Wagner, Becky Annell

March 8, 1950 - December 31, 2014

Growing up in Fort Worth, I thought that anything that happened in the Texas panhandle was of no importance to me. About the time that I was joining the Boy Scouts, a little dust devil spun up in Plainview, Texas on March 8, 1950 named Becky Annell Ashton.  A mischievous little whirlwind but filled with love, respect and compassion for anyone caught in her winds. In her early years, she swirled her antics and love through Plainview, Floyada and Lockney.   After graduating from Lockney High School and with a Miss Plainview title in hand, she blew onto the campus at Texas Tech. Whirlwinds tend to join forces  at times and spring apart at other times.  While at Texas Tech,  Annell’s whirlwind collided with another known as William E. (Bill) Campbell.  They combined their winds and created three amazing children in Cori, David and Brian who in turn created grandchildren Lauren, Preston, Kylie, Jaden and one due in July.  But that Campbell/Ashton whirlwind spun apart with Annell and Bill traveling in different directions.  Annell, as a single mom dedicated her life to her children making sure they were grounded in her Christian faith, her work ethic, her respect for everyone she met but most of all in the love she spread to everyone who felt her winds.  She successfully encouraged her children to complete their college educations and she put her approval on their choice of spouses: Jaye, Laura and Eren.  She did all this while never losing her ability to enjoy and appreciate the fun things in life. She also was blessed with two older sisters, Pat and Karen.

In 1989, I met Annell and was immediately caught up in her whirlwind as she swirled me into her life.  We spent 25 years enjoying a love that could overcome any obstacle. A love based on total respect and trust.  We enjoyed doing anything and everything together.  We took many trips and had wonderful adventures which we referred to as To-Nell Adventures. She allowed me to share in her incredible zest for life.  It was and still is an honor and privilege for me to be a part of her family and come to love her children and grandchildren as my own.  Through our love, I became a better man, a better husband and a better Christian.  As we celebrate her ascension into Heaven, please enjoy the enormous legacy of love that she leaves for us to share.

To my Sweet Annell, only we know how complete our love was for each other.  I will continue to be the man you helped me to become so that I can be sure of continuing our adventures in Heaven. I know that you chose the 31st so you could pretend all the celebrations and national fireworks were for you. I just pray that God will know how to handle you as you spin into his care.

Ryan Wagner
January 05, 2015


A service in honor of Becky Annell Wagner will be held at 3:00 p.m. on January 5th 2015 at the Custer Road United Methodist Church 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas 75023. 


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

5 replies on “Wagner, Becky Annell”

Diane and SandyStaley says:

RIP our sweet friend Annell. We had such a wonderful experience knowing and being in your whirl wind. We will always cherish those memories.


Diane and and Sandy Staley

Barbara Bullock says:

Ryan, what a beautiful tribute to Annell! The whirlwind description SO describes her. I want to thank you for taking such good care of her during all her illnesses, but most of all for loving her as she deserved.

Cori, David, Brian, you are very privileged children to be reared by your loving mother. I pray that each of know the depth of her love for you and the grandchildren. She was very special to me too. I know she is at peace and no more pain & suffering I’m sad, but not for her – for all of us that loved her!

Becky Butts says:

What a wonderful Blessing she was to everyone she met. She celebrated life with all of her heart. She loved all of you more than words can express. She fought a wonderful battle and Victory in the Lord. Live in her wonderful memories.

Beth Henderson says:

To Ryan and the entire family – Even as I mourn the passing of a dear and loving friend, I celebrate that she now basks in His eternal glow and have confidence that we will meet again one day. My prayers are with each of you in your loss. May our loving Lord comfort, sustain and encourage you in the times ahead.

Kristen (Bonanno) Field says:

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. I remember her fondly as the only adult who wanted me to call her by her first name. At such an early age, it seemed unheard of, but I continue to think of her on a daily basis as I want my own children’s friend’s to do the same for me! Thank you Annell. You were a very special person and I know the love you showed for all those who knew you, continues to grow exponentially. My love and prayers go out to all of you left with windblown hair. Thank you for sharing her with our family. I know she is with our dad laughing it up until we can be together again. Bless you all. Love, Kristen (Bonanno) Field

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