Rebecca Joy Lothrop
30 June 1963
6 September 1990
Rebecca Joy Lothrop, also known as "Punkin" to friends and family,
attended Christensen Elementary School, Junction Avenue Jr. High, and
Livermore High School with the class of 1982. She passed the GED in 1981 and
then went to Amador Adult High School to get
her diploma in 1984. Punkin used to hang out in cowboy ally at
Livermore High. She was also in the school marching band. She played the
flute very well. Punkin used to drive a little red four door Datsun 210.
The license plate read PUNKN16. She also worked for Safeway in Livermore.
Punkin was married in January 1985. She was married to a Marine. He was
abusive to her and their children. When she finally got enough courage and
stength to get out of the relationship. She was murdered by her husband in
September 1990. Punkin was strangeled to death. Then her husband tried to
bury her in the El Centro desert. We are very thankful to the
California Boarder Patrol to have found him in the act of digging the grave.
Her husband Michael Lafaver is in jail for his crime. He was charged with
second degree murder. They were living in El Cajon CA. She has two boys,
now 13 and 15 years old. They live with my mother in Idaho. We miss her
greatly. Punkin was a beautiful and sweet woman. She loved her children
very much, and was a wonderful mother. She was my only sister. We have a
younger brother also. We had alot of fun in high school, she was in the
class of 1982 and I am class of 1983. Memories are all we have now, and
there are some great ones. I am so thankful for the hard and good times we
---Ranona Johnson "Pepper"
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