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Rebecca Stokes

May 8, 2018


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Rebecca Sue Union Stokes, 70, of Ft. White, Florida, passed away May 8. She is survived by her husband, Tom Stokes; a sister, Judith Walker of Mathews, Virginia, brother Douglas Union and wife Roberta of Portsmouth, Virginia; nephews Robert Nichols of Newport News, Virginia and Richard Brown of California; nieces Kelly Nichols of Newport News, Virginia, Tiffany Hall of Gloucester, Virginia, Melanie Hummel of Gloucester, Virginia and Melissa Union of Orlando, Florida. Rebecca is preceded in death by her brothers Donald Keeler and Tim Union, both of Hampton, Virginia. Rebecca was a native of Hampton, Virginia, the daughter of John Union and Frances Armistead Union. She was a Vietnam-era veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. Rebecca had a distinguished career as a cardiac care nurse for over 42 years. She worked in hospitals in the Hampton Roads area, as well as the Northern Neck, going on to become a traveling nurse before settling in Florida. Rebecca retired from Sarasota General Hospital after 27 years of service. Rebecca was an avid gardener and a member of her local garden club. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She loved nature and was a beach girl from a young age. Rebecca fell in love with Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, making the Sunshine State her home for the past 34 years. She was a certified scuba diver, taking enjoyment in the underwater world as well as the surf. Rebecca was a firm believer in living life to the fullest and often said, “This is no dress rehearsal.” A lover of travel, Rebecca and her husband, Tom, divided their time between their homes in Ft. White, Florida and Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, as well as traveling often to the Florida Keys. Rebecca captured the spirit of Pura Vida (the good life), alongside her husband. Spirited and full of heart, Rebecca lived a full and meaningful life, whether it was caring for her patients as a nurse, nurturing her garden, or bringing a spot of sunshine into the lives of her family and friends. The family wishes to thank the people at Haven Hospice for their generous care. A special thank you to Rebecca’s dear friend Barbara Walling for her unwavering support and friendship throughout Rebecca’s days. A memorial service will be held on June 9, 2018 at 11:00 am at Ft. White United Methodist Church located at 185 SW Well St, Ft. White, Florida 32038. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haven Hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to ICS Cremation & Funeral Home.