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July 27, 1924 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old
Rebecca Ziska 99, of Urbana, IL. went to be with the Lord on November 29, 2023. She was born on July 27, 1924 in Lancaster, South Carolina, the daughter of Ralph and Nannie Beckham.
Becky attended Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a master’s degree in botany. During this period, she met her husband, Bill. Together they moved to Champaign to further his education at the University of Illinois.
Her love of animals and nature led Becky to financially support conservation causes. She also volunteered for many years working with David Monk for prairie restoration, something she had a great passion for. She enjoyed spending time with her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Becky is survived by her daughters; Veronica (Champ) Walker, Bonita (Tim) Millikan, son; W. Byron Ziska, grandchildren; Christopher (Annie) Walker, Eric Walker, Stephanie (Mike) Slade, Jacob Ziska, great grandchildren; Ruthie Walker and Elijah Slade.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister; Hazel Kimrey, husband; G. William Ziska Jr., and children; W. Anthony Ziska and Michelle Ziska.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be made in her name to the Champaign County Humane Society.
Visitation will be held on Thursday December 7th, 2023, from 12-1pm with a service following at 1pm at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center 710 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL. 61820
Becky will be interred at Locust Grove Cemetery in Philo, IL.
Please join her family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com