Rebekah Jeannette Kirkland, a distinguished veteran of the U.S.A. Air Force, passed away on June 14, 2023, in Layton, Utah. She was born on July 31, 1957, bringing immense joy and love to her parents Arthur Leroy and Coralea Ruth Spooner. She was the 2nd oldest child in her family.
From an early age, Rebekah's life was intertwined with the U.S. Air Force as her father served our nation with honor. This upbringing instilled in her a deep sense of patriotism and a commitment to serve her country as well. Rebekah proudly joined the U.S. Air Force and later the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where she exemplified the values of integrity, dedication, and resilience.
Rebekah's military journey took her on a remarkable path across the globe. She experienced diverse cultures and made countless memories during her assignments in Germany, Portugal, England, McChord A.F.B., Washington, and Hill A.F.B., Utah. Her unwavering commitment to duty left an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege of serving alongside her.
Beyond her military service, Rebekah had a passion for reading and quilting. She found solace in books that transported her to different worlds and cherished the artistry of creating beautiful quilts that brought warmth to others' lives.
Rebekah Jeanette Kirkland's impact on the world extends far beyond her career achievements and hobbies. She will be remembered as a beloved mother and grandmother whose love knew no bounds. Her memory lives on through the legacy she leaves behind in her three adult children: Angela (Matt) Holm, Andrew Kirkland, Bonnie (Austin) Kirkland; and her nine cherished grandchildren.
In times of joy or sorrow, Rebekah was there to support and care for those she held dear. Her unwavering love provided strength during difficult moments and brought immense happiness during times of celebration. Her children and grandchildren were truly blessed to have her in their lives, and they will forever cherish the memories they shared together.
While our hearts ache at the loss of Rebekah Jeannette Kirkland, we take solace in knowing that she has been reunited with her beloved parents, Arthur and Coralea. Their spirits shall guide us through this time of mourning, reminding us to honor Rebekah's memory by embracing love, unity, and compassion.
A Memorial Service will be held in August 2024 at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Friends, family, and all those whose lives were touched by Rebekah are invited to join together to celebrate her remarkable life.
Rebekah Jeannette Kirkland's selfless dedication to serving her country and the love she showered upon her family and friends will forever be etched in our hearts. May her soul find eternal peace as she watches over us with pride from above.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to the "Wounded Warrior Project.