Rebekah Farrow Spiceland, age 71, went home to be with the Lord at 8:33am on December 29, 2020, peacefully and with her son and daughter present and holding her hands. Rebekah was born on May 5, 1949 in Richmond Virginia to Cyrus Creston Farrow and Helen Louis Truax Farrow.
Becky attended St. Mary’s Episcopal school before Germantown High School, where she was voted class beauty multiple years in a row. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology Pre-med from the University of Tennessee followed by some master’s work in occupational therapy before dedicating herself to her oldest daughter who was born with special needs. While she spent some time as a veterinary assistant, she worked most of her life as a Supermom.
Her life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Becky was the cherished mother of her oldest daughter Denise Spiceland, son Michael Spiceland, and youngest daughter Jessica Spiceland. Loving sister of Catherine Henderson and her husband Clay Henderson. Much loved grandmother of Tru Spiceland and Heidi Spiceland. Beloved Aunt of Rebekah Bartlett, Clay Henderson, Laura Rach, Amanda Christopher, Anna Nichole Andrews, and Zachary Andrews. She would not want us to leave out loving mother of many cats, dogs, horses, goats and more. All of these she loved and touched deeply. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Becky was truly deserving of the Bible verse “His Lord said unto him, Well done, my good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21
When it comes to describing Bomma, as her children called her, words simply fall short. People say they have the best Mom in the world, but her children believe that phrase was never truer than when referring to their Bomma. She was the most important woman in our lives from birth. She gave us hugs and kisses, comforted and supported us every day of our lives. She introduced us to God and Jesus, nurtured us, and showed us through her actions the kind of people we can only hope to become.
She exemplified the very definition of love, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 4-7
She was an amazing woman who always surprised us with how incredible she was as a human being. There are not words adequate to describe her; honest, genuine, sincere, gracious, courteous, understanding, wise, fair, gentle, strong, righteous, and humble are just a few. We were so lucky to have a mother who was so accepting, a mother who loved unconditionally and unfailingly. She made sure we always felt her love surrounding and protecting us. Beautiful on the inside and outside, she was a lovely soul with the face of an angel. She was the most beautiful woman in the world to us.
God certainly gave with both hands when He made her; she was beauty and brains. Anyone who met her immediately saw how kind-hearted and caring she was. Her compassionate heart shone by being there for those she cared about before they even asked for it. Our mom was the “Cool” mom; almost a second mom to many of our friends. Her kind and generous spirit was evident in everything she did; she gave from the heart and was always willing to go the extra mile for the people around her. It would be difficult to find someone else who better embodies the definition of selfless, always thinking of others before herself without any expectation of thanks or anything in return, always making sacrifices for others. She was a primary inspiration in our lives and watching her through the years made us proud to be her children. She was one-of-a-kind, a truly special and irreplaceable woman. We thank God for blessing us with the gift of having her as our Mom, even if it was just for the short time we get on earth before He called her home.
A graveside service in her honor will be held in Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, TN at a later date when pandemic risks are lower, allowing for in person celebrations of life. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor her memory can make donations to American Bible Society or the ASPCA, causes she cared about deeply.
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