Rebecca Rose “Becky” Naus

June 06, 1939 ‒ September 18, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: The best sound in the whole world was Becky Naus’ laughter. She loved to laugh and share a good joke, and delighted in being with her family enjoying a good time.

Becky passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 in her Weslaco, Texas home, surrounded by family. She was 76.

Born Rebecca Rose Wigton June 6, 1939 in Mansfield to parents Walter and Eleanor (Martin) Wigton, Becky remained an area resident most of her life. She worked 31 years as a full-time school bus driver and driver-trainer with Lexington Local Schools, and was named Regional School Bus Driver of the Year in 1993.

On May 3, 1954, she married Albert J. Naus and their 61 years of marriage were blessed with five children, nine grandchildren and wonderful stories of traveling. They began wintering in Weslaco, Texas in 1996 and made south Texas their permanent home in 2005.

Becky enjoyed knitting, sewing and quilting, and enjoyed passing down those talents to her daughters. Her interest in reading kept her nose in romance novels or Grisham novels most evenings.

Her family cherishes the memory of a wife, mother and grandma, who loved them and taught them the “right way” to do everything. They include her husband Al; their children Janet Appel of Weslaco, TX, Becky Sue & Ronald Bergmann of Ear Falls, Ontario, Canada, A. Kim Naus of Mansfield, Debra Youngberg of Mansfield, Connie Schultz & Mark Knox of Weslaco, Texas; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings Michael & Valerie Wigton of St. Joseph, MO, Sharon Ellis & James Gordon of Mansfield, Sarah & Daniel Hoar of Galloway, Susan & Philip Carroll of Prescott Valley, AZ, Timothy & Amy Wigton of Mansfield and Lisa & Debbie Cecil of Idaho Falls, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren and sons-in-law Kenneth Appel and Robert Youngberg.

The Naus family will receive friends Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pastor Nate Meiers will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

For contributions in her memory, make checks payable to American Cancer Society and bring or send to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Rebecca’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at

  • Jan – I never met you mom but over the years I feel that I have known her forever…..she taught you well to be a loving, caring daughter and friend. And over the years of our friendship I am proud to say that we have a friendship that I will always treasure……My prayers go out to you and your family….Ev

  • I have fond memories of Becky when we were growing up–always fun to visit with the big family of cousins. Our adult lives took us in different directions but those early experiences stay. I regret not being able to come to Ohio for the service but you are all in my heart and prayers.

  • Deb, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories always keep her close in your heart. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • As you all know your wife/Mom was quite a character. I still can remember her infectious laugh. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Know she is in a better place and one day you will see her again.

    I am Lloyd & Shirley Whitney’s oldest daughter.

    God bless you,

  • Deb…so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom! May all your memories serve as a comfort at this difficult time! Thoughts and prayers are sent your way! Sincere sympathy! Bonnie Palmer

  • I will never forget the best times ever in my childhood with your mom and dad in their beautiful homes. Your mom did so much for us and I loved learning from her. I am so grateful for the best memories . I will never forget her and loving everyone of you! I had so much fun Debbie and your brother was amazing to us and Connie so much fun and adorable. I loved that your older sisters loved my mom. I will pray always and when counting blessings your mom is such an important one. God gave us the blessing of family and the promise that families are forever. With many hugs, Love, Luann