Rebecca was born on April 16, 1982 in Olkesmet village, Simanjiro district Manyara region, in Tanzania, to Paulo Matinda and Elizabeth Ranga Koinesei. She passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 01:05am US central time after battling cancer for almost two months at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, Broadway, Fargo, North Dakota.
Rebecca grew up in a large family of six brothers and three sisters although one of her sisters passed away at an early age; she was the third in the family, which tells why she was such a sociable person. She started her primary (elementary) education in her home village from 1992 to 1998. Later on she moved from home to a boarding secondary (middle and high) school at MaaSAE (Maasai Speakers for Advanced Education) Girls School in Monduli, Arusha, Tanzania, from 1999 to 2005. After excelling her high school national comprehensive exams, Rebecca was awarded a competitive scholarship opportunity to study at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, where she graduated in 2008 with a BA in Business Management and Communication. Her education passion took her to St Cloud State University where she earned a MA degree in Social Responsibility in 2011, and later to the University of North Dakota where she was completing her PhD degree dissertation in Educational Foundations Research. She married Peter Morris in Fargo, North Dakota, on August, 15th of 2011, and made their home in Moorhead, Minnesota. Before death, she was a Data Analyst and Interim Director of the Academic Bridge program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead.
The beautiful Rebecca was a joyful friendly person filled with love for life in general and music in particular; she was a good singer and a strong dancer who never got tired of smiling and entertaining others. She enjoyed family life, dedicating unconditioned love for her husband and her children to the extent that she postponed her doctoral dissertation work so she can care for her family. She always extended her kindness and sincerity to other families, including being an ardent advocate for educating all kids, especially the underprivileged ones who grow up in environments where the value of education is not clearly known by the community.
She is survived by her husband, Peter, their two kids: daughter Abby (5 yrs) and son Andrew (18 months), and her eight siblings who are in Tanzania. Along with her immediate family, she leaves behind a ton of friends that include her research group members at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, her coworkers at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, her schoolmates and friends from all over the world. She will be missed by many.
Rebecca will be laid to rest in the Last Supper Garden of the Sunset Cemetery, in Fargo North Dakota, on December 2, 2017. Contributions towards Rebecca’s memorial fund can be made through a Wells Fargo Account Number 19563446999 Routing number 091300010 payable to the order of either Oliver Mogga or Godfrey Tadeo.