Rebecca A. McDonald

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Rebecca A. McDonald, 67, of Edgewater, loving mother, friend, and Hospice pioneer, died in the arms of her children, Wednesday, December 11th, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Waterloo, IA, to William H., Sr. and Claire E. Burk, and graduated from North Miami Beach Senior High School. She received a nursing degree from St. Vincent's School of Nursing in 1967. She was a wonderful mother and friend; we looked to her for guidance, but we were not alone. We have been so humbled by how many people her life has touched. She was a deeply spiritual person who helped more people than we can count. Kind, witty, compassionate, inspirational, innovative, and determined are just a few of the adjectives used to describe our mom. She was a huge supporter of all things Hospice and Palliative care. She served those causes for more than 30 years, from founding the first hospice in Volusia County in 1979, to serving as member and leader on boards and committees at the state, national, and international level. Her career made it possible for her to travel the world and experience different cultures, both of which she truly loved. Our hearts are heavy, yet we are comforted in knowing that Mom died gracefully, surrounded by loved ones, in exactly the manner she spent her life advocating for others. She is survived by her brother, William H. Burk, Jr. (Julie), of Bath, ME; son, Sean McDonald, of Wallkill, NY; daughter, Molly DeRosier, of Edgewater, FL; daughter, Kelly Dixon-Snyder (Robert), of Bloomsburg, PA, and grandchildren, Brittany, John, Mindy, Alexandra, Kiersten, Skyler, and Alyssa. She is preceded in death by her parents, William H., Sr. and Claire E. Burk, and her sister, Barbara L. Dean. A celebration of her life will be held at 4pm on December 18th, at the Halifax Health-Hospice Care Center in Port Orange, Florida. In lieu of flowers, it would honor her memory to make donations to the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA) www.giving@fhssa.org, Halifax Health Hospice www.hovf.org, or Suncoast Hospice www.thehospice.org.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2013