Rebecca MacLean Audet, devoted wife of Ryan Thomas Audet and loving mother of 4-year-old Anya Katherine Audet, died on January 22, 2013, in the company of her immediate family.
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Only 29 years old, Rebecca accomplished so much and touched many lives in such a short time.
She was born in Norwalk, Conn., and grew up in Redding. She graduated from Joel Barlow High School in 2001, winning several local and state championships in track and field. She went on to graduate cum laude from prestigious Barnard College of Columbia University in 2005, majoring in English and Philosophy.
She met Ryan, the love of her life, during the summer before her senior year. They moved to Fair Haven, Vt., in 2005 and married on Dec. 31, 2006, in Orwell, Vt. Their daughter Anya was born in the summer of 2008.
Rebecca pursued her career dreams with passion, progressing quickly through the ranks at the Subway corporation. She and Ryan ran two successful Subway franchises in Fair Haven and Rutland, and Rebecca oversaw the operation of hundreds of restaurants across New England and the West Coast.
The family moved to Monroe, Conn., in August 2012 after Rebecca was promoted to Director of Worldwide Training at Subway's corporate headquarters in Milford, Conn. She was slated to assume the role of Director of Operations in January.
Impressively, Rebecca achieved all this while battling an aggressive form of breast cancer over the last three years. Following an initial diagnosis at the age of 26, she surprised everyone by bouncing back right away from an intense year of surgeries and chemotherapy. She survived another two years in excellent health until the cancer unexpectedly returned in December, ultimately claiming her life in just six weeks.
Rebecca met these challenges with amazing strength, an open heart, and no regrets. Rebecca was stunningly beautiful, incredibly intelligent and extremely focused. She had an infectious laugh and a sharp, witty humor. She always knew exactly what she wanted and how to get it. But behind that bold determination and tough exterior was a gentle and caring mother who loved more than anything spending time with her daughter Anya. Whether singing songs in the car or reading bedtime stories, they shared a special bond that brought them and those around them immense joy.
Rebecca is survived by her husband Ryan, her daughter Anya, and their golden retriever Boomer; her older sister Katherine MacLean of Baltimore, MD, and her younger brother Edward Cadden-MacLean of Easton, CT; her parents Julie Troy of Newtown, CT, and Richard MacLean of Bridgeport, CT; Ryan's parents Thomas and Meredith Audet of Orwell, VT; and so many family members and loving friends.
Please join Rebecca's family in celebrating her wonderful life on Monday, January 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Jude Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, Conn. A memorial will also be held on Sunday, January 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Spear Miller Funeral Home in Fairfield, Conn.
The family welcomes flowers, which can be sent to Spear Miller Funeral Home, 39 S Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Published in Rutland Herald on Jan. 26, 2013