Rebekah will be missed

Published 6:00 am Sunday, September 4, 2016

Rebekah Tettleton started working at the Oxford EAGLE in July 2015 in the circulation department. Her infectious smile and sweet disposition made her popular not only with customers but with her fellow employees. She was later promoted to assistant circulation manager.

Her positive manner and sunny attitude never left her, even after she was diagnosed with throat cancer. There were days you knew she was in pain, but she rarely let it show.

Her laughter continued to fill the office daily. Most afternoons, anyone walking past her desk would hear Disney movie theme songs playing on Pandora.

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In January, doctors decided it was time to aggressively treat the cancer with seven weeks of chemotherapy. She continued to work at the EAGLE during those treatments, determined to keep fighting.

Her faith unwavering, she knew God was in control, no matter which direction her battle took her.

When she underwent radiation, she finally took the doctor’s advice and went on medical leave in April. She kept in contact and always intended to come back to work.

However, the chemotherapy and radiation destroyed her immune system, which caused complications. On Aug. 15, her 28th birthday, she was put into the hospital with pneumonia. After two weeks, her body could no longer continue the fight and she died on Aug. 31.

Rebekah’s spirit, love of life and beautiful smile will always be remembered by everyone at the EAGLE. Our prayers are with her family.