Rebecca Lyn Hess, devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona August 17, 2022, after a long battle with multiple health issues, most notably diabetes. A celebration of her humor, wit, compassion, creativity, intellect, service to her fellow man, and culinary skills will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, a graveside memorial will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy, Utah on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
A beautiful baby girl was born on April 11, 1948, to James L. and Fern R. Kent, in San Diego, California. Rebecca was their second (living) child. After their divorce, and her mother’s remarriage, Rebecca and her brother Richard were adopted by their beloved father, William R. Hess. From that happy union were born two more sisters; Jodi and Laurie, and twins; Julie and William (Chip). They were all raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Hillcrest High School, The University of Utah, and The University of Arizona, where she studied Business Management and Accounting. She worked managing the books for several small businesses for many years, and also worked as a loan officer for several years.
At the peak of Beatlemania, Rebecca married Richard Lee. They had two children, Linzi (Blen) Freestone and Joseph (Yaditze) Lee, who were her world! After that marriage ended, Rebecca married Harold Boyack. She loved his children, Hal, Mark, and Joni very much. They divorced after 40+ years of marriage. Rebecca had three granddaughters; Molly (Jeff) Guymon, Angela Lee, and Isabella Lee, and three grandsons; Matthew Freestone, Jacob (Aspen) Freestone, and Joseph Lee. She had one great-granddaughter and another on the way.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rebecca served in various church auxiliaries in many capacities. Her favorite callings were always as a teacher in Primary. She was known for preparing fun object lessons that had clever messages. She served with one of her best friends as a ministering sister for over a decade. Together, the two “Served ‘til it helped” and “Gave ‘til it hurt.”
Rebecca was an extraordinary cook! She loved to read, was always current with news and politics, loved fashion, decorating, Miss Manners (and all things Emily Post), movies, and vintage music! Her love language was giving. Her laugh was contagious, and her smile will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by William R Hess (father), Fern L. Hess (mother), Anthony Kent (brother), Richard G. Hess (brother), Laurie D. Hess (sister), and William (Chip) Hess (brother).
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 11:00 am at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah. A luncheon will follow at The Chateau, 1910 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah.