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Rebecca (Becky) Galbraith Linsz of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away at home and went into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 1, 2020 at the age of 78. Her death was the result of Non-Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver which had progressed to Liver Cancer.
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1942, she was the daughter of Seth Carradine Galbraith, Jr., and Florence Mae Larson Galbraith, both of whom preceded her in death; as did her sister, Joan Junilla Galbraith, who died one month after birth. She is survived by her sister, Natalie Galbraith Gray, of Arcadia, California.
She is also survived by her husband, Douglas Frank Linsz, whom she married at Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on June 27, 1970. She is also survived by two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren listed below:
Cynthia Florence Linsz Bowling and her husband, John Eric Bowling, of Chesapeake, Virginia, and their three children:
Kristina Addison Bowling, Claudia Lubov Bowling, and Michael Alexander Bowling
Gregory Douglas Linsz and his wife, Amy Pounds Linsz, of Easley, South Carolina, and their two children:
Charles Matthew Linsz and Elisabeth Amelia Linsz
Nathaniel Wesley Linsz of Huntington Beach, California
Allison Esther Linsz Mutsch, and her husband, Brian Tomas Mutsch, of Chesapeake, Virginia, and their two children:
Addison Joy Mutsch and Samuel Larson Mutsch
She graduated from Lehman High School in Canton, Ohio in 1959, where she won awards for her debating abilities. She then studied at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, receiving Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Elementary Education and English in 1963. She completed a Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1968. While there, she developed a love of Colonial Williamsburg that remained strong the rest of her life.
Mrs. Linsz gave many years of her life to Christian education. Prior to her graduate studies, the served four years as a 5th grade English teacher and principal at Keswick Christian Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. She also spent multiple summers as a Christian camp counselor at the Triple R Ranch in Chesapeake, Virginia. Later, she was the founder of Kiddie College for preschool children at Suburban Bible Church in Highland, Indiana in the early 1980s.
The most fulfilling years of her career were also her years of greatest impact. From 1984 to 2003, she was an English teacher and department chair at Norfolk Christian High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Beloved by countless students and highly respected by all of her colleagues, she was a favorite choice as advisor by students each year, and was honored as Teacher of the Year during her tenure.
Her most important achievement was the nurturing and training of her four children, as described in the tribute below, written by her oldest son:
Rebecca Galbraith Linsz
1942 ♡♡♡♡ 2020
Just before noon today, my mom slipped out of her weak body and will forevermore be in the warm presence of Jesus! She is now more alive than she ever has been, and never again will she be touched by pain! The great promise for all believers has been fulfilled. God has given her eternal life!
Her old body was always only temporary, and it's amazing to know that her tired, worn face is now brighter than ever before. Her labored breathing has been replaced with the everlasting breath of life. I like to imagine her now as a magnified version of the beautiful face I turned to in my earliest memories.
Her faith in Christ was her daily light and her moments of greatest joy were with us, especially when we were young. The days of bikes and big wheels, the local pool and first days of school. She often recalled how proud she was to walk around the block with her four children, wishing only to have had four more.
And we are all proud to be hers. She was kind and reassuring, always with an unswerving belief in each of us. Giving us the things we wanted or needed was a joy for her, and her most enduring gifts were the glimpses of Christ's love she gave us throughout our lives.
Simply put, my mom was the indispensable presence in our family. The one that I, my sisters, brother, and dad could not have done without. And now she is in heaven. I am so happy that she is whole again, yet sad that I will never again sit and talk with her during my earthly life. What a comfort to know that this separation is only for a short time.
Until we are reunited, we hold onto God's promises.
All born of the flesh will die.
All born of the Spirit will live forever!