FIERCELY INDEPENDENT: Ellen Becker (80) moved around a lot but Biloela is where she lived the longest and called home.
FIERCELY INDEPENDENT: Ellen Becker (80) moved around a lot but Biloela is where she lived the longest and called home.

TRIBUTE: Community remembers Bec and her love for Biloela

ELLEN Becker, 'Bec', passed away on November 27 at the Biloela Hospital after being unwell with some health issues.

Bec and her husband Graham, originally from New Zealand, came to Australia in 1981.

They moved around Queensland for a few years, Graham always said he had "itchy feet".

Prior to settling in Biloela permanently they had lived there shortly in the early 80s.

When they moved back in the late 80s (about 1988) they settled in, bought a house and made Bilo home.

They opened Bec's Trading Post, (the writing is still on the side of the building), where Bec ran the shop and Father Bec (Graham) did the pick-ups, deliveries, etc.

Their saying was "Where the Red Flags Fly", so everyone knew the shop was open for business.

Bec loved the business, heart and soul.

They were always ready to help those who needed it, they donated to sporting clubs and got involved quietly in the community.

The store operated for more than 18 years and it was a true emporium of used goods.

Bec played guitar and sang and loved a good sing-a-long, music was one of her passions.

They would visit the RSL for a meal and to socialise.

In her retirement Bec grew her own vegetables and loved to watch a good mystery/crime show.

She doted on her grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Bec loved KFC lunches with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and played a mean game of Bocce in the backyard.

Bec was a keen baker and always made chutney/relish for Christmas, and delicious steamed puddings and cakes.

She loved to sit outside Simmos bakery and have a cappuccino to watch the town go by and have a chat if anyone happened by.

Bec was always fiercely independent, she called a spade a spade but would do anything for you if you were in need.


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