Let the memory of Rebecca be with us forever
  • 64 years old
  • Born on August 29, 1953 .
  • Passed away on March 12, 2018 .

Rebecca W. Desrosiers of Grassy Creek passed away into the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 12, 2018. She was born in Oxford, North Carolina on August 29, 1953.

Rebecca fought a two-year battle with AML leukemia trying every therapy possible. During her fight, Rebecca’s treatment included several research protocols. Her participation in these protocols resulted in medical breakthroughs that will benefit future leukemia patients.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dr. Paul M. Desrosiers, by her godchildren, Rebecca Ascencio and Paul Pelayo, her sister, Jean Marie Borst, brother-in-law, Col. Howard Borst, niece, Lauren Marie, and parents, Charlie David and Eunice Winston, and Laura Ascencio.

Rebecca married Paul, the love of her life in 1975, and they were blessed with raising two godchildren and their namesakes, Rebecca Ascencio and Paul Pelayo. Rebecca and Paul met in Granville County while they were working at Granville Medical Center. She and Paul delighted in traveling the world giving their godchildren a perspective and appreciation for different cultures, customs, and traditions.

Rebecca graduated from Eastern Carolina University with a nursing degree. She worked as an active registered nurse, among other things, caring for patients and teaching childbirth education in dual languages. During her career, she helped countless patients without the financial wherewithal for basic medical treatment.

Rebecca lived a selfless life focused entirely on helping others. She has supported and assisted many families along the way. She has always fought and argued for the less fortunate and has been ready to help no matter the cost. Her impact and presence will always be felt because she has imparted and bestowed so much of her life on family, friends, and anyone that came across her path.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Grassy Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church burial grounds. Rev. Cameron Currin will be officiating the service.


Posted by Pam Luellen on 22nd March 2018
Such sweet memories of the days when Paul, Austin, and the twins were little. You were always so very kind and loving to all the kids. Heaven was waiting.
Posted by Brenda Daniel on 22nd March 2018
So sorry to hear about Rebecca. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Posted by KEVIN ALI on 21st March 2018
To the most beautiful person in the world you will be missed dearly Rebecca had the biggest heart and opened arms for friends and family a true angel she was with a beautiful spirit... caring and giving!!! God Bless her Family. from: Kevin Ali & John Hoffstead
Posted by Cory Wright on 20th March 2018
The impact of Rebecca’s selflessness, grace, humor, compassion, thoughtfulness, loyalty, strength, faith and love will forever live on in the hearts & the lives of everyone lucky enough to have known her... an exemplary woman though and through. Having been friends with my parents before I was even born, Paul & Rebecca (along with LR & LP) have always been just like family me. Such a blessing to so many...
Posted by Chris Murphy on 20th March 2018
Extremely sad to hear about the passing away of Rebecca. She was the most warm-hearted, caring person I know and I will always keep her in my thoughts. My deepest condolences to her Family & Friends.
Posted by Bill Hittel on 20th March 2018
Rebecca’s life has been a model for us all, a truly glorious creation by our Creator. Words are insufficient to express the appreciation our family has for all she did for us in our time of need for many years. She will live on forever in our hearts. God Bless her family and all those who have been touched in their lives by her.
Posted by Louise Johnson on 19th March 2018
So sorry to hear this. Rebecca and I were majorettes together in high school. Sadly lost touch with her afterwards. Prayers for her family and friends.
Posted by Paul Desrosiers on 19th March 2018
All my continuing love to the greatest wife and mother anyone could every hope to have!! Paul

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