Rebecca Sue (Chandler) Mogensen


Rebecca Sue (Chandler) Mogensen, 63, known to most as Beckie, of rural Atchison, KS, died May 12, 2018.

Beckie was born on March 1, 1955 at Neosho Memorial Hospital in Chanute, KS, the daughter of Clark C. and Verta (Chapman) Chandler.

Beckie’s childhood was spent on the family farm in Woodson County, KS, which was homesteaded by her great grandparents. The house was built by her grandfather, Ed Chandler. She attended grade school in a three-room rural schoolhouse (Perry) and graduated from High School at Yates Center, KS in 1973. Doing chores on the farm began her development of a love for all animals, especially dogs. In the Kansas City area she worked for Pet’s for Life and Critter Sitters.

Her working career began at an assembly plant, H. K. Porker, in Chanute, KS. She also worked as an Auditor at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Topeka, KS before she found her true passion in the travel industry, where she worked for over thirty years. Jobs included Security at Forbes Field, and customer service for Capital Airlines, Air Midwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and CWT Sato Travel on Fort Leavenworth Army Post.

Beckie had a never-ending passion for travel and enjoyed trips to countless places around the world to enjoy the beauty of God’s creations on Earth, never finding a destination she did not wish to explore. Her “top ten” most memorable and favorite destinations were: Brazil, Iceland, Virgin Gorda, Switzerland, Hawaii, Aruba, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Portugal, and Virgin Islands, and she also enjoyed countless others. Her other hobbies included photography, stamp and coin collecting, cake decorating, and crocheting which kept her smiling in her spare time.

Beckie was married in May 1989 to Ray Mogensen for ten years. Their travels included several trips to California to visit his five children.

Beckie was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church where she enjoyed the fellowship, studying God’s word, and being with her church family.

After the loss of her father and the diagnosis of post-polio, she became active in the Out of the Darkness walks organized by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and completed ten overnight walks of 18-20 miles each. Beckie’s passion to be a voice continued after her diagnosis of Breast Cancer in 2012. Team SOLOS brothers and sisters became her strength and spirit completing the overnight walks from sunset to sunrise making a big difference in her life and so many others.

Beckie endured a courageous 6 year battle with inflammatory breast cancer. She wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff that helped her through radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and hospice care. And words cannot express the gratitude to Leonard Lewis for his wonderful care and sharing of a compassionate place to live during her battle.

Survivors include one sister Vickie Elliott and her husband Gary of Kansas City, MO; two nephews Chad Elliott and fiancé Amelia Ellensworth, and Clinton Elliott and fiancé Sara McKinley and a great nephew and niece Clinton Jr. and Stella Elliott, all of Kansas City, MO. Her parents preceded her in death.

Beckie was taken for cremation under the care of Cremation Center of Kansas City. No funeral service. Private inurnment will take place at a later date with friends Wendy Brodrick of Marietta, GA, and Brian Pavelka of Atlanta, GA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, checks made out to AFSP, mailing address 120 Wall Street, 29th floor, New York, NY 10005.


  1. Dennis Minzes on October 11, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Beckie was a wonderful person. She was involved in suicide prevention and related programs. She honored my son by carrying his name”Christopher” during the AFSP memory walks. It was my privilege to know her and call her my friend. Rest in peace Beckie.
    Dennis Minzes

  2. Joyce. Coy on May 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Beckie was my lifelong friend and I have many wonderful memories of our time spent together. I miss her greatly but I know she’s at peace in God’s hands. She loved the Lord with all of her heart and was a walking testimony to the strength and peace He provided during her hardest struggle in life.

  3. Winona Lee on May 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I knew Beckie through a water fit class at the Platte City YMCA, she was such a sweet gal, a pleasure to know her. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all.

  4. Kay Andrew Benton on May 17, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I am so glad your battle is finally over and you are at peace with Our Lord Jesus. The few times I saw you as I passed thru some airport while living in California you were the sweetest face in the crowd and I knew immediately you were Vickies sister. Vick and I have practically been sisters for 50 years and I have followed all of the many adventures you had and our love for rescue and later our shared interest in Suicide Prevention. I was happy to help in your cause and later marvelled at your attitude about Cancer and your ability to carry your burden so courageously. I will miss YOU Beck and I am here for Vickie now as she battles her own cancer. This has not been an easy year for the both of you but know I am here beside your sis and know she was devastated to see you go.
    Rest in peace dear lamb of God and enjoy your home at the farm, back where you ran and played. Your friend, Kay

  5. Bill Hanes on May 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I worked with beckie at airmidwest in Kansas city. She was a truly amzing person and will be missed.

  6. Chesley J Belcher on May 16, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I had the privilege of knowing Becki through Park Hill Baptist Church. She exhibited great strength in her battle with cancer. Beckie loved others and always chose to encourage and celebrate life’s special moments. I will miss her greatly, but know that she is with Jesus.

  7. William Curry on May 16, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I had heard that Beckie had cancer and I’ve prayed for her for years. I was saddened to learn of her passing. I stiill pray for her and you have my most sincere condolences on her passing. Rest in peace Beckie.

  8. Nathan Carriker on May 16, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I remember Becky from my work as a pilot with Air Midwest. She was the most UNFAILINGLY pleasant and hard-working, and one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. When you talked with her, you could just feel the warmth and goodness of her soul. I know if there’s a Heaven, she’s in it, and this world is just another shade more fallen without her in it. Rest well, Becky. You did GOOD!

  9. Phyllis davison on May 16, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Becky you will be missed I wish I could have talked to you we kinda lost contact but I’m do glad I met her.we worked for the same airline. You are pain free now Becky. Rest in peace my friend.

  10. Russell Palmer on May 15, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Beckie was always a pleasure to work with, very professional yet fun loving. She always had a smile on her face. I treasured her down home personality and admired her courageous battle with cancer. So glad she dedicated her life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I will miss her friendship.

  11. Wendy Brodrick on May 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Vickie, Gary, Chad and Clinton – My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. She fought ‘C’ like no one I have ever known before. She faced this horrible disease with courage and determination and because of her strong will she beat the odds for more years than the doctors ever thought possible. She will be missed by so many, but I am confident we will be reunited again one day. Until that time, I know she is smiling upon and watching over all of us!!! May God bring comfort and peace to each of you over the coming days and weeks. Love, Wendy Brodrick

  12. Linda Mogensen on May 15, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Beckie was like a breath of fresh air; the most giving person I know. I loved her and Gary and I are so happy she’s with our Lord, happy and pain free.

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