SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — A Simi Valley woman known around the globe for her extravagant Christmas display passed away over the weekend.
Phyllis Becker, 75, died Sunday after a battle with Alzheimer’s.
Becker’s husband, John, said their family home became a gathering place for those near and far during the holiday season.
John said it all began when Phyllis decided to share her love of arts and crafts with the community 49 years ago.
“It grew into a project with the whole family. Now it’s been a tradition for 49 years,” John said. “My wife has gotten so much enjoyment and pleasure from the kids and their joy.”
Year after year, the decorations grew until the whole front yard was covered in Christmas.
“People come back and say, ‘When I was a little kid.’ And now they’re saying, ‘I’m bringing my kids,’” John said.
John said this year’s display may be the last. He said he promised to carry out his wife’s wish to have the display in front of their home for the 50th year.
“I think it’s time to retire,” he said.
John said there are reminders of Phyllis everywhere, along with the memories of the joy they brought to so many.
“We have the guest book out there and people would come by and sign all kinds of stories. Everyone left a lot of beautiful comments,” he said.
KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reported that community members will gather for a vigil outside the Becker home on Saturday.