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Rebecca Louise Landby, 58

Rebecca Louise Landby was born on May 9, 1952 in Warroad, MN to Lionel (Bud) Landby and M. Lucile (Pearson) Landby.  She grew up on her parents’ farm northeast of Swift, MN and attended the Swift and Warroad elementary schools.  She graduated from Warroad High School and went on to earn a degree in Music and Theatre Arts Education at Moorhead State University.

She taught one year in Red Lake Falls, MN, worked at a variety of secretarial and sales positions, and in 1992 accepted a position as a Teacher Assistant with Saint Paul Public Schools.  This role turned out to be a true calling to her life’s work.  Rebecca had a God-given gift to help young elementary children realize the joy of learning, from reading to math to behaving in the classroom.  Rebecca was respected, loved, and will be long remembered by her many students.

Rebecca was deeply creative and artistic.  She made puppets, designed her own greeting cards, wrote poetry, enjoyed sewing and drawing, composed music, and was always drawn to anything that inspired original expression.

On November 26, 1984 on a beach in Hawaii, Rebecca married Steven Horton.  Together they enjoyed remodeling their 1898 3-story Victorian home in St Paul.

Rebecca passed away peacefully of cancer on February 2, 2011 in her home in Saint Paul, MN.

Rebecca is preceded in death by her husband, Steve, her father, Lionel (Bud) Landby, her brother Peter Landby, and dog, Tooly, her devoted companion of 11 years.

Rebecca is survived by her mother, M. Lucile Landby, brother, David (Janet) Landby of Warroad, and sister, Mary (Kenny) MacDonald of Fertile, MN.  She is also survived by nephews, Sam and Andy (Danielle) MacDonald, nieces, Anna (Jason) Lenz, Rachel (Adam) Kopperud, great-nephew, Nathan Lenz, great-nieces, Lauren MacDonald, Isabelle Lenz, Sophie Kopperud, and many friends and relatives.

A memorial service for Rebecca Landby will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Warroad, MN.

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