Rebecca Packett

Rebecca Jean Packett (Johnson)

Wednesday, February 17th, 1954 - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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1954 - 2021
Rebecca left this world on the morning of Friday February 19th 2021, just two days after her 67th birthday. She died peacefully at her home in Laurel, Maryland, with her husband Charles by her side. During Her five year battle with cancer she had a great three and a half years with the cancer in remission. The cancer was detected again in August of 2020. She endured chemotherapy for a second time from September 2020 through January 2021.
Rebecca Jean Johnson was born in Montgomery, West Virginia on Wednesday February 17th 1954 to William Harvey Johnson and Janet Viretta (Myers) Johnson. Her parents and her brother, Larry Thomas Wiseman, predeceased her. She leaves behind her husband Charles Emory Packett and their sons Alexander Eli Packett and Nicholas Elliott Packett. Her surviving brothers and sisters are Anna Louise Johnson, John William Johnson, Pamela Sue (Johnson) Fitzpatrick, Esther Jeanette Johnson and Mark Anthony Johnson. There are a great number of nieces and nephews whom she loved very dearly.
Rebecca, also known as Becky, R. J. as well as Buckaroo, relocated to Arlington, Virginia in the autumn of 1967 where she attended Wakefield High School. Graduating with honors in 1972, she received a full scholarship to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Leaving University, she entered the work force in Washington D.C. She worked at a couple of businesses before she started her career at The Mayflower a premier hotel in Washington, D.C. She started at The Mayflower on November 21st 1977 and worked her way up to sales manager, selling blocks of rooms for the hotel. Rebecca ended her career with Marriott International in 2013.
For those of you who loved Rebecca, think about how much she loved the beach, any beach with her toes in the sand, but especially Ocean City, Maryland. It was in Ocean City, Maryland that Rebecca and Charles had their first date on Thursday July 7th 1983 at BJ’s on the Water. They went on to get engaged in Paris, France in the spring of 1985 and then married on October 12th 1985 at Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Maryland. Rebecca certainly had a life full of joy and a great, great deal of love.

A memorial for Rebecca is planned for 1:00 PM April 17th 2021 (Rain date April 18th) at Cedar Ridge Community Church located at 2410 Spencerville Road (RT 198), Spencerville, Maryland. We will meet at the children’s playground located to the left of the church. This will take place outdoors so dress accordingly and wear a mask. If possible please bring a lawn chair. Any questions, please contact Charles at (301)776-3757.


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Rebecca Jean Packett to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
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    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 1:00pm
    Cedar Ridge Community Church
    2410 Spencerville Road Route 198
    Spencerville, MD 20868
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rain Date April 18, 2021



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Gail Packett

Posted at 08:21pm
Becky's passing has left a big hole in our family. I will miss your quiet ways, sweet smile, and your humor. I will never forget the cruise we went on a few years ago … we had such a fun time. I will also cherish the last Ocean City family trip that we took this past September. You were a joy to be around and you will be missed. Rest in peace, dear Becky.

Devon Packett

Posted at 11:52pm
When I think of my Aunt Becky I think of several things. The first memory being of a young me, wearing a brand new velvet green dress and shiny black shoes to my kindergarten honor roll that she bought for me. Another young memory; eating the best peanut butter and jelly ever, or swimming at Laurel's pool, or playing video games with my cousins or Christmases at my house. That pink corderoy jacket she gave me one year. All the Abercrombie and Fitch shirts. The list goes on and on. She helped me through my worst years of fighting with my sister, and gave me strong guidance whenever she could. We enjoyed her company on family vacations in O.C., looking forward to each year. Or the cruise we took one year together. Or the family reunions in Warsaw. So many wonderful memories to think back on and I miss her already.

Jim Packett

Posted at 05:23pm
Becky was loved and will be missed greatly. I will never forget all of the adventures that we went on together. Whenever I go to the beach I will think of her, with a good book in her hand. Rest in peace, dear sister-in-law.

Marie Angele Wilkinson

Posted at 09:04am
Becky (or R.J., as I called her!) and I met in 1977, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. It was the start of a long association which lasted throughout our lives. We saw each other through many phases of life - as two single women working downtown; as young wives, establishing our households; as mothers, raising our children. When we both married, we lived just a few miles from each other, shared the same friends, watched our kids grow. While in later years we didn’t see each other much, when you’ve known someone as long as we knew each other, they remain in your heart. Becky, thank you for your friendship which spanned decades. To Charlie, Alexander and Nicholas, you were her life and she loved you all dearly. May the warm and loving memories you have soothe your grieving hearts.

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