Former Babcox Media exec Becky Babcox dies

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Mary Rebecca "Becky" Babcox, a longtime executive with Babcox Media Inc., died on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy. She was 61.

After graduating from The Ohio State University, Babcox began a 27-year career in the family business founded by her grandfather, Edward S. Babcox, in 1920. She served in a variety of roles, including corporate secretary, publisher ("Automotive Rebuilder" magazine, known today as "Engine Builder"), vice president and executive team member.

The Car Care Council Women's Board named her "Woman of the Year" in 2006.

"Becky was well-known and respected for her contributions to the industry, and made many friends among aftermarket professionals during her years of service," the company said in a statement. "With her warm and friendly nature, Becky couldn’t walk down the aisles at trade shows without receiving abundant 'hellos' from admiring industry peers.”

A lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio, Babcox also gave her time and energy to the following organizations: Goodwill Industries, Planned Parenthood, Junior League of Akron, The Akron Garden Club and her alma mater, Old Trail High School.

She is survived by her son, Robbie Kepplecky; two sisters, Dr. Lucy (Dr. John) Morris and Sarah (Jim) Harrity; two brothers, Tom Babcox and Bill (Patty) Babcox; and many nieces and nephews. Babcox was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Mary Babcox.

A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church in Akron on Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m., with a reception immediately to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, 570 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron, OH 44319, or the charity of your choice.

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