A tragic car accident December 30, 1990, near Mesa, Washington, took the lives of sisters, Rebecca Anne Robertson-McFarlane, age 30, and Rachelle Annette Robertson, age 25. The girls are daughters of Dayle R. and Linda F. Robertson, formerly of Battle Mountain, Nevada, now residing in Frenchglen, Oregon.
Rebecca (Bekkie) was born October 16, 1960 in Pullman, Washington. She married her dear friend, Robert McFarlane, who survives her, August 11, 1990, in Salt Lake City, where their home is; he is presently stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Panama. She succumbed of injuries December 30, 1990, at Kadlec Hospital, Richland, Washington.As the oldest Robertson child, Bekkie moved often with her family while her father pursued his education and managed various ranching operations in the Western States. She attended Kootenai High School, Harrison, Idaho, where she was active as a school leader in student government, cheerleading, volleyball and track, graduating as Salutatorian in 1978.
She attended college at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, where she earned a BS in Medical Technology and a Masters of Science in Medical Laboratory Science in 1989. For eight years she has been employed by the U of U Hospital, associated with the Regional Cancer Research Center for six years, where she was well-known throughout the western U.S. for her abilities in operating technical equipment and for the medical papers she published.
Rachelle (Rach) was born July 23, 1965 in Pasco, Washington, and passed away in the neighboring town of Richland, Washington, December 31, 1990. She lived in Battle Mountain, Nevada, at the time of her death.
Rach was the third of seven children and the family peacemaker. Most of her high school years were spent in Battle Mountain, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and worked after school at Royal Ace Hardware. She graduated in 1983 and continued her education at Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho, receiving an Associate degree in 1985. That fall, she began training and classes in dental assisting at Utah Valley Community College, Provo, Utah, graduating and becoming certified following a two year break to serve an LDS Mission to the Mazatlan and Guadalajara, Mexico areas. Rach worked as a dental assistant in Provo, and Battle Mountain prior to her current employment with Marigold Mining Company in Battle Mountain.
The Robertson family resided in Utah for several years. Both Girls attended schools in Blanding, LaSal and Farmington, Utah.
Bekkie and Rachelle are member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include Bekkie's husband, Roberto McFarlane, Panama and Salt Lake City; their parents, Dayle and Linda at Roaring Springs Ranch, Frenchglen, Oregon; brother, Jim, serving in the U.S. Army in Monterey, Calif.; sisters, Danielle, Marcia, and Robin at the family home; grandparents, Bonnie Robertson, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; Jim and Peggy Fromm, Leavenworth, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, many whom shared a memorable weekend reunion together only a few hours before the tragic accident.
The Robertson sisters were preceded in death by their brother, Lindsey Dayle in 1980; and grandfather, Raymond Robertson in 1989.
Joint Funeral services were held Friday, January 4th, at the LDS Church in Battle Mountain, Nevada, under the direction of Burns Funeral Home and Bishop Harley Mills. Interment took place in Leavenworth, Washington Cemetery.
Two memorials are being established for the sisters and may be sent to Dayle Robertson, Frenchglen, Oregon 97736,
or, 1st Interstate Bank of Burns, Oregon. 97720.
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