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Rebecca L. Lawler
Viewing: May 9, 2018 (Wednesday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: May 10, 2018 (Thursday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Of Poolesville, MD. Loving mother and wife passed away on May 2nd, 2018, after surviving breast cancer, only to have it return to her liver. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, John; her three sons, Edward, Robert and Paul; her sister Deborah McEvers (Don); and her late sister Carrie Deslauriers (David).

Born on December 24th, 1957 in Center Township, PA, to Paul and Carol Shoop, she was the youngest of three daughters. The Shoop family eventually moved to Silver Spring, MD, where Rebecca graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1975.

Four years later she graduated with honors at Shenandoah University in 1979. With her passion of playing French horn, her college experience allowed her to tour Europe and play in front of royalty with the college orchestra. She was so talented at playing the French horn that she was capable of playing the Mozart Horn Concerto without using the valves, which was recognized as a difficult feat.

In the spring of 1980, after years of potentially crossing paths as kids at IBW picnics, she started to date her soon to be future husband, John Lawler. They would get married three years later on June 4th 1983, in Silver Spring, MD, and they would have celebrated their 35th anniversary next month in June 2018.

Rebecca and John moved to Poolesville, MD, and in 1986 she had her first son, Edward, followed by Robert in 1988, and her last son Paul in 1990. She stressed to be a great mother first and always emphasized family. She lived close to both her sisters Deborah and Carrie. This allowed her to be around for many family get-togethers and she was able to see her nieces and nephews grow up and have kids of their own. She always enjoyed being there for her entire family and to be in their lives. She was a very big cat person, having five cats in 60 years, all Siamese, with Izzy as the last surviving cat.

Her passion was always music with her experiences of playing the French horn. She enjoyed listening to classical music. She was an avid reader, reading hundreds of books in her lifetime. Some of her favorite authors were Susan Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Anne Rice, and Dan Brown. She loved to cook and watch cooking shows, always learning new techniques and willing to try new recipes. In her spare time she enjoyed reading the newspaper and doing puzzles, including Sudoku, crosswords, and word searches.

She always strived to work hard and accomplish anything she put her mind to. She worked 14 years at IBM and then worked 22 years at LMI, just retiring in January 2018. In those 22 years at LMI, she forged many friendships and relationships that she cherished. She was looking forward to her retirement years, with a scheduled vacation to Hawaii, spending time in her second home in North Carolina, and planning to read and play the French horn more.

Friends may visit DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20877 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where a Funeral service will be held on Thursday May 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please hug or call a loved one, or donate to the American Cancer Society.

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