Rebekah A. Lemley

Born in Nashville, TN on December 12, 1983

Departed on May 5, 2019 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Ms. Rebekah Alaine Lemley, age 35, of Springfield passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home from 2pm until 8pm and again on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Springfield First United Methodist Church from 11am until the time of service at 2pm with Bro. Doug Hendrixson and Bro. Ernie Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with the Chattanooga Fire Department serving as pallbearers and Vanderbilt Life Flight providing escort.

Ms. Lemley was born December 12, 1983 to Jimmy and Mary Lee Lemley. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Vera and Herschel Lemley and Harold “Denny” Summers, all of Springfield. Ms. Lemley was a Registered Nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center serving as the Burn Program Manager. In this role she improved patient care by managing quality data and providing outreach education to hospital and prehospital personnel in Tennessee and Kentucky. Over the course of her career she educated thousands of utility and health care workers about the care and effects of burns, pediatric burn considerations, and safety prevention techniques. In 2016 she was awarded Nurse of the Year for Quality and Risk Management by the March of Dimes and the Reader’s Choice Awards Best Nurse by the Robertson County Times.

Rebekah was a dedicated member of the Springfield First Church of the Nazarene, teaching Sunday School for 15 years, and serving on the church board. She was also an active runner that completed numerous races at Walt Disney World with her mother. Twice she completed the 4-day “Dopey” challenge, comprised of a 5k, 10k, ½ marathon, and full marathon.

Rebekah was called to serve others which she did through memberships in local community organizations. She was a 4-H Volunteer leader for 17 years after being an active club member for 9 years. She coached state winning Diary Products Judging teams, chaperoned educational programs and trips, and supported the annual 4-H Congress Pageant. Rebekah was a volunteer at the Robertson County Fair for 21 years, serving as a department superintendent for Photography and the Pet Show. She was the President of the Cross Plains FCE club and was also elected as the Secretary of the county-wide Family and Consumer Education clubs. The Tennessee 4-H program recognized the Lemley Family in 2004 as the Hale Master Family. In 2010 she was awarded 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year and in 2018 was selected as 4-H Alumni of the Year.

For the last 19 years, she has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She participated in 23 Girls State programs as a counselor or nurse for the Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina Departments. Through these programs, Rebekah empowered young women to participate in governmental processes and become leaders. At home, Rebekah served as the voting precinct officer for East Robertson 1-1.

Rebekah traced her family history in Robertson County back almost 200 years; it was through her ancestors’ service to their country that she was able to join several lineage-based organizations. She was a proud member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and National Society United States Daughters of 1812. In 2018 Rebekah was named as the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Junior. She was also serving as Regent of the Charlotte Reeves Robertson DAR chapter in Springfield. Rebekah held numerous state offices and state and national chairmanships in these organizations. With each assignment, she called upon her strong faith to promote “God, Home, and Country”.

With all of her service, one program stood out amongst the others. For 11 years, Rebekah served as the director for Camp Hope, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s camp that supports pediatric burn survivors ages 6-16. Over the years, she fostered the program and was able to double camp attendance. Through community partnerships, she has been able to fully fund each camp experience so that children can attend the event free of charge. During the week, the program worked to develop life skills, encourage healthy living, and promote a positive self-image. She once wrote, “I am a firm believer that your presence will make a child’s experience memorable, but your influence will impact their lives”.

Rebekah was a devoted sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She would often refer to people as “friend”. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, reading historical novels, and organizing events. Her kind spirit and servant’s heart made her an important part of the community. Rebekah’s greatest joy was her two nephews Wesley and Owen and her friend Jessa. She would say, they were the best thing that has ever happened to her family.

