Erin Rebecca Oakley Nowell

ERIN REBECCA OAKLEY NOWELL Erin Rebecca Oakley Nowell, 42 lost her final battle with cancer and peacefully passed away at home Wednesday, May 21, 2014. She was surrounded by her adoring husband, daughter, mom, and dad, with the unbelievable support from the angels of Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Becky's life story is not one of riches or fame. No, her story is much more meaningful. For virtually all of her short 42 years, Becky was tested and challenged with adversity over and over again and she tackled each one with every ounce of her being. She fought battles that most would run away from and few could endure. Her trials started early with her premature birth and her first 17 days of life spent in an incubator at N.H.R.M.C. The joy of her marriage was shattered by learning she had cancer ( Hodgkin's Disease ). After enduring that treatment course, her only child was born but she arrived at just 26 weeks and weighed a scant 27 ounces. After seemingly a lifetime in Neonatal Intensive Care, Samantha finally got to come home but would be pronounced as Autistic shortly thereafter. While learning how to cope with her daughters condition and being in remission for several years, Becky learned the Hodgkin's had returned and the treatment would have to be repeated. After that course and Samantha blooming into her teens, Becky received the final crushing blow...she had lung, breast, and bone Cancer and prognosis was dim. A fierce year long battle was lost on Wednesday. The beauty of her life was in her fortitude and perseverance through all these obstacles. She was fearless yet very much afraid. She never gave up or gave in. She battled with a style all her own. Becky will forever be admired by her family for her unbelievable ability to face these fires with amazing grace. Her life truly mattered. She leaves behind her devoted husband Keith, incredible daughter Samantha, younger brother Craig, his wife Amy, and their 2 sons Brandon and Christian, as well as her devastated parents Darlene and Phil. A sizeable extended family plus friends scattered around the country will mourn her passing. Most citizens of our community would say that our finest asset is probably our beaches but, through her final weeks, we have learned that Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center deserves that designation. We are so fortunate to have that organization and its amazing people in our midst. Any contribution or donation to them would be the greatest gift our daughter could ever receive. A family and friends service is being planned for a later date. Condolences may be sent to Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel

Funeral Home

Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Hampstead Chapel
17730 Hwy. 17 N. Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-3401

Published in the Wilmington Star-News on May 26, 2014