October 29, 1990 – March 28, 2021
Rebekah Allyson Hensarling was born on October 29, 1990 with her Daddy staring right at her as she made her appearance and ran straight into the waiting arms of her Daddy at Heaven’s Gates on March 28, 2021. She has been waiting nearly 29 years to feel his hug around her again and we are so excited that she will forever walk hand in hand with the person she longed to see more than any other. We know she has not stopped talking and he has not stopped smiling after seeing his precious daughter again.
When you first met Rebekah, you might think she was quiet and timid. She was, but there was much more under the surface. Her voice wasn’t loud, but her heart was booming. She was sarcastic and witty. Had an opinion about everything. She felt everything so deeply, both good and bad. She could always empathize with those who were hurting and struggling. Rebekah loved books and read constantly. She was an obsessive list-maker and loved to check things off. Accomplishment made her so proud. She was Valedictorian of her graduating high school class. She was excited to be taking classes at Bossier Parish Community College and would share with her sisters and mom about the assignments she was working on, including a recent class game where she was supposed to take a hypothetical customer for as much money as she legally could. She hated that assignment. Even though it was pretend, she felt like a horrible person for even pretending to take advantage of someone.
Rebekah loved all things traditionally girly- the color pink, makeup, hair, jewelry, and shoes. Her Pinterest boards were dedicated to things she adored, from flowers to interesting homes to inspirational quotes and everything in between. She was beautiful. More beautiful than she ever realized. She was never very good at seeing what the rest of us knew was there. She was hard on herself but was learning to allow room for grace for herself. She was hopeful. She never stopped thinking the future held promise. Rebekah was as stubborn as the day is long and could hold a grudge for longer than anyone’s memory should last. She had a look that could cut through you. She could recall random memories clearly and was incredibly book smart with no common sense. Once upon a time, she drove like a grandma but as she got older she was a terrible driver who would never admit it.
Rebekah loved ancestry and learning more about her family that had come before her, especially her daddy’s side. She loved her family fiercely. They were the most important people in her life. Every picture she received in text threads was automatically saved. Her photos are filled with her biggest loves- her nephews and nieces. The role she most cherished was that of Aunt Bekah. She was tender hearted and wore her heart on her sleeve but tried her best not to let you know. She hated attention and crowds but craved appreciation for a job well done. When something was really funny, she would laugh so hard her eyes would squint shut and her giggle could barely escape. We want to hear that sound again so badly.
Welcoming Rebekah to her perfect Heavenly home were her daddy Gary Hensarling, uncle Rob Allen, uncle Albert Strittmatter, paternal grandmother Maxine Hensarling and paternal grandfather Grandpa Hensarling. Left to love her and miss her constantly from this side of Heaven are her mother Kathy Allen Hensarling, sisters Emily White (Andrew) and Krystal Procell (Brandon), two wild nephews Leo James White and Coy Brayden Procell, two sweet nieces Phoebe Rue White and Hadley Belle Procell, maternal grandparents Spence and Jane Allen, uncles and aunts Mike and Mary Hensarling, Gene and Melody Hensarling, Lynda Strittmatter, Carl and Karen Lemoine, and Laurie Ellis, cousins Brad Hensarling, Chris Hensarling (Heidi), Grant Hensarling (Cheryl), Sean Hensarling (Selene), Lauren Jones (Jacob), Sarah-Kathryn Hensarling, Landon Hensarling (Macy), Jennifer Marks (Charles), Jesica Chavira (Chris), Billy Lemoine (Aliscia), Kassie Booker (Aaron), Jacob Lemoine (Jade), Josh Ellis, Bethany Ellis, and numerous other extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 31 from 5-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Marion, Louisiana. Funeral services will be the following morning, April 1 at 10 a.m. at the church with interment following in Roark Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home of Farmerville. Pallbearers will be Brandon Procell, Andrew White, Brad Hensarling, Chris Chavira, Josh Ellis, and Jacob Lemoine.
We ask that you wear pink or other happy, springtime colors to celebrate Rebekah’s life.
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