Mrs Nellie E. Becker (née Baumgardner)
Mrs Allen Oliver Becker (Nellie E. Baumgardner), 36, boarded the Titanic at Southampton. she was travelling with her children Ruth, Richard and Marion from Guntur, India to Benton Harbour, Michigan. Their ticket was #230136 and cost £39 (cabin F-4). Another child Luther Becker, had been born in Lima, Ohio in March of 1905 and died in Guntur, India on February 7, 1907.
Nellie Becker was married to a missionary stationed in India (Mr Allen Oliver Becker) and the children were sailing to America for treatment of an illness Richard had contracted in India.
Nellie was rescued along with Marion and Richard in lifeboat 11. She would later claim $2184.20 against the White Star Line for loss of property. Once in America, she and her three children settled in Benton Harbour, Michigan, until her husband's arrival from India the following year. Her personality was erratic after the sinking, she would cry whenever discussing the disaster. She became estranged from her younger daughter Marian. When Marian died in 1944, Nellie refused to attend her own daughter's funeral. Nellie died in 1961 and left her estate to her son Richard Becker who had not been entirely responsible financially, and left Ruth Blanchard out entirely. To add insult to injury, she named Ruth as executrix of the estate meaning that although she would get nothing from her mother, she was charged with the responsibility of seeing to it that her brother got everything.
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mrs Nellie E. Becker
Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease
Buried: Oakland Cemetery Princeton Illinois United States
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