Vada Gray Boger Beck

Published 10:21 am Sunday, August 14, 2022

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Vada Gray Boger Beck, 97, of Salisbury, formerly of Mocksville, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at her home.

She was born July 31, 1925 in Davie County to the late Burley Alvin and Louise Potts Boger. Vada graduated from Mocksville High School in 1942, and Draughn Business College in Winston-Salem. After college, she worked for Wachovia Bank & Trust in Winston.

After five years as a stay-at-home Mother, she returned to work on Steve’s first day of school, dropping him off to begin work at Pennington Chevrolet Company in Mocksville where she worked for 22 years. Vada then went to work for Don Bowles, CPA during tax season, for over 30 years, until Covid struck in 2020.

She and Lewis enjoyed camping, volunteering and doing mission projects.  Together they managed the Lake Junaluska Campground every summer for 13 years. Winters were spent traveling south for Nomad group doing mission work.

Vada was very active in saving the old Cana School building, the first one room school house in Cana, NC that she attended herself, truly walking a mile to school.

Serving in various roles for the Davie County Homemakers, Vada was known far and wide for her expertise in cooking and baking. A special request from the Ruritan Club was made every year to serve their celebration dinners.

Vada was a faithful member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church. The Boger family has a rich history in that church dating back to 1859. She has served as secretary and treasurer of three growth phases in the Church.  She has a special love for United Methodist Women and worked faithfully on local District and Conference levels in the WNC Conference, traveling the country to represent the local club.

Every year selling pecans, Happy Home Vanilla Flavoring and sending shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse are just other examples of her faithfulness and service. A Storehouse for Jesus in Mocksville also appreciated her loving smile and years of service to the community. She gave tirelessly, loved friends, and family dearly and was an example to follow for her commitment and loyalty.

If I can help somebody as I pass this way – then my life shall not be in vain.

Vada will be missed by so many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Harry Lewis Beck on Feb. 12, 2011; and brothers, Ray Gwyn Boger and Edwin Boger.

Survivors include: a son, Steve (Sherry); grandchildren, Haley Hill, Drew Beck (Cassie); great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Weston and Isabella Beck; stepgrandchildren, Amy Hewitt, Jamie Earl Hewitt (Angie), Jill Hewitt; great-grandchildren, Cameron & Cassidy Hewitt; sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Leonard of Welcome; sisters-in-law, Ola Boger, Ivey Nell Boger, and Lib Beck; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Lambert Funeral Chapel with Rev. Darren Crotts officiating.  The service will be available to view on the Lambert Funeral Home website.  Interment will follow in Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Friends may come by Lambert Funeral Home from noon-5p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14 to pay respects.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: Davie Community Foundation, PO Box 546, Mocksville, NC 27028, Memo: Union Chapel UMC Cemetery Fund; or Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.