Rebecca Lynn Dowdy McCluskey was born on Monday, May 28, 1979, at 1:26 a.m. in Jourdanton and left this physical world on Saturday, October 9, 2021. She was the youngest daughter of Craig and Mary Dowdy. Rebecca attended school in Pleasanton and graduated from PHS in 1997. After high school she attended Sul Ross State University and Southwest Texas State University graduating in 2001 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
She then attended nursing school at San Antonio College and earned her Registered Nurse license. She worked at South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton for a few years and then began her career at Santa Rosa Hospital, now Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. She worked there for over 15 years, ending her career there as house supervisor this past spring.
She was the go-to person when a medical issue came up to many family members and friends. She loved being a nurse. Her matter-of-fact help either calmed down a nervous parent or sent them rushing to the ER.
Though Rebecca was the baby sister, she never really acted as such. This independent child grew into an independent daughter, sister, aunt, friend, wife and mother to her beloved sons. She was the funniest and most outrageous (in a good way).
She was the one who got excited about gatherings for any type of function – be it a well-planned party, a casual affair, pool-side, beach-side, on the boat or off – she was coordinating food, drink and decor. This enthusiasm followed her in all of her DIY projects, interest of the day, recipe of the week and discussion of the latest Friends episode.
Was she irreverent at times? Absolutely. Was she the truest and most loving friend? You bet. When she walked into the room, she lit it up and owned it. Her laughter was real and infectious. She was also good at giving you a look that needed no words.
Rebecca, also known as Becca, had the best stories to tell about work (don’t worry, no HIPPA rules were broken), her friends and yes, her family (don’t worry family, it was always said with love).
When you talk with Rebecca’s friends, they will all say that she was their best friend. That is how she made you feel.
Her life was full of love and loving people. In April 2010, she became the mother of Rex and in October 2015, she married Brandon McCluskey and gained two more sons, Devon and Dane. In June of 2020, she and Brandon moved their family to Fulton and they enjoyed the coast life, riding her golf cart to the water, the local eateries and pubs and listening to music at the Fulton pavilion.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Raymond and Eva Jane Dowdy, Robert and La Merle Koehl and her Godmother Sandra Poth.
She is survived by her husband Brandon McCluskey, sons Rex Garza, Devon McCluskey and Dane McCluskey, parents Craig and Mary Dowdy, sisters and brothers-in-law Sarah and Robby Evans, Meredith and Guy Rutherford, Ruth and Curt Conroy, sister at heart Nacona David and husband Dale Ray, in-laws Kenny and Donna McCluskey, sister- in-law and brother-in-law Chelsea and Norm Charlton, nieces and nephews Jennifer, Courtney, Jeremy, Joris, Cody, JC, Robert, Cali, Bennack, McAda, Laila, Trenton and Lilley, her “Cheaper than Therapy” friends, numerous great nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church in Pleasanton on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations be made in Rebecca’s memory to: The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, P.O. Box 1661, San Antonio, Texas 78296- 1661, www.childrenshospitalsafoundation.org.