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Amici Ad Astra: Becky Walstrom

Rebecca Sue (Hull) Walstrom , devoted wife, cherished sister, fun-loving aunt and treasured friend, left the troubles of this world behind on May 13, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of seventy-one years. Becky, as she was known to family and friends was born on April 6, 1948, in Eldon, Missouri, to Joseph Emil and Anna Lou Etter Hull.

As a young girl, Becky made a profession of faith in Christ. She was a Charter member of Southern Heights Christian Church in Lebanon. Becky spent her childhood in Lebanon, where she attended school. In 1965, she was Laclede County Fair Queen and later participated in the Miss Missouri Pageant. Becky graduated from Lebanon High School with the class of 1966. The friends she made were countless. Through the years, she kept in contact with many of them.

On September 3, 1967, Becky was united in marriage with the love of her life and eternal best friend Charles Edgar Walstrom. Becky and Charlie spent the next fifty-one years sharing laughter and multiple memories. They loved each other completely.

In 1974, Becky began working at Landau Boat Company. She was the Credit Manager and Purchasing Agent. Through her next four years of employment with Landau, she analyzed financial statements, ordered supplies and assisted with advertising.

In 1980, Becky became an Educational Research Assistant for University of Missouri-Rolla. She assisted with research studies, which were concerned with the environmental effects of students obtaining Federal or State funded grants. She conducted various studies with the students during her time at UMR, including social anxiety testing and Aging. Becky attended Drury College, where in 1981, she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She was on the Dean’s List and PsiChi Honor Society in Psychology. Also, that same year, Becky was nominated for Outstanding Young Women of America for professional achievement and community service.

Beginning in 1982, Becky began her career with University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL.) Through the years she has held various titles. She excelled at all of them. Becky was Senior Buyer for UMSL from 1982-1990. Beginning in 1990, she became the Senior Continuing Education Coordinator. Becky was also the Campus Coordinator of the Elderhostel Program and most recently, her passion was becoming the Executive Director of St. Louis Storytelling Festival. Preparation for the festival included Becky contracting with featured storytellers, establishing new festival locations, and negotiating hotel and food contracts, among many other things. The festival reached record levels of attendance under Becky’s direction, 20,000 men, women, and mostly children from all over the world participate, once a year in May. Becky was driven and goal oriented. She loved every minute of it. She was excited about life and thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and hearing their life story. Becky also attended University of Missouri-St. Louis and obtained a Masters Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Adult Education in 1998.

Although Becky was career driven, she also enjoyed moments of free time. She enjoyed tending to her garden, spending time with Charlie at the Lake of the Ozarks, and recently, she started playing golf. However, moments shared with her family are what she treasured most.

Becky is survived by her husband Charlie; one brother, Stephen Hull and his wife Cheryl of Lebanon, MO; two nephews, Matt Hull of Springfield, MO and Joe Hull and his wife Sarah of Chillicothe, MO; other relatives, many friends and dear co-workers.

She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents.

(Text from Becky's funeral literature)

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