Born 8-4-1947 -- Died 12-17-2005
Rebecca Jean Street (Becky) Beller, Highland School District's gifted and talented education coordinator, died Dec. 17, 2005, in a Little Rock hospital. She was 58.
Beller taught up until the day before her untimely death.
Beller, of Ash Flat, organized Highland's academic teams for interscholastic competition, including quiz bowl, chess and mock trial. Her highly successful teams consistently brought home championship tophies.
Rebecca Jean Beller was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Batesville, the daughter of Avondale Street and the late Eugene Street. She graduated from Cave City High School in 1965 and earned her bachelor's degree in education from the State College of Arkansas.
A dedicated and passionate educator, Beller taught in the Highland School District for 25 years. She taught home economics and social studies before being named the coordinator of Highland Gifted and Talented Education (HIGATE), a position she held for 11 years.
She also taught four years in Missouri.
Beller was the recipient of the KAIT Golden Ruler Award for excellence in teaching in 1997, and she was a member of the Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) board of directors.
Beller worked as a manager for the Arkansaw Traveller Dinner Theatre in the early years of its existence and was a charter member of both the Sharp County Historical Society and First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village.
An accomplished musician, Beller played piano and organ at several area churches. She enjoyed travel, arts and crafts, gardening, reading and especially spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Sam Beller; a stepdaughter, Josie Beller Harsson, and her husband, Gary; two sons -- John Beller and his wife, Ashley, and Justin Beller and his wife, Amanda; her mother, Avondale Street; three brothers -- Morris Street and his wife, Louann, Bruce Street and his wife, Heidi, and Scott Street and his wife, Christine; a sister, Judy Cooke; five grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled for Dec. 20 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 at First Methodist Church of Cave City, with a graveside memorial following at the Morris Cemetery near Pleasant Plains. Arrangements are being made through the Roller Crouch-McGee Funeral Home.
In tribute to Beller's admirable battle with breast cancer, as well as her lifelong love of books, her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Sharp County Library or any school library in Sharp County.
An online guestbook is at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ cavecity.