The beloved Mrs. Rebecca Woolridge affectionately known as Beck was the eighth child born to the late Willie Dinkins and Cornelia Parker Dinkins on November 12, 1934 in Rembert, SC. She peacefully departed this earthly life on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Northshore Hospital, Evanston, IL. She was educated in Sumter Public Schools then at the age of 17 she moved to Richmond, VA. where she met and later married her late husband Frank Woolridge in 1951.
In 1956, they moved to Evanston, Il where their family grew to include six daughters. During this time, she began a career at Aaron's Control. She later took a break from the workforce but eventually took a job at Avon Products where she retired after 15 years of service. She accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and Savior and was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston, IL. Growing up she was taught the importance of family, how to be selfless and look out for others. To give your last to make sure that no one went without and to ensure that everyone around you was ok. She was the embodiment of these traits until her final day on this earth.
This is who she was. She often pushed through sickness and pain to make sure everyone else was ok because that is what made her happy. Even in the midst of the storms she fought tirelessly to give to others. She taught us to cherish the ones we love and to never forget those family members that came before us. Rebecca Dinkins Woolridge was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother in law. There's not one person who has met Beck that had not felt her beautiful loving spirit and wasn't a recipient of her undeniably giving heart. She drew strangers to her who enjoyed talks about her beautiful array of flowers that she passionately loved and took care of as if they were her own children.
Her door was always open, and her phone number never changed so that she was always there for us. With this, she always had a story to tell, a reflection of her life experience, a lesson to let you know to appreciate what you have. To be grateful. She fed countless people often staying up all night to prepare enough food for an army. It seemed like you could smell the aroma of good southern cooking a block away from her home as you eagerly anticipated indulging in one of Mom's, Beck's, Becky or Aunt Beck's dishes and you anxiously prepared for your fight over who gets to take home one of her famous Sweet Potato Pies. One thing for sure, she always made sure you never left empty handed. She will truly be missed.
There are many people left to cherish her memories: One brother Henson Dinkins (Joyce) of Sumter, SC.; Four daughters, Lavinia Woolridge of Kansas City, KS., Connie Woolridge and Laverne Woolridge of Evanston, IL., Beverly Bell (Ved) of Zion Il, Fransinna Powell (Tommie) of Beach Park, IL. Three Bonus Children; Frankie Brawner, Marsha Brawner and Michele Ranger; Six Grandchildren; Jamal, Ved II, Ryan, D'Rell, Asha, Symone, Tyler and Justus. Five Great Grandchildren; Jordan, OJ, Raniya, Noah and Kiley. A host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank, daughter Barbara Irving; five sisters: Carrie Loyd, Julia loyd, Eva Loyd, Anna Burnley, Glorena Dingle and Rena Stuckey; five brothers: Arthur Dinkins, John Dinkins, Allen Dinkins, Daniel Dinkins and Henry Dinkins.
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