Becky Votava O'Shea

Profile Updated: May 20, 2013
Residing In: Grand Forks, ND USA
Occupation: Salesperson
Children: Rachel,born1985;Jimmy,born1987;Megan,born1989;and Chad,born1994.
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My four wonderful children are the greatest blessing! My most successful career in my life was a "stay at home" mom-I always wanted to be a mom but never dreamed how special everyday is to be a mom!
Before being "mom",I owned a 1978 blue Pontiac TransAm which fulfilled my dream of owning a sports car(my dad even loved driving it!). It was 1979 and I thought I'd take a year off before entering college so I worked @ LaBelle's store as a Jewelry Dept. Mgr! It was @ LaBelle's that I met Dave O'Shea(class of '78). In 1984 we were married and moved to Mesa,AZ. Dave's civil engr. career with USPHS moved us to Mobridge,SD in 1986,and Minot,ND in 1993. Our four children were born in this time and Dave's career provided for me 2 be a"stay at home mom". His work kept him out of town alot-he left in 1999-we separated & our divorce was final 12-31-2001(yes-new year's eve-(he proposed18years to the day). I thought we were forever, so I really found I lost alot of me. My family was great to me & my 4 children and continue to be a big part of our lives! I chose to stay in Minot for Dave to do his part in our childrens' lives.(He remarried.)
When our children were younger,I volunteered in alot of their activities serving as Girl & Boy scout leader,Room mom,mothers club,PTA pres.,A.Soc. President @ church in S.Dakota(even chaired the cookbook project),founded a homemakers club in Minot,and volunteered in various church events.
I attempted college @Minot State. I enjoyed my job as Rel. Ed. Director at church (1997-2002)-it was great working in a Christian environment! During the time of our divorce,I found support in "Beginning Experience" group-I also shared my time as"facilitator" and "Coordinator"-it was a spiritually uplifting experience in the worst time of my life. "B.E." helped me to move forward from divorce. In 2002,I loved caring for my residents as a CNA@Trinity Nursing Home - 2004,I suffered a back injury PLUS a heart attack@work! That brought an end of my career plans as a nurse. I could still be involved in patient care but in a clinic setting as a secretary@Trinity mental health clinic until 2008. I then was a day Receptionist at JCPenney Salon in Minot-#1 in salon product sales-exceeding my goals which earned me the "ALL STAR" 2009 award! I currently continue in sales goals @JCPenney in "Women's Accesories/Lingerie Specialist".
When not working, I involve myself with my childrens' activities. As a single mom all of these years, it seems like there's always something to try to fix by myself,and enough things to get done at home that occupies most of my time. It is depressing that our children grew up without both parents in the home. My priority in life is my four children!
It is only with God,faith,prayers,my parents,my sister & family,friends, & my children that make my life complete!
Update:Oct.27,2009,my dad,Jim Votava,Jr. died unexpectedly@age 71. I know many of you remember my dad-great man. We're devastated!

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Alot of fun times with friends in the commons at Red River.

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