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Rebecca June Trumpy Crosswait
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1946
Kenosha County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Mar. 6, 2009
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA

RAPID CITY—A celebration of the life of Rebecca "Becky" Crosswait, 62, will be held at the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, 3500 Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City at 10:30am Sat., March 14, 2009, with the Rev. Robert Ruedebusch officiating. All attending are invited to join family and friends in celebrating her by wearing vintage clothing, jewelry or hats. Becky passed away on Fri., March 6, 2009 after a lengthy struggle with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme). She was cremated in accordance with her wishes. A private scattering of her ashes will follow at a later time. Rebecca June was born March 8, 1946 in Kenosha, WI to Robert and Harriette Trumpy. The family moved to Monroe, WI in 1947 and lives there today. Rebecca graduated from Monroe Senior High School in 1964. She went on to graduate from the Madison General Hospital School of Nursing in Wisconsin and earned her BS in Nursing from San Diego State University, California. Becky married Paul Gillings in 1968. From this union were born two children, daughter Dru Michelle (1969) and son Bowen Nelson (1973). The family settled in Wisconsin after Paul completed his tour in the US Navy. From 1974-1980, Becky served as a school nurse in Waupaca, WI. In 1980, the family moved to Rapid City, SD where Becky continued to work in various nursing and healthcare positions. In 1988 Rebecca married Bruce Crosswait. That same year the couple purchased the W.E. Adams home in Deadwood, SD, establishing the Adams House Bed & breakfast. They ran the business for four years during which they had the Adams House placed on the national Register of Historic Places and Becky became the first president of the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. The city of Deadwood purchased the house in 1992 as a historic home museum, carrying on Becky's desire that the house be preserved.
Rebecca drew on her nursing experience to establish her favorite and most rewarding position as Parish Nurse for Canyon Lake United Methodist Church from 1999-2007. She developed a program that grew city-wide in coordination with Rapid City Regional Hospital and other healthcare providers. She retired to join her husband on their ranch west of town. Becky enjoyed antiques, vintage clothes, gardening, traveling, reading, camping, and horseback riding. Rebecca is survived by her husband Bruce Crosswait (Rapid City, SD), daughter Dru Lippert and husband Cal (Anchorage, AK), son Bowen Gillings and wife Diane (Colorado Springs, CO); granddaughter Dakota Lippert; Bruce's daughter Connie Hubbard and husband Todd (Spearfish, SD), son Mark Crosswait and wife Lanelle (Rapid City, SD); grandchildren Toby and Elizabeth Hubbard and Hailey and Danica Crosswait; parents Robert and Harriette Trumpy (Monroe, WI), sister Bobette Traul (Monroe, WI), sister Debbie Wilson and husband John (Port Aransas, TX), Brother Robert Trumpy and wife Jacqueline (Cle Elum, WA). She is preceded in death by an infant son, grandparents, aunts and uncles. The family prefers memorials to Canyon Lake United Methodist Church. Friends may sign Becky's online guestbook at
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  Charles Bruce Crosswait (1927 - 2010)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: Judy B. Forgos
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55813092

- Judy B. Forgos
 Added: Oct. 22, 2012

- Judy B. Forgos
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- Judy
 Added: Aug. 3, 2010

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