January 1, 1968 – March 5, 2021
Rebecca “Alice” Kiriba Tombe was granted her angel wings on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 53. She was peacefully surrounded by her family and friends after her battle with blood cancer and bone disease at Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
Rebecca was born on January 1st, 1968 in Ma’di Moli Village, South Sudan, to Darios Kiriba and Eugena Duku. Rebecca attended Kerepi Primary School, followed by Yei Junior School; and finished her education in Imatong Secondary School in Khartoum, Sudan. In 1992, Rebecca married her husband Francis Tombe in Khartoum, Sudan. The Tombe family grew in 1993 with the birth of their son, Nelson, followed by the birth of their daughter, Diana, and their last born son, Kiriba Tombe, in 2009.
Rebecca and her family moved to Cairo, Egypt in 2000. As a refugee, the family immigrated to the United States in 2002. Shortly after settling in Bellevue, Nebraska, Rebecca began working for Tyson Foods. Five years later, Rebecca accepted a position as a packager for Greater Omaha and worked until the end of her passing.
Rebecca was known for her genuineness, empathy, listening, and cooking skills. She was also known for making the best lasagna, traditional stew, and rice. Rebecca taught her grandchild and children honesty, responsibilities, leadership, and so much more. Her children will always remember her as an amazing mother who was kind, gentle, supportive, and encouraged them to pursue their goals. Rebecca’s family and friends would describe her as a dedicated mother, loyal friend, and great listener. Her sense of humor, contagious laughter, and smile will always be remembered.
Rebecca was an active and dedicated member of the South Sudanese, Madi Community, and Bari Community. Rebecca is survived by her mother, Eugena Duku; husband, Francis Tombe; children: Gloria, Nelson, Diana, and Kiriba; grandson, Chancey Tombe; siblings: Rose Liyo, Juru Jane, Domic Mude, Hellen Lemia, Monica Anduwa.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rebecca’s life. A VIGIL SERVICE is scheduled for Friday, March 26th, from 6PM-8PM at West Center Chapel. A FUNERAL MASS is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11am at St. Cecilia Cathedral with a reception to follow at Keystone Event Center. Father Buckley will officiate the ceremony. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. For the safety of everyone, please be mindful of COVID-19 precautions. Mandated masks and social distancing are highly encouraged. In place of flowers, please send donations to Rebecca Tombe Memorial Account through Wells Fargo Bank or “Rebecca Kiriba Tombe Funeral Expenses” via the GoFundMe website.
The family would like to thank the Madi Community, Bari Community, Nebraska South Sudanese Community, and everyone who has supported the Tombe family throughout this difficult time.
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Our sincere Condolences to the Kiriba Tombe family, friends and loved ones. Auntie Rebecca has fought a good fight and God wanted to suffer no more. He wanted peace for her and thus He called her home to rest. May you all remember her good deeds and all the beautiful memories you’ve shared with her as she watches over you from heaven.
May you all be strengthened and comforted during this painful difficult time.
Our family is with you all in spirit and praying for you all.
REST IN POWER QUEEN!
My condolences to the family my dearest sister Eujenia the mother and all the family,😭 their is not words to express my condolences and may she Rest In Peace, I I believe God’ will remember her when his time comes that is mentioned in the bible John 5:28-29. That’s the promise from God.
Sending my deepest condolences and prayers.
Rest In Peace Queen.
Late Sister Rebecca Kiriba, you left too soon from us. I cannot believe this. I had always hoped to see you again in South Sudan but this is all a dream now. I can forever not forget the good times we had spent together in Khartoum in 1990-1991. May our good Lord remember us all to meet in the resurrection morning when our Lord shall appear in the clouds of the Sky. Forever you are loved.
In sincere sympathy,