1927 - 2011
Becky Sumpter, 84, passed away Nov. 25, 2011 in her home at Bonita Creek, Ariz. She was born Jan. 17, 1927 to William Kenneth Compton Nourse and Emily Maud Nourse in Tucson, Ariz. As a young girl, Becky spent much of her time outside enjoying the variety of birds and animals and the diverse plant life the Sonoran desert had to offer. Being home-schooled, she had many hours each day to wander the land in the shadows of the Catalina Mountains.
Mrs. Sumpter attended the University of Arizona where she studied library science. During her early years of study she decided to take a nursing class and discovered her passion — taking care of people. World War II was raging and she joined the Cadet Nurse Corps program and became a registered nurse. Becky trained at St. Monica’s Hospital in Phoenix and, over the years, shared many amazing stories of “nursing in the old days.”
She married the love of her life, James Edwin Sumpter, in 1948. In 1957 they purchased the original Pyle ranch home at Bonita Creek just north of Payson. They became full-time residents in 1958 and cherished their rustic life until the very end.
After moving to Bonita Creek, Mrs. Sumpter continued her nursing at Pyle Memorial Hospital, now known as Payson Regional Medical Center. She absolutely loved nursing and genuinely cared about each patient. Mrs. Sumpter was a devoted wife and a loving mother who found the time to home-school her children, to assist with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, to attend her son’s sporting events, and to help out with Jim’s many barbecues and community service events.
Mrs. Sumpter will be remembered as an animal lover and as a caring, witty, intelligent, and resilient individual. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bill; and her loving husband, Jim. She leaves behind her son, Jim; daughter, Susie; son-in-law, Danny Escobedo; her grandchildren, Becca and Pablo; and many extended family members and friends who will always remember her.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S Westerly Rd., Payson. A reception to celebrate her life will immediately follow in the dining room.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to: Humane Society of Central Arizona, Building Fund, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.