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September 21, 1970 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 53) 53 Years Old
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Rebekah Brisbane was born in Brooklyn, NY, on September 21st, 1970. She is the youngest of two daughters born to
Divina Gaskin and the late Joel Edghill. Given the family nickname "Becky," she was a loving, affectionate child that lit
up the room with her laughter and warm big hugs. She had a lifelong, inseparable relationship with her older sister, the
late Lydia Edghill.
Rebekah graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan, NY, and was a skilled seamstress, often
sewing her own outfits as a teen. Naturally dramatic and definitely "extra" in her expressions, at 18, she saw her cousin
on a national theater tour, and it ignited her passion for the performing arts. She moved to Albany over 25 years ago
where she attended Hudson Valley Community College. She later married Tarik Francis, and from that union, she had
two beautiful daughters, Xiomara and Xavia. She was recognized as a gifted performer in local and professional theater
productions and an active performer in The Black Theater Troupe of Upstate New York.
Rebekah married her devoted husband, Al Brisbane, on September 29th, 2012. She worked at Albany City Charter
Schools as an administrator before advancing to KIPP Capitol Region Public Charter Schools as a recruitment
manager. Rebekah has been a member of Macedonia Baptist Church for almost 30 years. She served faithfully as a
Sunday school teacher, in drama productions, in the music ministry, in the women's ministry, and as a co-facilitator of
the marriage ministry. Most recently, she and Al coordinated a marriage retreat even as she endured the challenges of
her health condition.
She was also an instrumental member of an online weekly intercessory group for children and families, Monday Family
Focus, where she made a major impact by increasing the membership. She was an avid community advocate and
longtime Mary Kay consultant. Rebekah was not only a fashionista; she was a beautiful, committed servant and
champion of faith. She was devoted to her husband and daughters, devoted to serving her church and community, and
determined to love and worship her God always.
She transitioned from labor to rest peacefully on November 4th in her home with her adoring daughters and husband at
her side, as she desired. Rebekah was easy to love and will be greatly missed, but a light that bright can never be
forgotten or dimmed.
She leaves behind husband Al Brisbane, daughters Xiomara Chauvan Francis and Xavia Cimone Francis, nephew
Jonathan Edghill, his wife Danielle, great nephew lan, great nieces Sariah and Jo'elle, mother Divina Gaskin,
sister.n.a Yolanda Brisbane. mother.In.law Diane. Bnshane. and a host or chershed family and treasured friendshins
You've earned your wings. Well done, true and faithful servant.