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Rebecca Paxton

Obituary for Rebecca Paxton

November 5, 1956 - January 22, 2018
Afton, Iowa | Age 61


Becky Paxton, 61, of Afton, died Monday, January 22, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Services will be 10:30 Friday, January 26, 2018 at Powers Funeral Home in Afton. Pastor Joel Sutton will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Afton. Open visitation will be 3-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Powers Funeral Home in Afton, with family receiving friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday. Memorials are to be determined in Becky's name. Online condolences can be made at

Rebecca Ann Paxton was born November 5, 1956 in rural Thayer, IA to Elizabeth Ann Eckels and Robert Lee Simon. She graduated from Winterset High School in 1974 and attended Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, graduating in May 1977. She started working in the nursing field at age 16, and worked as a nurse her entire life. On May 2, 1981 she was united in marriage to Rick Paxton south of Thayer at her grandparents' home. They settled in Afton where Becky worked at the Madison County Hospital before she moved to Bethesda Care Center as Director of Nursing. She did in-home daycare for 5 years before returning in 1995 to nursing at the Madison County Hospital, where she was currently the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Chronic Disease Program and Diabetes Education. Becky was a distinguished member of the year award winner in 2016 from the Iowa Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and also a Daisy award Winner in 2017. Becky was a member of the Afton United Methodist Church where she taught UMYF for several years. She loved spending time with her family, her granddaughter and loved scrapbooking in her spare time.

Survivors include her husband Rick Paxton of Afton; son Danny (wife Sarah) Paxton of Greenfield; daughter Rhianna Paxton (significant other Lancer Wood) of Afton; one granddaughter, Harper June Paxton, her father Robert Simon of Earlham, Ia. and two brothers Randy (wife Cathy) Simon and Rod (wife Jeri) Simon, both of Winterset.

She was preceded in death by her mother Elizabeth Simon; in-laws Richard Paxton, Mardale Paxton; uncle Miner Eckels, Jr, aunts Vera Jane Roan and Marjorie Grodt, her grandparents and nephew Brett Anderson.



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