She is survived by her parents of Springfield; two sisters Marissa (Adam) Brown and Abigail (TJ) Tewmey; her nephews Wesley and Owen Brown; and grandmother Nereida Summers.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in care of Springfield Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home to Camp Hope or the Tennessee 4-H Foundation.
These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437

69 Comments to Rebekah A. Lemley

  1. Brenda Wills says:

    Rebecca was a wonderful friend and a great leader. She has given the Charlotte Reeves Robertson Chapter of the DAR a new outlook and will be sorely missed. To her family ‘remember the good times you shared with her and always keep her in your hearts.’

  2. Leslie Stewart says:

    As I recall, Rebekah was one of my students who was not only a diligent worker but tried to get along with everyone. I never heard her say an unkind word about another person. As an adult, she was gracious, respectful , and very polite.
    I will miss her. To her family, you had a daughter to very proud of.

    Leslie Stewart
    5th grade, Coopertown
    Stokes Brown Public Library

  3. Merryanne Pierson says:

    Rebecca was a great woman and gave of herself to others. We will miss her enthusiasm and willingness to help in her efforts for the DAR. She will be missed.

  4. Faye E. Jackson says:

    Your boundless energy was so remarkable. Thank you for your leadership to Charlotte Reeves Robertson DAR. You were such an inspiration to all who came in contact with you. We will dearly miss our outstanding junior. My sympathy to all of the Lemley family.

  5. Mary Ruth Trumphour says:

    Rebekah was such an inspiration to us all, a very unique individual whose main concern was to help others. She reminds me of the beacon in a lighthouse whose job it is to shine the light so others may choose the right way. I hope she knows how much she was loved by so many people. I pray that God will give to her family strength, comfort, and peace.
    RIP, sweet Rebekah, until we meet again.❤️

  6. Grace Harville says:

    Miss Lemley was an amazing leader within the Tennessee 4-H program. She and her sister were the co-directors for the Tennessee 4-H Congress Pageant. I enjoyed working with her the four years that I was able to attend Congress. She will be sorely missed by her 4-H family.

  7. Sheila Garrett says:

    I did not know you but knew the love I saw in your Mothers eyes each time she spoke of you. I feel you must have been a remarkable person. My heart is full of sadness for your family. Fly High!

  8. Susanne Thacker says:

    I remember when I first met and paged with Rebekah in DAR. I felt like I had known her forever. I always admired her kindness and true Christ-like personality. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body & it showed through her dedication to her family, DAR, and Camp Hope.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Lemley family. Thank you for sharing your daughter/sister with the world. She will be sorely missed…😔🙏🏻

  9. Anne Smith says:

    Goodbye sweet friend. I love you much.

  10. Angela Baker says:

    Rebekah, you were the sweetest person to ever walk this earth. I feel privileged having known and worked with you for a short time. You sure knew how to light up a room. We lost a bright light when Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

  11. Nan Barton says:

    Rebekah was one of the kindest people I’ve ever gotten the opportunity to know. She truly cared about others, especially the children at Camp Hope. I had the pleasure of working with her many years ago and when my own child became a burn patient at Vandy, she was there for us. Each year she made certain he was able to make it to camp. She will be forever in our hearts.

  12. Donna McGuirt says:

    Rebekah may you rest in peace. Thank you for everything you taught us. Vandy Peds Night Out will never be the same. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. You will be missed

  13. Max Cook says:

    Lemley Family, Rebekah was such an inspiration to be around. So passionate about life and sharing her knowledge with us all. I will miss you sweet friend. I am heartbroken but also blessed knowing that God needed you more than we do as your calling has forever been great. I am grateful for your friendship and will forever miss your hugs and beautiful smile. Many prayers to your family.
    God bless!🙏🏼

  14. Barbara B Parsons says:

    It seems like yesterday when two of my favorite little girls called for some advice, goodness,almost a decade ago now. Rebekah, you’ve gone home to wait for us to join you in the Lord’s timing. How our hearts are broken as it seems impossible that you have rushed on ahead of us. That’s just like you. Beloved Mary Lee and Marissa, our prayers are ever with you as you walk a lonely path. Psalms 94;1. He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. With love, prayers, and deepest sympathy. Barbara B. Parsons (Mrs. E. H.), Past Tennessee Division President, United Daughters of the Confederacy

  15. Robert Earl and Cherese Brooks says:

    Rebekah was an angel walking on earth with us. She was always a delight to have close by with her positive outlook regardless of the situation. Her passion for all aspects of life was contagious. She loved her family so much and all of the youth she worked with in her various roles. God called her to her heavenly home, but selfishly I would love one more smile and giant hug. Prayers for strength to her marvelous family as you celebrate her life. Rebekah was a remarkable young woman who blessed all in her path!

