Rebecca Quincy Hovey Maryatt|
Rebecca Maryatt, of Kirkland, WA (born Rebecca Hovey, Oct. 10, 1955 in Seattle, WA), passed away Dec. 31, 2013, after a long struggle with systemic lupus and other illnesses. Rebecca is survived by her son, Christopher Maryatt; her brother, Matthew Hovey; and her father, Anthony Hovey.
Rebecca dedicated her life to the cares and concerns of others. In her youth, she took care of her younger brother, Matthew, who was disabled. Her first job was at an animal shelter. Trained in medicine and psychology, she later worked on breast cancer and bereavement support groups at Evergreen Hospital. In the 1990s, she did work for the Clinton Administration in reviewing federal grant proposals for breast cancer research. She touched everyone she met with a special light, and had a knack for making fast friends with everyone she met, however briefly. The greatest joy and the brightest light of her life, however, was her son Christopher, who carries on her memory.
Rebecca will have a private ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Kirkland. She will be interred at Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline. In lieu of flowers, remembrances should be made to the American Indian College Fund and to St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Her son plans a secular celebration of her life and times to follow in the late spring.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2014