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Rebecca Ann Arbuckle

1970 ~ 2023 (age 53) 53 Years Old


Rebecca Ann Arbuckle passed peacefully on August 24, 2023 in Cottonwood, Arizona at the age of 53. Born August 9, 1970 to Gayle Ann Tenny and Clarence Arbuckle in St Louis, Missouri, she spent most of her life in Kansas City. Later on, she visited and fell in love with the Arizona, and in true Becky fashion, she abruptly uprooted her life and moved there. She has lived out her days working, hiking, foresting, collecting rocks, admiring nature and animals among the beauty of the desert she adored. She was a licensed Massage Therapist and LPN who also held a host of other certifications as she loved learning and mastering things she was passionate about. If you know her, you know she didn’t let anything hold her back from what she wanted to learn and accomplish. She studied and learned much about the Native American culture and was adopted by the Lanapi Dakota Tribe, earning her the name Noc Chu Way Da She He La, "Path runner." An adventurous spirit, Becky loved reading, writing, creating, decorating, sending pictures and book excerpts to loved ones, garage sale shopping, scuba diving, traveling and hiking for hours on end, her motto was “the hotter the better”. She was a giving, sweet soul, always gifting people with little things or funny gag gifts with her childlike silliness to spread kindness and brighten their day.

She was preceded in death by her father, her mother and her younger brother Mahir AlHakim. She leaves behind her daughter, Tolanda Ann Wooden, Colorado, son Corey Glasper, California, sisters Kimberley Williams and Noelle Aipperspach(Steve) of Kansas City, MO, Bonnie Arbuckle, La Palma, California, Sunshine Bogart(Andrew) Las Vegas, Nevada. Her grandchildren Jaylen Craddock, Harmonie Wooden, Jordan Wooden, Kamryn Wooden and Alyssa Wooden, her great grandson Ny’Year Wooden-Craddock, her longtime partner and companion Lorenzo Dean, her fur babies Hunter and Mia, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many adoring friends and tribal members.

She was a beautiful woman who has left a huge hole in many hearts, and she touched the lives of everyone she met. She was one of a kind, a true free spirit who showed all she knew what it looked like to create the life you want to live, and enjoy every moment of it. People like her don’t come along very often and she will truly be missed. 

"She lost herself in the trees among the ever-changing leaves. She wept beneath the wild sky as stars told stories of ancient times. The flowers grew toward her light, the river called her name at night. She could not live an ordinary life with the mysteries of the universe hidden in her eyes."   -Chrisy Ann Martine






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