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.