Junavae Darling Beck, 82, of Tekamah NE

Junavae Darling Beck was born to Roy and Evalyn (Darling) Ayer June 19, 1934 on their farm in Cuming County, Nebraska. She passed away April 20, 2017 at Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah, Nebraska, at the age of 82 years.

Early on, she attended the same country school as her father, District #33 in Cuming County. She attended high school in Lyons; later receiving her G.E.D. Junavae was confirmed into the Presbyterian Church in Lyons. While in the 8th grade, the family moved to the Bertha area and attended the Divide Center Church. When they moved to Tekamah, they joined the Presbyterian Church there.

On August 7, 1951 she married Charles Darl Beck on the family farm at Bertha. In 1975 they moved to Tekamah. Steven, Jim, Chuck, Bonnie, and Roger were born to this union. Over the years she worked at the bakery in Lyons, Crest Café in Oakland, Oakland Hospital, Tekamah Motors, Green Thumb in Blair, and cleaned houses and businesses in Tekamah.

Junavae greeted everyone with a smile and never met a stranger. Her faith and love for her grandchildren were limitless. Her greatest joys in life were serving her church and keeping track of her grandchildren. She was always finding ways to be a part of her grandkids’ lives. Whether it was a competitive game of Rummycube, a bedtime story, a bucket of homemade caramel corn, or a ride around town to look at Christmas lights; there was always fun to be had with Grandma June.

Junavae moved to the Tekamah Care and Rehab Center in March 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul; husband, Charles Darl; and special friend, Loren Hood.

She is survived by her five children, Steven (Diane) Beck of Ellsworth, NE, Jim (Pam) Beck of Tekamah, Chuck (Nic) Beck of St. Paul, NE, Bonnie (Darwin) Nielsen of Clay Center, NE, Roger (Rosalyn) Beck of Sioux City, IA; brother, Richard (Nancy) Ayer of Elkhorn, NE; sisters, Judy Anthony of Ralston, NE and Margo Curtis of Ft. Wayne, IN; 18 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Sunday April 23rd
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will receive friends from 3-5 pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church.


Monday April 24th
10:30 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Tekamah1318 K Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Cemetery Details


Tekamah Cemetery

Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Memorial Contribution



1318 K Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Junavae Beck

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