Rebekah Lawson came into this world Feb. 18, 1967, in Salinas, Calif.
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She graduated into her on-going life on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Fairbanks.
Rebekah fell in love with Alaska after moving here in 1990, and made the area around Fairbanks home for almost 22 years. Rebekah had the type of beauty that shown not only from the outside, but from within. She had butterfly beauty, flying free on gossamer wings; held too tightly and she was crushed.
She was an independent, fun-loving, outgoing person with a bubbly personality who willingly lent a helping hand to others. Whether she was serving food to those who were in need or helping to deliver food packages, Rebekah was thinking of others before herself. A hard worker, she believed, "there are no free lunches in life," which enabled her to operate a successful remodeling business and later do hands-on construction for other contractors.
Rebekah loved animals and they loved her, too. While a teenager in California, she worked with Mr. Olivas, a trainer of race horses, becoming so skilled that she was given the opportunity train a pinto quarter horse colt to saddle.
Rebekah is the beloved daughter of Betty J. Cowdery and the late Edward E. Cowdery Sr.; the dear sister of Sylvia Ray and Elisabeth Cowdery of California, Edward E. "Ted" Cowdery Jr., of Alaska, and Sarah Cowdery, of Oregon, along with eight nieces and nephews and our family's friend, Thomas D. Benson. She will be sorely missed.
There will be a gathering in memory of Rebekah's life at St. Mathew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks, the Rev. Scott Fisher officiating, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. All are invited to stay for a potluck supper, which will follow in the church social hall.
Published in Daily News-Miner from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2012