Final Update

My mother peacefully passed away this morning at 5am.

She was surrounded by love and family.

Rebecca Boykin
1946- 2012

We have finalized the funeral for Monday.

I have been asked to give the eulogy.

If you would like to see a copy of her obituary, you may view it on the funeral home’s website site:

This pass week has been one of the most difficult, yet most beautiful times I have ever had. To be given the chance to spend nine days with her, to make peace with her and to help her in her final hours was something I would never trade with anyone. I held her hand, talked her through moments of distress, washed and brushed her hair and cared for her as she moved through the process of dying.

Soon we will restart our lives, return to the routines and goals we had laid before us. As we work towards our dream of opening Belle Grove Plantation, I know that my mother will be with me and will be proud of what we are doing. She never had a chance to see it in person, but knew how much passion we had for it and “saw” it through our eyes.

To every one of you who sent me love, support, hugs, prayers and words of encouragements, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to each of you. Your words helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I came to lean on them as I sit in my mother’s room hour after hour. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. But Thank you from the deepest part of my heart.

To my sisters Shay and Catherine – I love you both so much. Together we have come through this past week. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on, my guardian to tell me to eat and go to sleep. I am so blessed to have each of you in my life.

To my brother Patrick and brother-in-law Andrew- I love you both. Through your support, love and endless hugs, we have been able to get through this last week. I am so thankful for you both!

To my daughter Alexa and son Tyler – I love you both. In losing my mother and your grandmother, I now cherish our time together. It goes oh so fast.

To my husband Brett – I love you with everything that I am. You have been there to pick up the slack and to be my rock. You have carried on with what needed to be done with our business and home and I thank you for it with all of my heart.

To my mother – I love you and miss you so much. It is hard to think that I won’t hear your voice or feel your hugs again. But you have made me strong and I will go on.


234 thoughts on “Final Update

  1. My sincerest condolences. May she rest in peace.

  2. bigsurkate says:

    I had the same opportunity with my own mother, spending her last 9 days together, next to her bed which we moved into her living room, where she had a view of the ocean and the pier. It was the hardest, but most wonderful, experience of my life. It took me a good year to get back to a “normal” life. My heart and blessings are with you and your family.

  3. Cameron Lee says:

    First, I wanted to thank you for liking my blog. Beyond that, though, I wanted to express my appreciation for the tender comments you’ve shared about your mom. They are warm and inspiring.

  4. eideard says:

    Love and peace to you all. All mothers are mothers to us all.

  5. My deepest condolences–

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Take time to rest.

  7. I am sorry for your loss. Move forward with your plans but do take time for yourself. Check out, it is a wonderful site and it does help. God bless you and your family during this time.

  8. brissiemaz says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. There is some consolation in knowing that you did all that a loving family could do and that as time passes you will
    begin to recall the happier times you had together.

  9. I have been so far behind in my reading and tonight I was sorry to read that your mom has passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. May her eternal Spirit continue to live in every breath you take…be encouraged!

  11. I had no idea and am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that you were able to find comfort along this end of the journey.

  12. joyannaadams says:

    Your mother was a beautiful woman…may God be with you in this next year…and especially the times when you miss her the most. I will pray that she sends you a sign…to let you know…she is still with you.
    Because, she is.

    Oh my…I’m SO sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you so much. You brought a tear to my eye. Just so you know, she has already sent me several. I know she is with me. It just seems harder being so fresh at this time of the year. But I will get through this. I appreciate your support.

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