Becky Ransome – Armed with Umbrellas

By Leslie Moore

Becky Ransome, like many local residents, moved to Pawleys Island from Ohio when her husband retired from Honda two years ago. But, retirement was not Becky’s plan. “I am ready for my next season,” she said laughing.

“My husband’s work took him to Japan for a total of nine years,” Becky began. “The first time, our children were in 4th and 8th grades.” The second time the couple was transferred to Japan, only their son went with them – their daughter remained in the States to attend college. These first times overseas Becky had to move with the children closer to their international school, living basically as a single parent even though her husband visited every weekend. “I learned a lot about myself,” Becky remembers.

While in Japan, Becky was busy and involved – she trained as a massage therapist and made many friends, working to help other women transition to life overseas. When Becky returned home, her daughter had graduated from college, and her son was finishing high school. After her daughter’s wedding, the Ransomes were again invited to go to Japan. “This time it was a different location, and I kind of liked that. I couldn’t work because I was there on my husband’s Visa, but I did work with other women, making the connection between the Japanese women and other expatriates.” Becky started a once a month meeting where the women would go out and have a meal together and ended up with more than 20 women in her group. “I love networking and believe we all have something to offer and can benefit from other’s experience. I like to bring people together and see how we can help each other.”

Becky happened to hear a young missionary speak about her time in Africa working with AIDS patients. The young woman was overwhelmed and prayed for guidance. The next morning it was raining, and she invited a few people to share her umbrella as they waited to be driven back to her work. It was then she realized she couldn’t help everyone, but she could help those “under her umbrella.”

Taking this message and making it her own, Becky began encouraging others “under her umbrella” in 2006. “I’ve been working with people for many years – from teaching life skills to youth to women’s retreats on a variety of topics.” In May of 2017 “Armed with Umbrellas” officially became an LLC, after much encouragement from friends and family. This will be the second year Becky leads the popular Armed with Umbrellas conference that explores embracing life’s changes.

“Women come and bring their umbrellas and carry it with them Friday night, and throughout Saturday’s activities. During the banquet the umbrella “toting” will be explained,” Becky said. “We will learn about ourselves by looking at who we are and how we are equipped to serve.  What does it look like to walk with others? How do we deal with transitions in our lives?”

The event will be held on February 2nd and 3rd at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club. “There will be a popcorn palooza and a Chico’s fashion show on Friday night,” Becky told me excitedly. “And lots of activities on Saturday.” Becky has arranged for wonderful music and fun for the women involved. “I was given a ceremonial tea umbrella in Japan, and I always speak under it – I have a collection of umbrellas and will be using them throughout the conference.”

“This is such a transitional community,” Becky said as we ended our chat. “Moving to a new area is not easy. We forget how important one-on-one friendships are – there are a lot of lonely people out there that have so much to offer.”

Open your potential at Armed with Umbrellas on February 2nd and 3rd at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club. Hours are Friday 6:30-9pm and Saturday 9:30am-7:30pm. Registration is $99.00 at or email Becky at

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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3 Responses to “Becky Ransome – Armed with Umbrellas”

  1. Anna Riley says:

    Great networking helping others! “Under the umbrella” is such a nice thought too. And Becky’s umbrella collection must be beautiful. :)

  2. Linda O'Connell says:

    I sure wish I lived close enough to attend. This is a fascinating topic and what the world needs more of: caring for one another.

  3. Rose Ann says:

    Wish I could make this conference. There’s a whole new meaning to “under the umbrella!”

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