Rebecca Romaine Bennetch Floyd, 71, of Potter Township, Beaver County died January 30, 2023 from health complications during the fourth occurrence of brain cancer (PCNS lymphoma).
She was born December 7, 1951 in Millbach Springs, to the late J. Henry and Martha Mock Bennetch. She graduated from Eastern Lebanon County High School as valedictorian and Clarion State College with a bachelor of science in mathematics. Becky was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Schaefferstown. As an adult she was an active member of North Branch Presbyterian Church, Monaca, where she was an ordained elder, sometime Sunday school teacher, handbell choir member, and eventually was convinced to serve as a deacon. She loved to sew and still had plans for stored bargain fabric remnants purchased when working at JoAnn Fabric in the 70s. She was elected property tax and school tax collector for Potter Township, which is how she got to know all her neighbors, even those who thought they were voting for her mother-in-law. She volunteered with many groups including Beaver County 4-H, Potter Township Ladies Auxiliary, ACS Munch Bunch, and as a Center Area hockey mom & band parent. Her life’s work was caring for family and tending the farm with her husband Phil. They were charter members of the Beaver County Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. She served on the market board for many years and particularly enjoyed arranging newspaper, billboard, and radio advertising for the farmers’ markets. She specialized in growing squash, peppers, and herbs. Becky loved zucchini and encouraged everyone to try new varieties when the seeds were small, and the skin was tender. Her beautiful displays of produce tempted you into buying more than was on the shopping list. She described far more recipes to customers than she had time to make during busy summer months. Her apple pie was legendary both for the height of the stacked filling and the rarity that she had time to bake one. After Phil retired, they worked harder and more than ever on the farm, but also had time to learn ballroom dancing, go on cruises, and take road trips to explore the entire length of route 6 in Pennsylvania. She would be embarrassed by this lengthy obituary and annoyed by grammatical errors that she wasn’t there to prevent. In memory of Becky pick up litter, pull weeds, sing out an apropos lyric wherever you are, read a story aloud to a child, send interesting newspaper articles to your siblings, solve a crossword puzzle with someone you love, bake a pie, count days when the sun has shone brightly enough to cast a shadow (even for a minute), drink a cup of coffee on the porch, listen to a friend, be generous with your heart and time, smile. Becky is survived by her husband of 50 years, Philip Douds Floyd, her children: David (Meagan) Floyd of Shrewsbury, Pa., with her dearly loved granddaughter, Lily Ann, and Kathryn (Curt Collins) Floyd of Aliquippa; her brothers and sisters: John H. (Debra) Bennetch of Virginia, Jean (Eddie) Rowe of Schaefferstown, Pa., Lydia (John) Dierwechter of Newmanstown, Pa., James (Dot) Bennetch of Pa.; her sisters-in-law: Christie (Jim) Floyd-Gabel, Laurie (Dave) Fletcher.
Friends will be received at SIMPSON FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca, on Thursday February 2 nd from 2-4PM and 6-8PM; funeral service will be at North Branch Church on Friday February 3 rd at 11:30AM with luncheon to follow. Donations may be made to North Branch Church or another
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