Former Advocate copy editor and online entertainment writer Rebecca Breeden died Friday following a year-long fight with ovarian cancer.
She was 35.
Breeden, a native of Pride, started working at The Advocate in 2000.
Ken Duhe, the newspaper’s news editor, hired Breeden.
“I remember that she didn’t have a lot of experience but she was so enthusiastic and knew so much about The Advocate. I thought I might be taking a chance hiring her but it worked out so well,” Duhe said.
Duhe said Breeden wanted to learn everything and work on every section of the paper.
She left the copy editing ranks in June 2005 to become an entertainment writer for the Advocate’s website.
“It was just like Rebecca to go work on something new and exciting. That was her personality,” Duhe said.
Following that job, Breeden left The Advocate in 2006 to become assistant managing editor of 225, a monthly Baton Rouge entertainment and features magazine.
Breeden, a longtime resident of Spanish Town, was the Spanish Town Mardi Gras queen in 2004.
Following her stint at 225, Breeden moved to New York City in 2009 and got a job with the National Sept. 11 Memorial Commission.
Last October, Breeden was diagnosed with cancer in New York City.
Denise Porter, one of Breeden’s close friends in Baton Rouge, said Breeden was somebody that everyone wanted to be around.
Breeden, an ordained minister, officiated Porter’s August 2011 wedding in Baton Rouge.
“Her family was very excited for us. There was some thought that Rebecca wouldn’t be able to have her own wedding so this was going to be her wedding,” Porter said.
“We all lost someone very special,” Porter said.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Ashley Manor, 14214 Old Hammond Highway.