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Rebecca Mourey, 59, music teacher who became ALS patient advocate

by | Feb 17, 2023 | Obituaries

Rebecca Mourey

Rebecca Mourey

Rebecca Lin Mourey, 59, of Hopkinton passed away at home on Feb. 14 after living courageously with ALS for 2 1/2 years. She was surrounded by her family.

Rebecca, or Becky as she was known to friends and family, was born Jan. 27, 1964, to Mary and Neil Auble in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was their third child out of four. Her family eventually moved to Kentucky for several years before settling in Natick, where she spent most of her childhood and teenage years. After graduating from Natick High School in 1982, she went on to study clarinet performance and business management at the University of Hartford and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in music. After graduation, she worked for Aetna in Hartford until she had her children.

In 1984, during her sophomore year of college, she met James (Jim) Mourey, and they wed in 1990. They went on to have two children: Tyler, born in 1993, and Ali, born in 1995. Becky, Jim and their two children eventually settled in Hopkinton.

When Becky had her kids, she decided to dedicate her life to being a loving and devoted mother. She was a stay-at-home mom for the early years of both Tyler and Ali’s lives, and she became known as a fierce “mama bear” as well as a gentle, loving and nurturing mother. She became very involved in her kids’ lives, sharing with them her love of music and enthusiasm for life.

Becky was a passionate musician and began teaching clarinet in 2001. She was involved in her local musical communities, performed in various orchestras and became a respected and admired clarinetist. She eventually took on more students and began teaching music at Fay School and St. Mark’s School in Southborough as well as in the Hopkinton Public Schools.

In November of 2020, Becky was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Despite being diagnosed with a terminal illness that lacks a cure, she spent the time she had left tirelessly advocating for people in her situation. She was instrumental in the passing of the ACT for ALS legislation, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in December of 2021. Additionally, she tirelessly pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make new ALS treatments more speedily available — an effort that resulted in the FDA last year approving the new drug Relyvrio, only the third-ever ALS treatment to be approved.

Becky was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Neil Auble. She is survived by her husband, Jim Mourey, her children; Tyler and Ali, her sisters, Debra and Susan Auble, and her brother, Thomas Auble.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.

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