Rebecca Hunt, a local resident for 55 years, died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 1, 2014, after a brief illness. She was 89 years old. Becky was born July 12, 1924 in Moundville, Alabama to pa
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rents Dixie Beatrice Rooks and the Rev. Enoch Marvin Rooks. She graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, FL in 1942. As a young woman, she studied voice in Gainesville and gave performances as a soprano soloist to local clubs and organizations as well as performing a solo concert while a summer school student at the University of Florida, as part of a summer series of concerts. She attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, and was a member of Zeta Zeta Zeta Sorority as well as a soprano soloist for the Florida Southern College band. She was a student at the Univ. of Alabama when she met her husband. Paul Hunt, who was a student at the Univ. of Florida. They were married 54 years. Becky spent her early years as a young woman teaching in several rural elementary schools, after receiving her teaching certificate, and during World War II, was a radio announcer for WRUF in Gainesville, Florida. Becky and Paul moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1959, where Paul was the East Volusia County Mosquito Control Director for 28 yrs. During that time, Becky was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for 38 yrs. She served as the Church Visitor for 5 yrs. and volunteered with Halifax Urban Ministries. She adored young people and was a senior high youth counselor for several years. Becky was a member of the Ormond Beach Woman's Club where she served as Chairman for the Home Service Dept. Her hobbies included playing bridge and scrabble, visiting her cottage in North Carolina and mostly surrounding herself with family and friends for events and outings. Becky's cheerful and loving personality will be missed by many friends and family members. She is predeceased by her husband, Paul, who died in 1997. As "Aunt Beck", she leaves many adored nieces and nephews, and was a beloved grandmother to four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who called her "MawMaw", and loved her very much. To her two children, she was a beloved and wonderful mother and friend. These survivors include her son, Dr. Paul Hunt Jr. and wife Kerry, from Panama City, FL, and her daughter, Debbie Sweet from Ormond Beach. Her adored grandchildren are Jeff Sweet Jr. and wife, Kelly, from Tampa, FL, Dr. Katie Bietenholz and husband Dr. Josh, from Fernandina Bch., FL, Jessica Colley and husband Brett Colley, from Ormond Bch., FL, and Captain Peter Hunt USAF, from Little Rock, Arkansas. Her great-grandchildren will miss her warm hugs and include Peyton and Jeb Colley, Zach and Owen Bietenholz and Molly Sweet. Among the many friends and family members who will miss Becky's warm smile and heart, is John Bevridge, of Ormond Beach who was a dear and loyal friend of Becky's for 14 years. The family expresses their gratitude to the staff of Bishops Glen Health Care Center and Halifax Health Hospice for the efficient, compassionate and loving care given to Becky throughout her brief illness. A Memorial service to celebrate Becky's life will be held on March 2, 2014, with a later announcement as to the time and location. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Halifax Health Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Pt. Orange, FL 32129 and/or a
Haigh-Black Funeral Home
167 Vining Court Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 8, 2014