J.

Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Darwin and Lisa Feenstra

Jay Waters
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
It was with shock and sorrow that I heard of Becky's passing. She was a good person and a great classmate at VIT. It was so nice seeing her at class reunions. My prayers are with her and her family. My deepest sympathy.

Kimberly Bush
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Mike, Matt, and Aaron,
So sorry about your loss. I often reference your wife/mother when someone compliments me on my writing skills. She was a dedicated teacher with high standards which she taught her students well.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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