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Rebecca  Elizabeth  Fowler Prill
     Rebecca Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Fowler Prill, 87, of North Platte, passed away at her home on Jan. 25 surrounded by her family. She was born on May 7, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pa., the only daughter of Alice and George McLaughlin.
     Rebecca attended Catholic school and was baptized when she was a teen. Her faith was the center of her life.
     Rebecca married William Fowler at the age of 17. They enjoyed their family of nine children, raising them in Croydon, Pa., where William died in 1981. Rebecca always referred to her children as her rosebuds. She was involved in scouting when the children were young. When time permitted later on in her life, she enjoyed camping with her husband and family.
     Rebecca finally achieved her dream of becoming a registered nurse in 1973 after completing her studies at the Grandview Diploma School of Nursing in Beaver Falls, Pa. She loved the field of nursing and devoted a lot of time to study in various fields of medicine.
     Rebecca moved to Florida to pursue her career in nursing and also to become a neighbor to her only brother, George. It was there that she met and married James Prill. Together they traveled to North Platte on many occasions and even lived there for a short time. James passed away in 2000.
     Having already retired and due to her age, Rebecca said yes to the offer from her two daughters, Monica and Joan, to move to North Platte where they could provide her with care.
     Rebecca survived the Mar. 18, 2012 tornado that destroyed her home in North Platte, though with injuries, which affected the remainder of her life.
     She is survived by her children: William, Alice, Margaret Mary, Monica, Matthew, Bernard, Joan and Thomas; 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
     She was preceded by her husbands, William and James; brother George; son George; and parents.
     A memorial has been established to the North Platte Youth for Christ.
     Cremation was chosen. A memorial service was at 11 a.m. Jan. 28, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. Additional services were held at a later date in Pennsylvania.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 1/30/2013
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