Rebecca “Becky” Enberg, 88, of Eureka, passed away April 24, 2021 with her family by her side. She lived a full and wonderful life.

Becky was born November 18, 1932 to Marvin East and Elizabeth (Dukes) East in Eureka. In 1938, her mother married Lloyd Roberts, a sheep rancher in Petrolia. Becky was eternally grateful for the life he provided her and her siblings. She loved the Mattole Valley, where she grew up, and joined the Mattole Valley Historical Society to help preserve the history.

Becky attended elementary school in Petrolia and Ferndale High, and eventually graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1949. In those 11 years, having skipped 5th grade, she never missed a day of school and received many awards.

Becky married Kenneth Smith and the couple had three daughters. When they divorced, she began working for the Humboldt County District Attorney Family Support Division. She loved her job, and took pride in her work. She retired after 28 years of service.

Becky married the love of her life, Roy Enberg, in 1977. Their adventures were many; traveling via motorcycle and car with dear friends all over the United States. They both loved to dance and were simply amazing to watch.

Through the years she was an avid hunter, traveling as far as Canada for deer, elk, caribou and wild boar. She consistently volunteered at the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop, often bringing her grandchildren with her when they visited. She also volunteered at the Jazz festivals, elections, Stand Down, and accompanied many Veterans on the Honor Flight Tour of the Wall in Washington, D.C.. She was a member of the Elk’s Lodge, Moose Lodge, Swiss Club, Mattole Valley Historical Society, Humboldt Pioneers, H.E.R.O.’s, Friendship Club, and Retread Motorcycle Club. She loved to garden, sew, knit, crochet, embroider, paint china, weave pine needle baskets and work jigsaw puzzles. She donated many handmade items for charity fundraisers and entered her work in the Humboldt County Fair, always a ribbon winner.

Becky was predeceased by her loving husband of 31 years in 2008, her mother, father, step-father and siblings: Albert Lockwood, Katherine Chenoweth, Douglas East, Lloydene Wines, and her step-daughter Kim (Enberg) McLaughlin. She is survived by her three daughters: Karen Willenberg (Tuolumne, CA), Tracy Maher (Bella Vista, CA), Ronda Hatcher (Eureka, CA), six grandchildren: Shane Jordan, Brad Hooper, Melanie Hooper, Jenner Maher, Courtney Rodes, Emily Willenberg; two step-grandchildren: Jodi Franchi and Ross Burns; eleven great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.


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