Becky Yencich Ablett

Becky Yencich Ablett

Rebecca Mejin Yencich Ablett was beloved by all who knew her. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Becky was raised in DeWitt, Michigan by loving parents alongside her older brother. A loving wife, daughter, sister, niece, friend and “dog mom,” Becky was well-known for her acts of generosity and self-sacrificial love. To know her was to be blessed by her; she leaves a tapestry of beautiful memories woven through the hearts of all who loved her.

Becky was an artist of light and life. Her artwork bespeaks a deep well of insight, a perceptive eye for the beauty of the everyday, and a passion for others and the work of justice. She cultivated her art like she cultivated her garden, and she shared richly from both. She was well-known by family and her very wide circle of friends as someone to count on, someone who would give whatever she had to a friend in need. Her art, her hospitality, her love, her soul nourished the hearts of those she loved.

Becky’s life and relationships testify to her courageous advocacy for the marginalized and oppressed. May those who cherish her memory follow after her on the path of goodness and justice.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Private family burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in loving memory of Becky, to The Fledge, 1300 Eureka St., Lansing, MI 48912.

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Dechon Ryan
July 16, 2021 at 10:58 pm

I’ll never forget Becky. What a compassionate, effortlessly beautiful, talented woman. I’m so sorry to have lost her so early. She was real, not a character and not someone just going through the motions. It’s not often you meet someone like her, this loss is deep. I wish we could have had more time. <3

Ruth Ann Mckean
July 17, 2021 at 8:05 am

Linda & Steve so sorry for your lost. I never met her but felt I knew her from the many times you talked about her. Our prayers are for you and your family.

Azrael Michael Hiers
July 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Becky was one of the best people that this world has ever been graced with.
I have always been of the belief that in a room full of candles, if one is extinguished, there surely is less light.
Her candle burned with a much a brighter light than others, and the loss of that light will be noticed for the rest of our days, but her memory will always be a beacon for those whose lives she touched.

We all loved her dearly, some more than others.
I extend my deepest condolences for her parents, her partner’s, and all of our loss.

DENNY Hutchins
July 18, 2021 at 2:41 am

When I was in the hospital Becky kept in contact with me. When I got home Becky brout a picture she drew and a beautiful quilt Becky’s mother made for me. Then she brought some food for me. I love you Becky miss you so much.

Laura Lazet
July 18, 2021 at 6:37 pm

Dear Linda, So very sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the heartache you face. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.

Linda Yencich
July 19, 2021 at 7:46 am

We were surrounded by the most beautiful people yesterday. Guessing over 200-225 folks came to say goodby to Becky. She dearly loved and was deeply loved by so many good people. They openly shared their tears, and hugs and Becky memories. Bravely standing at the podium, one story after another poured out of hearts that will ache for more of Becky’s smile, her genuine laughter that pulled us into her joy, her sharing of her abundant home made food all around Lansing, her amazing art and her real, nurturing love. She was a treasure in Lansing with a passion and huge heart for social justice. We will forever love her and keep hold of her love and light as a path to follow in this life. She would want us to, “be grateful, be humble, be patient, be kind.” She was Our Sunshine.

July 19, 2021 at 7:48 pm

Praying for you and your family and friends. Hoping there is comfort in happy memories and bountiful love.

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

July 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

One of Becky’s many gifts of love was her desire to feed people good, healthy, home made food. It was one of her Love languages . Another of her Love languages was making and sharing her art.
It’s no surprise that when she was a little girl she whole heartedly helped make breakfast bags for the Carnival Workers when they came into town each year for the DeWitt Ox Roast.
Becky was fully devoted to any “giving project” that she chose to do.
There she was, this little girl of maybe eight, nine, and ten years old, taking her summertime days to decorate a few dozen paper lunch bags. We filled them with muffins and juice boxes, and always a letter of appreciation for all their hard work during the carnival. The letter told them they were loved, especially loved by Jesus.
Our precious, giving, loving little Becky walked with me from trailer to trailer and to sleeping cubbies within the rides. It was very early, before the Carnival Workers had awakened. Becky set the bags on stoops and picnic tables and near the rides, along with a few donated Bibles placed here and there.

On this past Sunday, we listened to many other stories of how Becky had fed people around Lansing during the quarantine and how she was the originator of the FB group for “Lansing Food Sharers. “
From a very young age, it was through her good works when she felt the most alive.
It may be in our good works too, towards people, that will keep Becky’s passion and legacy living on.

Keep your heart open to ways to be genuinely kind. Just as important, remember to occasionally take some time to make and share and enjoy good food, and to notice and appreciate the beauty of nature around you….and I hope you feel the love that you need to feel that day.

Claretta Freeman
July 26, 2021 at 1:02 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Yencich family. I remember hanging out with Becky at Blacksoil. She was funny and sweet. I’m sorry I am so late at paying my respect.


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