Becky Smith Johnson

Graveside services for former Cortez resident and current Vernal, Utah resident Becky Smith Johnson will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20 at Cortez Cemetery.

Visitation has been scheduled for Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Becky passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at the Uintah Care Center in Vernal. At the time of her passing, Becky bravely battled Huntington’s disease and cancer.

Becky was born in Vernal on Nov. 5, 1954 to George Smith Sr. and Mary Shevechick. She graduated from Sterling High School in Colorado in 1973. On April 21, 1974, Becky married Carlton R. Johnson in Cortez. They later divorced in 1992. She worked at Century 21, Toh Atin Art Gallery, TC Electric and Walmart. Becky made her home in Cortez until the Huntington’s made it difficult. In 2007 she moved to Vernal with her brother, George and sister-in-law, Christine Smith.

On Aug. 5, 2012 Becky was diagnosed with advanced cancer. In her free time, Becky enjoyed reading, anything to do with birds (hummingbirds were her favorite), and spending time with family and friends. She always had a smile for everyone.

Becky is survived by her daughters, Trudi McClain and Kelly (Mike) Marston of Cortez; her grandsons, Taylor and Taegan Marston of Cortez; her granddaughters, Payton Keith and AnnaLisa Abeyta of Cortez; her father, George (Phyllis) Smith Sr. of Rangely, Colo.; her brothers, George (Christine) Smith of Vernal, Mark (Cheri) Smith of Rangely; her sisters, Paula Smith of Sunset, Utah, Sharon (Bob) Box of Northglenn, Colo., and Missy (Mike) Harvey of Spring, Texas; and many other loving family members.

Becky was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Shevechick in 1973; and her aunt, Ann Gudac in 1997 who also suffered from Huntington’s disease.

Donations can be made in Becky’s name to HDSA/Rocky Mountain Chapter, 6545 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80032.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.