REBECCA JANELLE HOLLENBAUGH, 35, of South Whitley, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, 5:55 a.m., at her home, surrounded by her loving family. To quote her sister, "Throughout her running career Rebecca has won many ribbons and medals but all of them pale in comparison to the reward she received this morning when she ran home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." Born on Nov. 22, 1973, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Steven B. and Vicky P. (Hurd) Myers. A lifetime Whitley County resident, she graduated from Whitko High School, South Whitley, with the Class of 1992. She graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, as well as St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, with a Masters degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner. On Oct. 19, 2001, she married Jade M. Hollenbaugh in Lake Wawasee, Ind. A Registered Nurse, she worked for four years at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne and five years at Dr. James Hanus's office in South Whitley. Since 2004, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Lisa Hatcher, Columbia City. Her memberships included South Whitley United Methodist Church; CAPNT and Sigma Theta Taw, South Whitley; AANP; and Fort Wayne Truck Club. An avid runner, she was an active participant in Whitley County's Relay For Life. Survivors include her husband, Jade M. Hollenbaugh of South Whitley; daughter, Lauren R. Hollenbaugh of South Whitley; son, Jackson S. Hollenbaugh of South Whitley; twin sister, Rachel (Jamie) N. Bowers of Warsaw; brother, Kyle S. Myers of South Whitley; and parents, Steven B. and Vicky P. Myers of South Whitley. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at South Whitley United Methodist Church, with calling two hours prior to service at the church. Pastor Paul Burris and Amy Wagner officiating. Calling also from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Burial in South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials in Rebecca's memory may be given to the Hollenbaugh Children's Educational Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send the family condolences or sign the online guest register book, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 16, 2009