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Rebecca Atem Agborbesong

June 20, 1944 July 23, 2019
Rebecca  Atem Agborbesong
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Obituary for Rebecca Atem Agborbesong

Rebecca Baru Atem Agborbesong, 75, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home in Durham, North Carolina after a year long battle with uterine carcinosarcoma.

She was born in Ossing village, Cameroon, the first of 11 children, to the late Abel Tiku Atem and Emilia Bessem Atem. She completed her primary and secondary education in Cameroon and completed her college and nursing education in Germany. She was a retired nurse practitioner who practiced in Germany, Cameroon and the United States.

Becky was a remarkable woman whose life was dominated by 3 themes:

The first theme was her strong faith in Jesus Christ. She was a devout Christian whose words consistently matched her many good deeds. She served on the prayer, evangelism, world missions and children’s ministries for many decades.

The second theme was her love of children. She was a beloved mother of 4 biological children and countless adopted and foster children and grandchildren. Her home was nearly always full of children. A legendary Children’s Minister and Sunday School teacher, her work spanned several decades in Africa, Asia and the United States.

The third theme was her hospitality. Becky was an excellent cook who loved entertaining and whose doors were always open. Her warm smile and personality could light up any room.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Ayuk Agborbesong; and siblings, Helen Chendi, James Ebai Atem and Eyong Atem.

Rebecca is survived by her daughters, Patience Reich (Padget Spencer), Bate Agborbesong; sons, Tiku Agborbesong (Magdalene Emade), Ayogh Agborbesong (Florence), Hudson Ebotmanchang (Seraphine); grandchildren, Rea, Nathan, Jennie, Janice, Johnrowe, Jessejon; and siblings, Richard Atem, Susan Kleis, Lucas Atem, Haddison Atem, Dr Paul Atem and Meg Ossiander.

There will be no wake. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 27th 2019 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham, North Carolina with Pastor Olumide Olaomosu officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Duke Cancer Institute, Gynecologic Cancers Fund.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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11:00 AM 7/27/2019 11:00:00 AM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

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Maplewood Cemetery Final Resting Place

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

1621 Duke University Road Durham 27701 NC
United States

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