  16. Nancy crawford says:

    A shining star. I miss her as does the world. God’s comfort to her family. Nancy Crawford

  17. Linda Anderson says:

    My daughter and granddaughter and I were shocked and so saddened to here of Rebekah’s passing. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. We are praying for her family and friends.

  18. Beth-Anne Oliver says:

    Rebekah may you Rest In Peace . My condolences and sympathies to your family .

  19. MD Fogerty, MD says:

    Whatever your personal belief, when she was there, you knew you were in the presence of someone very special. Carry on, beautiful soul.

  20. Lisa Thomas says:

    We are still in shock of Rebekah’s sudden trip to heaven. I met Rebekah and her sisters for the first time about 10 years ago at the Ladies Weekend at the Athenaeum in Columbia. I continued seeing them each year during the weekend. Then at the Tennessee division UDC meetings. She was so sweet and so poised. She was a perfect example of a proper southern lady. We will miss you greatly.

  21. Katie King says:

    Ms. Rebekah was truly one of the kindest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will miss seeing her bright smile at convention. My sympathies to the family and my thoughts and prayers are with them.

  22. Beth Sims says:

    My heart is broken that I will not see that sweet smile and twinkling eyes again. Gone from us way too soon. She was an angel among us and always willing to give of herself. I just can’t imagine our UDC chapter without her. Until we meet again sweet Rebekah! Love you always.

  23. Beverly Hobbs says:

    Our hearts and love pour out to our Tennessee family. We are saddened by your loss of such a young and beautiful lady. We Pray for strength and guidance for you all. We are so sorry . Love you, Beverly 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

  24. Karen Bonner says:

    Rebekah and I started orientation at Vanderbilt on both of our very first days. We went to the Burn Unit together and remained in touch long after our days together there. She truly was a shining light and an exceptional being. I thank God she was a part of my life.

  25. Juan I. Navarro Cruz says:

    Mary Lee, our hearts goes out to you, your husband Jimmy, Abigail, Marissa and titi Nery throughout this times of mourning. Just by reading all the comments from everyone here I can see how special Rebekah was!!! Looking at her beautiful smile said it all! She was an angel that Father God needed to call back home and now she has been reunited w/uncle Dennis! Although her physical presence has departed to be w/Father God her spirit and light will always be w/all of you!!! Cherish her love and awesome memories that will leave forever in your hearts until the day that we all meet again!!! Our most sincere and deepest condolences to you and the whole family!!!! We are sending our prayers for strength!!! May she rest in peace!!! Love you all, Juan and Cindy Navarro.

  26. Ann Ellis says:

    Chipper and I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. I just can’t begin to know how you feel. We will keep your family in our prayers. Chipper and Ann Ellis.

  27. Rebecca Sardella says:

    I am at a loss for words – thank you, Rebekah, for your faithful and enthusiastic service to the UDC. My thoughts & prayers are with the entire family. Sending love.

  28. Stephanie Rieforth says:

    It’s just not fair. She was so beautiful inside and out. Always caring, always kind. We all can only hope that we make as much of a difference in this world as she did. We were “only” coworkers but I considered her a friend in my heart.I will never forget you. ❤️

  29. Trudy Riggs says:


    She is such a beautiful woman inside and out, I am so sorry for your loss.

