In Memory

Rebecca Bruce (McAvoy)

Rebecca Bruce McAvoy, known to her family and friends as Becky, died peacefully in her home near Warrenton, Virginia on March 1, 2015, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Becky was born on December 22, 1962 in a U.S. military hospital in Heideberg, Germany to the late William R. Bruce of Greenville, South Carolina, and Esther Elaine (Goodhart) Bruce of Negley, Ohio.

Becky received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and English from the University of Maryland, College Park. She later received a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, University College. Becky graduated from Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Class of 1980, in Frederick, Maryland.

Becky had a 20-year career that began in Training and Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of the National Capital Area (BCSNCA) in Washington, D.C. Four years later, she joined a Yellow Pages startup company, Chesapeake Directory Sales Company (CDSC) and held progressively more responsible positions that included Training Instructor, Systems Analyst, Project Manager, Systems Development Manager and Program Manager with an organization that went through two mergers evolving to become Bell Atlantic and then Verizon Information Services. She accepted a buyout package in 2003 and relocated with her twin daughters from Frederick, Maryland to Midland, Virginia where she got remarried. She married the love of her life, Sean McAvoy, and blended their families. Becky returned to working outside the home in 2007 with the Town of Warrenton and was part of the original staff that opened the Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility (WARF) and continued her time there as their Membership and Group Sales Coordinator for the next 7 ½ years.

Becky was an artist who loved to paint, make stained glass, jewelry, and other creative arts. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and music. But her most favorite interest was supporting and encouraging her four daughters in their academic, sports, extracurricular and volunteerism pursuits. Through her support of her daughters and her advocacy of Middle School and High School Music Programs, Becky became involved in the Band Booster Organization at Kettle Run High School.

She is survived by her husband, Sean Nelson McAvoy, and their four daughters: Amanda Christine Haislipp, Madeline Elise Haislipp, Blair Marie McAvoy, and Shannon Kimberley McAvoy, all from Midland, Virginia; her mother, Esther Elaine Bruce, and her brother, Michael Ian Bruce, both from Frederick, Maryland; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kim McAvoy and Thom Barrrett; and nieces and nephew, Allie, Ginny, and James Barrett, all from Broad Run, Virginia; aunts and uncles: Margaret and Richard Graper from Newark, Delaware; Marilyn and Robert Graper from Houston, Texas; Richard and Margaret Bruce from Taylor, South Carolina, as well as numerous cousins from across the country.

Services will be at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Reception to follow at the Stoneridge Events Center, 7373 Comfort Inn Drive, Warrenton, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Becky's name to the American Cancer Society at

~ Courtesy Moser Funeral Home

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03/01/15 01:58 PM #1    

Anita Moore (Hurst)

So sad to hear this news. I remember Becky with a sweet deposition. Prayers to her family and close friends. Anita

03/01/15 02:11 PM #2    

Michael Brown

I  first met Becky in the 10th grade. I was new to TJ and she always greated me, and everyone she encountered, with a smile and positive attitude. 

While she is gone, she is still with us, enjoying every day promised free of pain and  suffering on the other side.

Prayers and blessings to her husband, children, friends and family.

I hope her obituary is published here so I may honor her life in whatever way she and the family request.

03/03/15 09:39 AM #3    

Pauline Clark

Becky was such a lovely person in life and will be remembered with her gentle spirit - very sad to lose someone that is good in this world


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