Belva passed away suddenly on December 25th, 2017 surrounded by family. She was born at home in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 27, 1937 to Mary Belle and Nephi Ashford. She is survived by her son Bruce Morrow, granddaughter Beatrice Morrow, brother Steve Ashford, sister-in-law Joann, nieces Renee, Stephanie and Robin, nephews Michael and Troy, Beatrice’s mother Christy and family, great nieces and nephews along with great-great nieces and countless friends. She was preceded in death by son Baxter Morrow and husband Bill Becker.
Everyone loved her for her cheerful disposition and positive perspective. She was recognized for her sassy hair, numerous hats and impeccable style. Her love of life was contagious, and she rarely found situations worthy of worry. She maintained her faith and love of life with whatever came her way. Belva was impressed with the grandness of Mount Everest and equally delighted with wild flowers along the highway.
Planning the next adventure was always high on her to do list. She was a passionate traveler and visited over 125 countries. Her travels were documented through journals, photos, and keepsakes. She went around the world three times with her lifelong travel friend Jerri. In July 2017 she spent time with her beloved granddaughter Beatrice in Paris. A memory she cherished and loved sharing with people.
After graduating from Sunset High School here in Dallas she worked at the phone company, but later transitioned to what would be a full career in the fashion industry. She started with Howard Wolf Inc., later leaving to establish Becker Morrow Inc. – a global manufacturer representative of couture fashion lines. Belva served on the Dallas Apparel Mart board during her time in the fashion world encouraging numerous young designers into the industry.
Belva was committed to her community through volunteering and contributions. She volunteered at the Arboretum and other local charities. As an original homeowner in Bryan’s Place she lived there for over 37 years. As a member of Friends of Exall Park she donated a sculpture (by Brad Oldman) of a large, lovable owl, titled Whimsy. She found joy in all that was whimsical in the world, and in turn inspired others to find it too!
We will celebrate her life on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Chapel downtown at 12:00 PM. Burial following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stewpot, “thestewpot.org”.