  30. Joan James says:

    Rebekah was like a bright meteor flashing across the night sky. In Christian terms, she was a “servant” to individuals and organizations in helping through her many talents. Her kindness was extended to young and old alike. Many prayers to her loving family and many friends. Her cheerful attitude and bright smile will be remembered and missed.

  31. Valerie Matthews says:

    Rebekah, I only knew you for a few months but in those few months you made a huge impact on my life. You helped me develop in my current role and we connected instantly. I’m just in shock that you are gone and that I will not be able to hear that sweet voice or see your smiling face. I was looking forward to our meeting in the next few weeks. I will miss you!

  32. Odessa L. Settles says:

    Mary Lee, as the country celebrates Nurses Week during this sad occasion for you and your family, I am utterly moved by Rebekah’s story. The legacy she leaves behind will live on for many eons to come through the many individuals she has touched and influenced. The bits and pieces you have shared about Rebekah – and her sisters – over the many years I’ve known you here at Vanderbilt did not go unnoticed. The quintessential Nurse with a giving and serving spirit, Rebekah epitomizes what we should all strive to become and do. I am deeply saddened by your family’s tremendous loss. Prayers and love to each of you.

  33. Emily McDonald Dryden says:

    Rebekah had such a lovely spirit and servant’s heart; she was truly a joy to be around. I will miss seeing her warm smile and hearing her kind greeting at DAR and UDC events in the future. My prayers are with all of you (Mr. and Mrs. Lemleys, Marissa and Adam, Abigail and TJ, and sweet Wesley and Owen) as you grieve her tremendous loss. However, I know we’ll see her again.

    John 14
    Psalm 61:1-2

  34. Patsy Vaden says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Rebekah touched many lives and was a positive influence on those she encountered. She made the most of life and made a difference. Her smiling face and her acts of service will be missed.

  35. Melanie Hunt says:

    So beyond sad at this time. I was blessed to page recently at the TN DAR state conference and this lady was ever the page and performing her duties for the state despite being in a boot! And paging! Such sad days… condolences and prayers to all…

  36. Katie Judd says:

    I have no words to describe this huge loss. Rebekah has set a great example to how to live a life full of compassion, kindness, and pure love. I will always remember her sweet smile and gentle voice. Mary Lee Lemley and Jimmy I commend you both for raising three amazing children and thank you for sharing all of with me.
    Much Love,
    The Judd clan

  37. Katie Judd says:

    Rebekah is great example of human spirit. Her love, compassion, and kindness shined through everything she participated in. She is truly a mentor to many people. Jimmy and Mary Lee you have raised three incredible women. Rebekah will be missed but her human spirit will always be seen in the many lives she has touched.

  38. Alicia Harvey-Vetrone says:

    I am truly sorry for the loss of Rebekah. I wasn’t close to her but I do remember her being very kind to everyone when I attended Coopertown with her. May you all have comfort during this difficult time. Sending my thoughts and prayers.

  39. Franklin 14 Chapter UDC, Franklin, TN says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rebekah. She was a beloved daughter of many lineage societies. She will be missed by all.

  40. Stephen L Nelson says:

    Rebekah did not hide her light but let it shine to everyone she met. She leaves quite a legacy to us all. Her light continues to shine on multitudes of people. Many have and will continue to benefit because all she was and did. Peace to her soul and family.

  41. Stephen L Nelson says:

    Rebekah did not hide her light but let it shine to everyone she met. Her light continues to shine on multitudes of people because of who she was and all she did. Peace to her soul. Peace to her family in their profound sadness and pain. Peace to all.

  42. David Officer says:

    My thoughts and prayers and with the family. I remember her from her 4-H days and she was a sweet person.

  43. Kim Stansell says:

    Rebekah was a precious angel and touched so many lives. She worked hard and each life she touched on a daily basis was better for being around her. She lived what she believed. She was a servant and each of the organizations where she volunteered were made to feel that they were the only organization in her life. She gave her all in everything she did. I love you, Rebekah and will miss you. The Charlotte Reeves Robertson Chapter of the DAR will never be the same.

