Posted: Fri 6:49 AM, May 17, 2013
September 25, 1966 – May 15, 2013
Rebecca Ann Powell-Frederick (Hysmith) passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013 after a 3 year battle with colon cancer. Rebecca chose to donate her body to TAMU Medical School for research.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Conroe.
Rebecca was preceded in death by her beloved son Garrett Hysmith in 2005.
Rebecca was born and raised in San Benito, TX. She graduated from San Benito High School in 1984. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She then worked in a variety of jobs including, the poultry industry, the feed industry, Readfield Meats, and Scarmardo Produce. After her son, Garrett, was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, she decided to change career paths and become a nurse. Rebecca graduated from Blinn College in 2001 as a Registered Nurse. During her nursing career, Rebecca worked in surgery/pre-op/recovery, home health, telemetry, and hospice. She continued to work part time in home health and hospice nursing until shortly before her death.
After Garrett died, Rebecca began speaking at TAMU Medical School annually to first year medical students and also spoke to both Blinn and TAMU Nursing programs on the subject of death and dying. She strongly believed in the importance of educating medical professionals on this subject.
One of Rebecca's many loves was that of animals. These included innumerable cats, dogs, turtles, fish, baby birds, horses, pigs. But the two most important animals in her life were her horse, Georgie Girl, who Rebecca owned Georgie's entire life of 33 yrs, and her beloved Boston Terrier, Lucy.
Rebecca also loved all things Aggie…especially Aggie football! She was well known to be loud during games both in Kyle Field and on television.
Rebecca also had a passion for reading and education. Even at the end of her life she was reading several books at the same time, including nursing and medical textbooks. Her quest for knowledge was never complete.
Rebecca was so proud of her daughter, K.C.'s, talents and accomplishments in foreign languages and the culinary writing/photography world. Another precious event in her life was the formation of the G. Hysmith Skate Park, the skateboard park in College Station that was named in memory of her son, Garrett.
Rebecca lived in and around Aggieland for 25 years before moving to Montgomery/Lake Conroe in 2009. Kenny and Rebecca were married December 20, 2010, at FUMC Conroe.
Survivors include her husband, Kenny Frederick of Montgomery; her daughter, Katherine C. Hysmith and husband Joshua Gantt of Boston, MA; her stepchildren, Kameron, Taylor, and Devon Frederick of Spring and Montgomery; her mother, Barbara Blaskowsky and husband Ray of Odem; her father, George E. Powell of Fairfield; her sister, Catherine Garcia and Elpy; nieces and nephews, Thomas, Tristan, Camryn and Chloe Garcia, all of Frisco; father of K.C. and Garrett, Larry Hysmith of College Station; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and also her much loved friends, Karen G. Biggs of College Station and Joy Woods Blakley of Houston.
Special thanks go to Dr. Robert Wiprud and Rebecca's entire Scott and White medical team. Rebecca asked that any monetary memorial donations be made to Scott and White Memorial Hospital Pediatric Oncology in her memory.
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