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New Fund Established at Community Foundation to Benefit Local Schools

Rebecca Mangus was a young and spirited individual who brought happiness and displayed compassion to everyone she met.  Following a battle with breast cancer, on January 30, 2013, Rebecca received her ultimate healing and “found her resting place in the arms of God,” said Rebecca’s friend and colleague, Tammy Parker.

A caring daughter, cousin, friend and teacher, Rebecca will forever be remember in the Mid-Ohio Valley thanks to a recently established fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).  The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was established by Rebecca’s aunt, Julia Thomas, and cousin, Janelle Thomas.  The mission of this fund is to provide monetary support to educators teaching at either the kindergarten or 1st grade-level at either Martin, Mineral Wells or McKinley Elementary Schools.  The distributions from this fund will aid in the establishment of a Teachers Reimbursement Program at each of the three schools.

Rebecca was born in Parkersburg, WV to Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Mangus.  She was a 1992 graduate of Parkersburg South High School.  After completing her undergraduate education at Marietta College, Rebecca received her Masters from Marshall University.  She then returned to the area and was a kindergarten teacher for the Wood County Board of Education.

Known to family and friends as an incredibly caring and passionate teacher, Rebecca will forever be missed.  As an active member of her church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, Rebecca found peace and courage through her fight with breast cancer.  When not dedicated to her teaching or faith, Rebecca was very active with supporting the Cancer Society and was passionate to help others with this disease.

Individuals that knew her both personally and professionally could easily recognize that Rebecca held a special place in her heart for her students and their well-being.  Rebecca went above and beyond to ensure that her students had an enjoyable and educational experience in her classroom and cared for them as if they were her own.

The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was created to help other educators make their classrooms an enjoyable and unique educational experience for its students.  Rebecca’s memory will live on through this Fund and for generations to come, recipients of this fund’s distribution will know how impactful Rebecca’s life was to her family, friends and students. 

Individuals wishing to make a charitable gift to the Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762.  Individuals wishing to make another form of donation can call the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.


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