Becking family receives community support

Friday, August 1, 2008 | 4:03 p.m. CDT; updated 6:29 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 1, 2008

COLUMBIA — Since Sarah Elizabeth Messer Becking's death on July 7, family and friends from the neighborhood have provided food and assistance to her husband and children.

"Family friends have been really supportive to the Becking family. From bringing food to taking the kids places, the outreach has been amazing," said neighbor and family friend Anna Swacker.

How to help

If you are interested in helping out with food for the family, contact Sarah Swindle at (573) 815-0994.

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Sarah Becking, who lived with her family at 108 S. Garth Ave., was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and died after surgery complications. She was 36.

"Sarah was a very, very close friend, even family you may say," said John Sevcik, Becking family friend and owner of CJ's restaurant.

Sarah met her husband, Jason, at CJ's at 704 E. Broadway during college, and they both worked at the restaurant.

Family friends Jason and Sarah Swindle have organized meals for the family. The Beckings have three dinners a week delivered to their home. Sarah Swindle said that she has meals for the family planned until the last week in August.

On Sunday, Becking's daughter, Adelaide, 5, was invited to hang out with the MU Golden Girls for the day because of the friendship her mother had developed with the team by taking their picture every year.

In preparation for starting kindergarten at Grant Elementary School this fall, Adelaide got her hair cut on Thursday. Her father asked Adelaide if she would like to get a pink stripe dyed in her hair like the one her mother had. Adelaide said yes, and she now sports a pink strip of hair.

Sarah Becking graduated from Rock Bridge High School and later graduated from MU.

She is survived by her husband, Jason Becking; her parents, Cynthia Messer and Nathaniel Messer IV; a brother, Michael Messer; and two children, Adelaide, 5, and Jack, 3, all of Columbia.

Sarah Becking is often remembered for her accomplishments in photography, in particular for her coverage of MU sporting events. Her photos have been featured in Inside Mizzou Sports, MU Athletic Department publications, Columbia College publications, the Columbia Daily Tribune and Sports Illustrated. To see Sarah Becking's photography and the family's website, visit




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