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Rebecca King Schneider Gilliland December 2, 1950 - January 5, 2024

Becky was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, musician, teacher, healer, and friend.  In her youth she was considered a musical prodigy after writing and performing a complete piano concerto at age twelve. Some of her favorite memories of her childhood were singalongs gathered around the piano with her family and playing guitars with her brother and friends. This continued throughout her life teaching her kids, grandkids, and friends the joy of making music.

Her adventurous spirit led her to do things unimaginable to most such as hitchhiking across Mexico and fighting wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming.

She was a graduate of Cassady high school, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University Law School which she attended after being awarded a Merit Scholarship. After becoming an attorney, she formed a solo legal practice which she operated until her retirement. When asked why she was always a solo practitioner she would always say I only take cases I believe in and I always want the right to turn down any case I don’t.

She spent most of her adult life as an advocate for human rights She worked to protect abused women and children as well as anyone who she felt had been treated unjustly by the legal system she so proudly served. And if you were lucky enough to be her friend, she was always just a phone call away.

Her love of culture and travel were combined throughout her life. She equally loved being under the bright lights of Las Vegas or in the mystical desert of Sedona AZ. Whether she was taking a cooking class in a slum in Beijing or quietly meditating in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem. Strolling through a museum in Paris or hiking through Yellowstone National Park. Attending the theatre in London’s West End or playing cards with her grandkids. She was always all there. She may be dancing at a Phish concert with 35,000 people one day and attending a string quartet by candlelight a week later. No matter what, it was always with the same joy. She was one of those special people who was so comfortable in their own skin it always seemed as if she had been born to be wherever she was. Her light will shine on.


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    Joyce Arcisz says

    I will always have fond memories of your mom, Alicin.

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