    To the family I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  44. Kathy Mead Fronheiser says:

    I am heart sick over the loss of my friend, Rebekah. I’m not sure if I knew anyone more kind and giving. I was lucky to spend quality time with her a few hours a week for the past several years – laughing, talking, sharing. She started as a personal training client, but, within our first meeting, we were fast friends. I am still in shock and feel a giant void in my life. She was so beautiful – inside and out. She touched so many. I know others will miss her so much too. I pray for her family – whom she loved without end. I know she is an angel in heaven now, but I wish that sweet angel did not have to go so soon.

  45. Susan Clarke Schaar says:

    I met Rebekah and Marissa through Virginia Girls State. They were an awesome addition to our Girls State team especially to those of us who worked in the legislative area. Rebekah was a beautiful person outwardly and inwardly. Her quiet strength was amazing. I am grateful that she and Marissa were part of our team while we were there. I have always been impressed with the many activities she participated in.

    My heart and prayers go out to the Lemley family. She will be deeply missed by her Virginia friends and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to share a small part of life’s journey with her. She will now be one of the stars in the sky whose light shines on us. Thank you Rebekah for you have done in your too brief journey.

    Susan Clarke Schaar
    Clerk of the Virginia Senate

  46. Debbie Butner says:

    We met this sweet angel 10 years ago when my son was admitted to the Vanderbilt Burn Center. Rebecca immediately adopted him and helped him look beyond his own pain and confusion by introducing him to a younger patient who needed a friend. Her love, compassion, and kindness were instrumental in forming the young man Patrick was destined to become. He spent every summer at Camp Hope and followed her example by later becoming a counselor. The positive impact she has had on hundreds of patients and their families is immeasurable. To her parents, thank you for raising such an amazing young woman and for sharing her with so many people who will be forever grateful for the privilege of having known her. Her legacy will will live on through the young people whose lives she touched.
    Our prayers are with you all,
    Debbie Butner

  47. Rita Horton says:

    My condolences and sympathy to Rebecca’s family. May it comfort you to know that she is in the thoughts and prayers of her DAR sisters. A DAR friend, Rita Horton

  48. Jill Williams says:

    Mary Lee,
    I cannot imagine the loss and sorrow that you are surely feeling, and I absolutely wish I could take that away. I know you have so many people in your life that you are very close to that will be by your side and lifting up you and your family. Although our relationship is more professional than personal, I wanted to offer my condolences and let you know that you and yours will be in my heart and prayers.

  49. Robin Hurwitz, DAR says:

    No words can express our sorrow for your loss. She was an amazing woman.

  50. Angie Goodson, says:

    My deepest condolences and sympathy to Rebekah’s family and friends. She clearly has touched many lives throughout her life. As a fellow daughter in the Daughters of the American Revolution I am in awe of her contributions to keep our country’s history alive and well…I am sure she is talking to all of her ancestors now..may God hold you all tight in his arms and bring some comfort.

  51. Joretta Goins says:

    Abigail and family
    I was saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Rebekah. Sometimes I don’t understand God’s timing and this is certainly one of those times but I know this is all part of his plan and I pray his gives you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love and prayers to you sweet girl as you do today what you do best, minister to your family and friends through the service God called you to do.

  52. Andrea Calfee says:

    To dear Rebekah’s family: Just two weeks ago I sat with Rebekah at lunch at our DAR State Conference. We had not met previously, but shared information about our DAR work. She had the knee roller/scooter for her leg, recovering from surgery, and cheerfully worked her way up to the dais to receive the State Chairman’s “Bravo” award. a little bit of an in-house fun recognition for her work as a State Chairman of Women’s Issues. When Rebekah returned to the table I twitted her a bit, as I had won this award myself about five years ago. I was glad to get to know this wonderful young woman just a week before her passing and have just learned that I received one of the State Awards for entering the Women’s Issues essay contest that Rebekah was in charge of. The influence of her short life was wide and deep. I will treasure her memory and send sincerest condolences.

