“Rebecca Andrews Christopherson passed away on Tuesday, November 24th after fighting COVID pneumonia for a month. Rebecca entered this world on August 5th, 1962, 13 weeks ahead of schedule. Her parents, Barbara and Howard Andrews, were on a business trip to Oklahoma City when Rebecca surprised everyone and came early. That early entrance established her as a fighter early on. She grew up in the Houston/Conroe, Texas area. Rebecca became a big sister and mentor to Melissa and Trent, and was well known in the River Plantation subdivision for her skill at driving their golf cart. Rebecca graduated from Conroe High School in 1980, where she was an exemplary student, journalist for the school newspaper, and a proud member of the Golden Girls drill team. During her high school years, she was active in showing Arabian horses. Her prized western pleasure mare was named Zamara, and they were beautiful together.
Rebecca graduated from Baylor University in 1984 with a degree in psychology. While at Baylor, she was a loving sister of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She went on to the University of Texas at Arlington, earning a Master of Social Work degree. She worked at MD Anderson Cancer hospital providing counseling and assistance to families of cancer patients. Her desire to be of service to her fellow man led her to pursue a career in nursing. She obtained a BSN from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in December 1994. She worked with great passion in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for many years.
It was during the pursuit of her nursing degree that she met the love of her life, Chad Christopherson. Rebecca was participating in a nursing internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota when she met Chad at a party. Their daughter tells the best version of their meeting, “Dad heard someone really, really upset that the Houston Rockets game was not on television and went to see who was making all the fuss.” Chad and Rebecca were married in December 1995. Rebecca, a life-long Texan, and Chad spent their first winter together in one of the coldest in Minnesota history! They welcomed their first child, Aidan, in 1998 while living in Chicago. Bryce came along in 2001 in Gig Harbor, WA. Rebecca was immensely proud of her children. Her “main job” as she put it, was always being a mother for her children and making sure they had the skills and drive necessary to succeed in this challenging world. Chad and Rebecca’s devotion to each other and to their children was evident to anyone who knew them.
While Rebecca and Chad loved living in Washington state, they wanted to improve their quality of life and be closer to family. They planted roots in San Antonio and built a new practice, River City Cardiovascular. Rebecca’s heart was full, as her children and husband thrived in Texas, and she was once again a Texan. December 23rd will be Rebecca and Chad’s 25th wedding anniversary.
Rebecca loved animals, all Houston sports, Baylor football, the Seattle Seahawks, and most of all, people. In addition to gardening, she was a life-long learner and an avid reader. Her four-legged family members are grieving her loss along with her husband and children. While living in multiple different cities and traveling around the world, Rebecca had the opportunity to bless the lives of many people. She loved to learn about the history and culture of friends she met along the way. She saw the best in everyone and encouraged them to share their stories of overcoming adversity; it was her super power. She was especially proud of her mom’s survival story.
Chad describes Rebecca as a once in a lifetime person with a drive and love of life that is not seen very often. She had a passion for helping people and served on many boards of organizations with philanthropic objectives, among them the Junior League of Tacoma, the American Heart Association, Bexar County Medical Society Alliance, and Global Pain Association. She served as president for several and was a driving force for good. She tirelessly gave her time and money to help other people.
She is preceded in death by her loving mother, Barbara Neal Andrews. She is also preceded in death by her grandparents on both sides, Cornelius Harris Cox and Alice Morine Cox, and Howard Paul Andrews Sr. and Alleyne Murray Andrews. Rebecca, whose middle name Neal came from her mother and grandfather, held a special place in CH and Alice’s heart.
She is survived by her father Howard Paul Andrews Jr. of Conroe, TX, her husband Dr. Chad Richard Christopherson, daughter Aidan Andrews Christopherson, son Bryce Harris Christopherson, of San Antonio, her sister, Melissa Alleyne Fink and husband Michael (sons Will, Grant, and Matthew) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, brother, Howard Trent Andrews, and wife Cynthia (daughters Claire, Abigail, Caroline, and Katelyn) of the Woodlands, Texas.
Rebecca is also survived by her father and mother in-law Richard and Donna Christopherson and brother in-law Ryan Christopherson, wife Kris (son Jacob, daughters Shelby and Ellie) of Clarkfield, MN; and her special friends Juanita Sastoque (son Daniel Alonso), Carmen Sastoque, Judith and Alfredo Alonso (daughters Leslie and Annette) of San Antonio, TX.
Rebecca is dearly loved by her husband Chad, daughter Aidan, and son Bryce, along with countless friends, family and adopted family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. “