On Monday April 26th the earth became a little less bright and the Heavens gained a new sparkle. It would be a tragedy to let the passing of such a beautiful person as Rebecca go unnoticed.   To those of us who were lucky enough to call her a friend, our lives have been forever changed.

Rebecca came to work with us at Nuttall’s over 10 years ago, and our world will never be the same. Rebecca was full of energy, ideas, and had a wealth of knowledge. She had an amazing sewing resume that included everything from beautiful bridal gowns to award winning costuming . She made elaborate costumes for Disney as well as for the theater. Rebecca was an accomplished seamstress with a fascination and knowledge in period clothing.

Strong willed and opinionated, loyal, and caring are the terms used to describe Rebecca. She made friends easily and once she included you in her circle, you were there for life.   Rebecca saw life in full color. A trip to Quilt Market with Rebecca was sure to be a whirlwind of ideas. Every piece of fabric she looked at brought about creativity. Unless of course it was pastel or tone on tone. Rebecca loved bright colors, polka dots, and all things with an Oriental flair. To her pastels and solids were for those with no imagination.

She enjoyed sharing her love of sewing with young sewers., delighting in their progress and encouraging perfection. Her sharing was not limited to our customers at Nuttall’s. She would gather fabrics and machines and travel on humanitarian missions to share her knowledge with those in other countries as well.   She also delighted in what she learned from them as she taught them life long skills.

For the past five years Rebecca has been fighting a battle with cancer. Mostly in silence, Rebecca kept the pain and prognosis to herself. She believed every day that her positive outlook and desire to live could beat the inevitable. Her greatest joy were those days when she felt strong enough to come into “her” store and work along side her staff of friends and help her customers, all of whom she considered family. It was many of these friends that saw Rebecca through some of her most difficult days, along with her companion and intellectual sparing partner John. Rebecca expressed often her appreciation for those friendships during such difficult times.

Rebecca was not one for a quiet or somber departure. We remember her leading the congregation in a lively round of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as a tribute at her Father’s’ passing. In true Rebecca style, we would like to celebrate Rebecca’s life. Please join us at “The Store” to share memories and our common friendship with Rebecca. Together we will celebrate, living life in joy, as Rebecca would expect us to.