In Loving Memory of
Rebecca Gay McCulley
Rebecca Gay McCulley
"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not," my Lord Jesus said, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14). What He didnâ€™t say was that sometimes, children arenâ€™t so little, and heaven can be here on earth. It was for me, every day. My name is Rebecca Gay McCulley, and I died peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2015, forty-seven years young.
I was Bec to my friends and family, but also Becca, Beccanator, Beccasaurus, The Bec-ster, and Beccaroni. Ready to go as usualâ€"after nine months of waiting not-so-patientlyâ€"I was born on July 1, 1968, in Houston. My dad, Harvey Hayes McCulley, worked at keeping people safe in designing freeway intersections (as a civil engineer for TxDot) while my mom, LaNelle McCullough McCulley, taught business. My sisters, Nancy Hellen McCulley Coppock (and her husband Mark) and Margaret Lynn McCulley Stott (and her husband Ronnie), and my brother, William Travis McCulley (and his wife Carrie) and I kept Mom and Dad entertained so that life with us in the Southbelt area was never boring.
For starters, looking fabulous and loving others were always top priority with me! I HATED plain things and had to embellish, beautify and bedazzle all of my brightly colored clothes. Additionally, I wore gloves and hats no matter where I went, even if it was to the dollar storeâ€"which, for me, was like Disneyland. Every morning, I made sure to wake up earlier than anyone else and grab the first cup of coffee in my kitty cat mug, then fix my hair over and over again to get it just right. Later, when I went out, I made sure that I also had on my "smell goods" like bubble bath, lotion and scented powder. My diva budget came from my own hard work, earning spending money as a dogwalker, carwasher and aluminum can collector. I hunted for cans just like I hunted for bargains on eclectic items suited to my signature styleâ€"nick nacks and bricabrac which I called "Bec Stuff."
As Queen of Accessories and a certified Girly-Girl, going out made me so excited that I did my "Happy Happy Joy Joy Dance" to show that I wanted to get with the program each new day. My favorite activity involved helping other kids at places like Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, from which I graduated. Always adventurous, I also loved taking road trips, like the time we went to Mt. Rushmore or when we camped in the Davis Mountains, singing along to Dolly Parton all the way. Everywhere we went, I collected friendsâ€"from people to petsâ€"with my bubbly personality, my crazy cat stories and my contagious giggle.
You see, Jesus always helped me to love everyone around me, whether I was in school or at church (First Baptist in College Station). My job in life was to make sure that people remembered to squeeze the most fun possible out of life, to view every single day as a gift that we choose to unwrap. Just like in that Parable of the Talents which Jesus gave us in the New Testament, I know that God is pleased with me for using my many abilities to bless others by making them feel special (Matthew 25:14-30). It wasnâ€™t that I didnâ€™t notice differences; after all, I loved to memorize and deliver detailed descriptions of things that caught my interest. But I wasnâ€™t afraid to make sure each person I touched knew how much Jesus loved them, just like I know He loves me.
My family and friends will gather to celebrate my life from 6-8 PM on Friday, December 4, 2015, at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan. My Life Celebration will take place at 1 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at First Baptist Church in College Station. I will then be laid to rest at 3:30 PM on Saturday at Wheelock Cemetery next to my big sister, Margaret.
I want to thank my family, my friends and especially my church family for embracing and loving me. My sister Margaret and I will save each of you (and your pets) a spot for when we meet again, here at our new home in heaven. Until then, stay gorgeous, and donâ€™t forget to accessorize! Love you!
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