Rebecca Elaina (Snyder) Eakes

“Becca” Eakes, 38, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away October 4, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House after battling melanoma with all she had.

She was born April 9, 1974, in Anaheim, California and moved to Topeka in 1976. She grew up in Topeka, attending Randolph Grade School, Central Park Middle School and Topeka HS, class of ’92. She married the love of her life, Justin Eakes, February 3, 2001. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2002 from Baker University and worked as a surgical nurse at KU Medical Center in Kansas City until this past June. As an adult she lived in Kansas City, Lawrence, and in 2008 moved to Blue Springs, Missouri. She lived her short life fully and well. In addition to her family her passion was orthopedic surgery. She was a free spirit and a spitfire who was funny and caring; she attended Winfield Bluegrass Festival for most of her 38 years, loved many kinds of music, and was a gourmet in the kitchen.

She is survived by her husband…the man who walked bravely with her through her life, her illness and her death, and two beautiful daughters, Tigerlilly and Violet, of the home. Other survivors include her mom, Saundra Snyder and dad, Bruce Henriksen of Topeka; brother, Keith Funkhouser, Santa Rosa, CA; aunt and uncle, Sharon and Dr. Robert Gander, Seattle, WA; aunt Sylvia Boyd, Orlando, FL; cousin, Todd Boyd, Plant City, FL; mother-in-law, Patricia Eakes, Topeka; sister-in-law, Valerie Eakes-Kann, Topeka; sister and brother-in-law Emily Eakes and Jason Foote, Lawrence KS; and too many friends to count.

Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. October 13 at First United Methodist Church, 867 Highway 40, Lawrence, KS 66049(On the southwest corner of Hwy 40 & K-10). Take Hwy 40 (6th Street) west from Lawrence. The west campus entry is on the south side of Hwy 40, approximately .2 miles past the K-10 overpass. If coming from I-70 take the Lecompton Exit West of Lawrence and go South to Hwy 40. Go west on Hwy 40 .2 miles.

A lunch will follow the service

 If you were thinking of sending flowers, consider instead donating to the Melanoma Research Foundation (in honor of Becca), or donate to Tigerlilly and Violet’s Education fund at <>.


  1. John Holzhüter on October 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    To Becca’s family; ardent hopes for peace in mind and soul and strong prayers for healing in your heavy hearts! Wishing you a rapid transformation from raw hurt into the silk-smooth wonder of fond memory and joy filled reflections of time well spent…

  2. Douglas Bordner on October 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to Saundra’s parents, siblings, spouse and family of friends.

  3. Lisa Elm on October 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I will always remember Becca with a big smile on her face. She is a true inspiration to all of us. She will truely be missed.

  4. Rick and Linda Gallion on October 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Becca was a beautiful young woman and a wonderful nurse and mother. She was loved by all her family. We want Saundra, Bruce, Justin, Tigger Lilly and inlet to know we are thinking of them in love.

    Rick and Linda

  5. Kate Howell on October 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I wored with Becca at KU in th OR. I am so saddened by her passing. She was always upbeat and positive and I admire her for that. She loved her family and spoke of you often. My heartfelt condolences

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