  53. Cindy Foree says:

    Love and prayers to Abigail and her family. I am so proud of you, Abigail, as I know your family is, for being strong enough to serve as the final care giver to Rebekah. I know your service as her funeral director will be one of the memories you’ll hold dear for the rest of your life. No one is more qualified to help share Rebekah’s story .
    May you find comfort in the outpouring of love and support from so many people Rebekah impacted in her short but meaningful life.

  54. Fred PARKHURST says:

    After reading so many Beautiful Tribute’s to Rebekah it is impossible to add anything else except that my Daughter Angie loved her very much and spoke of her often.

  55. Shane Clark says:

    Rebekah was such and wonderful person I was just shocked when I herd the news. Prayers to the family!!

  56. Caroline Carter says:

    Beautiful girl and beautiful life of dedication and service to God and others. So very sorry.

  57. Lena Jane Jones says:

    I will miss Rebekah. Her sweet spirit lit brightly any room she graced. She made DAR more meaningful even the most devoted members. She was kind, thoughtful, witty, and a joy to know. Surely Heaven is magnified by her presence. Her absence here will as surely be felt for many years to come.

  58. Joil Bradshaw says:

    All of the Lemley Children were special to me as their Chemistry teacher. Marissa and Rebekah would always tag along together. They both became nurses: what a perfect career for them. All three girls had spunk, determination, and inner strength. It nearly floored me when I heard of her being taken so early. God has called his angel home. We are saddened by the lost of light and life she brought to this world. May God grant us peace until we can see her again. Coach Bradshaw

  59. Kathy Field Carver says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful young lady that will be greatly missed.
    My prayers are with your family.

  60. Kim Ferrell-James says:

    Rebekah was an amazing woman, nurse, leader, and friend to all. I had the pleasure of knowing her at Vanderbilt. She informed me about camp Hope and all of the wonderful care for the children. Rebekah always had a smile on her face and so kind. She is deeply missed.

  61. Billie Cobb says:

    Rebekah was a really sweet person always willing to help another person. She will be greatly missed. Very proud to have met her and known her in DAR. Prayers for your family.

  62. Sharon Tallman says:

    Reading the obituary and tributes to Rebekah here, there is so much that I didn’t even know about her. What an incredibly amazing young woman. It’s easy to see why our Heavenly Father needed her back with Him as soon as possible… even though it is much too soon for all of us left behind. She and I never met face to face but communicated through email several times while taking care of UDC website problems and became friends. The news of her passing is just a huge shock and terribly sad to me. Her loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  63. Phyllis McFolin says:

    I am still can’t believe she is gone. Rebekah was a wonderful and giving person. I will miss her and her wonderful smile… Prayers for all of the family. Remember it is not good bye but see you later…We will see her again someday..Phyllis McFolin

  64. Jan Augenstein, East Central Division Chair, Women's Issues, NSDAR says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful, compassionate, and dedicated person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time.

  65. Maria K. Ferguson, Chapter Regent, Wueen Alliquippa Chapter, NSDAR says:

    My Condolences to Rebekah’s family and friends. You should be proud of the life lived through Rebekah. A devoted, self-less, giving person, service oriented and a caring nurse.

  66. Maria K. Ferguson, Chapter Regent, Queen Alliquippa Chapter, NSDAR says:

    My Condolences to Rebekah’s family and friends. You should be proud of the life lived through Rebekah. A devoted, self-less, giving person, service oriented and a caring nurse.

  67. Marsha Fagnani says:

    I am so very sad to learn of Rebekah’s passing away. Heartfelt sympathy to her parents, sister, family and friends. Taken much too soon… prayers for all.

  68. John Lampman says:

    I worked with her for years on the burn center. She was a wonderful woman with drive and enthusiasm. She will be misses. God bless her and her family and friends.

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