Rebecca Dawn “Becky” Fleury – South Burlington

It is with great sadness that her family announces that Rebecca “Becky” Fleury, age 58, died in the Vermont Respite House in Williston on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, following a yearlong battle with cancer. Her courage and stoicism during her illness were remarkable! Rebecca was born in St. Albans on Christmas Eve Day at “Dawn.” She was the fourth of eight children born to Glendon K. and Elizabeth (Benjamin) Fleury. Although Rebecca lived briefly in St. Albans and Winooski she graduated from Burlington High School in 1972. In 1973, Becky married her classmate, Allan Booska. They had two daughters, Carrie and Jennifer. His military association took them to Maryland, New Hampshire, and Woomera, Australia. Upon their return to the states, Becky and Allan separated. Becky made her own home in California where she independently raised her two girls. For more than 20 years Becky shared her life with her mutual partner, Martha Williams. Three years ago, Rebecca returned to Vermont. She first resided with her parents, then moved into Country Park in South Burlington. She was an active member of that community, helping to organize many fundraisers to benefit its residents. She was involved with the Wednesday Evening Craft Group, enjoying the creativity and camaraderie of the gals. Following her diagnosis last November, Rebecca made her home with her sister, Claudia Rasetti, who along with her sister, Cathy Haggerty, became her primary caregivers. Many months of treatments took a visible toll on Becky, but in July she was blessed with a few weeks of improved health at which time she enjoyed some outings with her sisters. It became her family’s goal to see that her dream of attending the annual family reunion at Brighton State Park was realized. She made a special effort to rise earlier than normal so that she could participate and be counted in the annual Sunday morning camp breakfast, which this year numbered 45. Rebecca loved nature and at camp she delighted in watching the variety of wildlife that is so evident in that special place. The antics of her many nieces and nephews was a source of entertainment to her. Rebecca demonstrated strong artistic inclinations early in her life and was especially proud of the children’s book which she had created. A collection of her poetry will be forever treasured by her family. Among others, Rebecca is survived by her sister, Krista Fleury of Shelburne.

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