Rebecca Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Fowler Prill, 87 of North Platte, Neb., passed away at her home on Jan. 25, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Born May 7, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only daughter of Alice and George McLaughlin, she attended Catholic school during her young years and embraced the Catholic faith and was baptized when she was a teen. Her faith was the center of her life.
She married William Fowler at the age of 17 and had nine children, raising them in Croydon, Pa, where William died in 1981. Shel referred to her children as her rosebuds: William, Alice, George (who predeceased her in 1990), Margaret Mary, Monica, Matthew, Bernard, Joan and Thomas. She was involved in scouting when her children were young. When time permitted later in life, she enjoyed camping with her husband and family.
Her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse was achieved in 1973 after completing studies at the Grandview Diploma School of Nursing in Beaver Falls, Pa.
She moved to Florida to pursue her career in nursing and also to become a neighbor to her brother, George Mclaughlin, who also predeceased her. It was there that she met and married James Prill. Together they traveled to North Platte, Ne. on many occasions and even lived there for a short time. James passed away in 2000.
Having already retired, and due to her age and long life, Mrs. Prill said yes to the offer from daughters Monica and Joan to move to North Platte, Neb.
where they could provide her care. Mrs. Prill survived a tornado that destroyed her home in North Platte on March 18, 2012, though with injuries, which affected the remainder of her life.
Mrs. Prill had 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
A memorial has been established to the North Platte Youth for Christ and online condolences may be made at www.adamsswanson.com.