Rebecca DeBrodt

Obituary of Rebecca Ann DeBrodt

Rebecca Debrodt (née Donkin) was born on December 28, 1981 in Denver, Colorado to the parents of Barbara Ingebord Schwabe and Ronald Ray Donkin. Rebecca had three sisters, Jennifer born in 1980 and twins Eva and Miriam born in 1983. In 1984, Rebecca and her family moved from Denver to Gilcrest, Colorado, where Rebecca attended Gilcrest Elementary School and North Valley Middle School. In the summer of 1996, Rebecca moved with her mother and three sisters to Nunn, Colorado. In 2001, Rebecca graduated from Highland High School in Ault, Colorado. She enjoyed making decorative pieces in art and shop classes, and she worked as a childcare provider at a local daycare facility. After completing high school, Rebecca enrolled in a flight attendant training program in Daytona Beach, Florida. Upon completion of her training, Rebecca was hired by Chicago Express, a small regional airline in Chicago, Illinois. In 2002, she was hired as a flight attendant by Southwest Airlines. Rebecca moved to the San Francisco Bay area and worked for Southwest Airlines for 17 yearsbased out of Oakland, California, with a brief stint in Phoenix, Arizona. Rebecca and Allison Taylor were married from 2012 to 2017 and lived in Williams, California. Together they had three children, twin daughter Quinn and son Weston born in 2014, and daughter Paige born in 2017. In 2017, Rebecca relocated to the surrounding area of Sacramento, California. At the time of her death, Rebecca was studying to work in the medical field and lived in Galt, California near her children. Rebecca died on November 13, 2021 just short of her 40th birthday. She is survived by her mother, three sisters, and three children. Rebecca had a bright and adventurous spirit. She loved to travel and visited Europe, Mexico, Egypt, Thailand, and many other amazing locales. She always sought to explore and experience the world, from swimming in the ocean to climbing trees to delving into culture and language. She was a keeper of bees, a maker of cheese, and a grower of walnuts. Rebecca was the type of person to jump in with both feet, with all of her clothes on, with no life jacket, and with no idea of where she was jumping to, just knowing it would be somewhere fun. Rebecca was a consummate prankster, always looking for new ways to jump out and scare her sisters, coworkers, and friends, and she never missed out on an opportunity for a joke or a laugh. She hung barbies from the ceiling fan to make a carousel, she hid in storm drains and the overhead luggage compartment of airplanes, and she told plenty of tall tales. Rebecca was incredibly generous to her family and friends. She never hesitated to help out someone in need, and everyone knew they could lean on her in difficult times. Rebecca was a protector by nature. She would (and did!) fight anyone to protect her sisters and children. Rebecca loved her children with all of her heart. From the moment they were born, she did everything she could to make sure they were loved, cared for, and protected. More than anything she desired to be with them, always. There was an abundance of laughter, cuddles, play, hugs, activity, and above all else love shared between them. Rebecca will be remembered most of all for her heart – a heart full of adventure and love.
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