Becky Wilson

June 15, 2022

Becky Wilson, 76, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the Taylor House in Des Moines.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Steve Heerema, pastor of the Newton Church of the Way, officiating. The visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:00 am at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. A luncheon will follow at the Elks Lodge in Grinnell.

Memorials may be designated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with her family online at

Rebecca Mildred Downey was born the daughter of Keith and Dorothy (Gross) Downey on December 19, 1945, in Grinnell, Iowa. She was raised in Grinnell and graduated from Grinnell High School with the class of 1964.

On August 1, 1970, Becky was united in marriage to Dennis Wilson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple was blessed with a son, Brian. Becky was employed at GTE in Grinnell for ten years and then worked in the cafeteria at Grinnell schools for over 20 years and later worked at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance in the cafeteria. She was a member of the Newton Church of the Way in Newton, Iowa.  Becky’s enjoyments were going on vacations, camping, playing cards with the boys, sewing, making crafts, baking cookies, riding bicycles, and attending her grandchildren’s school and sporting events.  She will be remembered for her fun-loving personality, for her kindness, for being a good friend to many, and for the strong love of her family.

Becky is survived by her husband, Dennis Wilson of Kellogg; her son, Brian Wilson of Montezuma, IA; her grandsons, Blake and Jace Wilson; her siblings, Charles (Jeana) Downey of Bettendorf, IA, Gary (Rebecca) Downey of Grinnell, Mary (Reg) Wells of Grinnell, Patsy (Fred) Ederer of Prairie Du Sac, WI; her brother-in-law, Keith Jack of Montezuma; and her sisters-in-law, Ronda Wilson and Jody (Bruce) Potter, both of Grinnell. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Vicki Jack in 2017; and her brother-in-law, Michael Wilson in 2014.