Rebecca Irene Erickson

May 11, 1952 - November 10, 2020 Age 68


Rebecca Irene Erickson, 68, of Boulder, Colorado, passed away at Boulder Community Health in Boulder, Colorado on November 10, 2020. No celebration of life is planned at this time. Memorials may be sent in Rebecca’s memory directly to The Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2323 55th St, Boulder CO 80301.

Rebecca was born in LeMars, Iowa on May 11, 1952 to Lowell and Helen Erickson. She grew up on the family farm near Marcus, Iowa and graduated from Marcus Community High School in 1970. While working in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she accepted an offer to be a congressional aide in Washington DC. After working in this position for a few years, Rebecca attended the University of South Dakota and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting. She then returned to Washington DC to work in various Federal agencies until she retired in 2013 and moved to Boulder CO. Rebecca loved hiking in the mountains, photography, and volunteering at the Boulder Humane Society.

Rebecca is survived by her siblings: Dennis (Ann) Erickson, Tucson AZ; Ron (JoAnn) Erickson, Remsen IA; Kathy O’Connor, Elgin IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Helen Erickson.

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Kathie Gettings Kathie Gettings wrote on December 8, 2020
Rebecca was our dear friend for many years when she lived in the Washington, DC area. We spent many holidays and special occasions together. Rebecca loved her blue bunnies and they always graced her Easter table and sometimes ours and Mirjana's. We were sad when she moved to Colorado after retirement but still managed to get together a few times over the years.

In October, 2017 we traveled to Maryland and together with Rebecca, spent a week with Dado and Mirjana playing tourist in DC and Annapolis. We hiked at SugarLoaf mountain and spent our evenings enjoying Mirjana's great meals and getting beaten at Yahtzee by Rebecca, the Yahtzee Queen!

Rob and I had the good fortune to visit her in Colorado in July 2019. We had a great visit and took pictures that not only captured the beauty of Colorado but also the affection we had for each other. In one picture in particular, Rebecca is taking a picture of me taking a picture of her on the mountain. I'm so glad we have these pictures and memories of our trip.

She was the best friend anyone could have, always up for an outdoor adventure and we're grateful we had as many years with her as we did. We met when our kids were little and as they grew they too had the opportunity to know Rebecca as we did and will have the same memories of celebrating holidays and special occasions. We miss you dear friend,

Kathie, Rob, Mirjana, and Dado
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Karen Karen from Loveland, CO wrote on December 6, 2020
Rebecca and I met in 4th grade when she transferred from her church school to public school. We graduated from Marcus Community in 1970. It was so fun to reconnect with her when we both retired and ended up moving to CO. Rebecca along with our mutual friends, Karen Means Kittler, Trudy Slagter, and I started getting together several times a year in 2016. It's been a true delight to get to know each other at this time in our lives. The 4 of us would meet for breakfast somewhere and feel guilty when we left when they started the lunch service. We enjoyed talking, laughing, sharing stories and life experiences. At times another Marcus classmate, Ginny Lynn St Amand, would be in the area and we'd all get together. We'd been helping our friend, Marcia Steffen Pavey, plan our 50th class reunion for this past August. With Covid, we transitioned to FaceTime or Zoom calls. We were all sad to have to put the reunion off another year. Rebecca's passing has reminded us not to put things off. In the past 5 years I have come to really appreciate my reconnection with Rebecca, to treasure her wit and sense of humor, her travel stories...her feisty spirit, her love of cats. I am sad for your loss, Erickson family, and sad to have lost this sweet friend.
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Ann & Dennis Erickson Ann & Dennis Erickson from Tucson wrote on November 30, 2020
Rebecca was a great sister-in-law and friend. My memories span many years of knowing her, first as Denny’s little sister, and then as my little “sister”. I really got to know Rebecca when she came to visit us for the last month of Denny’s military service at Fort Ord in California in 1970. She really alleviated the intense home sickness we were experiencing! After Denny’s discharge, we saw Rebecca only occasionally when she was back in Marcus for family visits and we were able to travel there to see her, or if she was able to travel to where we were living. We always thought we would take a trip to Washington DC to see her after we were both retired, but she retired before we actually had a chance to do it! The great thing about her retirement though, was that she moved to Boulder, CO! Our daughter, Amanda and her family lived just “up the road” in Longmont, CO. Whenever we visited Amanda, we also got to visit Rebecca! Great memories of lunches and dinners, and fun times with her. When we started wintering in Tucson, we always got to see Rebecca when we drove down through Colorado from Iowa, or back, or both! One really great memory was in 2018, when Rebecca helped us celebrate our 50TH wedding anniversary. She not only added to the fun, but she brought her camera along and captured all the highlights of our almost a whole week long celebration! That fall, we moved to Tucson permanently, and due to health issues, Denny and I couldn’t travel back to Colorado, but Rebecca flew down to see us that next spring! We had a great visit, and we were sad when her visit came to an end. We loved Rebecca for her many great qualities, one of which was her wicked sense of humor! Through all the years, she rarely missed sending us birthday cards. She always wrote the most entertaining, laugh-out-loud letters. All these memories bring smiles to our faces but tears to our eyes as we say “Good bye, dear Rebecca. You have been loved more than you know!”
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Amanda Cannon Amanda Cannon from Longmont, CO wrote on November 29, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of Rebecca. I had so much fun having her show me around D.C. during several of my business trips there, and once she moved to Boulder we were able to enjoy many more times together. Some of my favorite were trying restaurants around Boulder (where we would spend more time talking than eating), outings and get togethers while family were visiting, hikes, walks along Pearl St, and the James Taylor concert at Red Rocks. I'll never forget the delicious bread she would bake and the thoughtful gifts she gave me. I was so honored to be by her side during her last days. I loved her dearly and will miss her always.
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Mike Erickson Mike Erickson from Tucson wrote on November 15, 2020
This memorial was created in honor of Rebecca Irene Erickson of Boulder, Colorado. Rebecca was born on May 11, 1952 in LeMars, Iowa and passed on November 10, 2020. Rebecca was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family.
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