Wednesday, February 3, 2010

For Rebecca

If you are like me, I don't watch American Idol... But tonight I will watch. I urge you to watch also. From my dear boss and her husband, Don and Susan Lear....

As many of you know, my daughter (Rebecca Joy Lear) died in a car accident as she returned home from her first semester at college a little over four years ago. My daughter’s college roommate (for that one semester at Belmont University in Nashville, TN) has been selected to have an audition. Her name is Vered “Didi” Benami and her Los Angeles audition will air this next Wednesday night, February 3rd. American Idol has purchased some photographs of Rebecca that a professional photographer took during one of Rebecca’s performances at Borders in December 2004. We know that Didi spoke of Rebecca in her American Idol interview, so we hope to not only see her interview when they air her audition, but also see photographs of Rebecca.
Don Lear

From Susan: Don and I have been really blessed by your friendships and we wanted to share “page 2-from the continuing saga” of life. We have had the privilege of staying part of Didi’s life as well as the lives of so many of our children’s dear friends. I think one of the blessings we have received as parents comes from the amazing relationships we experience with our children’s FRIENDS! “Lagniappe” as they say in New Orleans!

Anyway, in God’s mysterious plan, Didi and Rebecca became fast friends while at Belmont, Didi was encouraged in her love of music by Rebecca’s passion, and after Rebecca’s death, Didi promised us that she would always work to “get Rebecca’s music ‘out there’ as that was Rebecca’s great desire.” Well, I am not one for dreaming quite this large, but Didi has never stopped believing and working on her goals and now she is experiencing some pretty exciting opportunities and we wish her great success! It’s fun and a great reward to us that she has included Rebecca’s love of music as she tells her own story and we wanted to share all that with you because of your many kindnesses to us!

We pray for God’s best in Didi’s life and for the opportunity we have to encourage her and love her!

*Read about Rebecca here


  1. I am going to post this on my blog too. thanks! love you friend

  2. We watched - it was a nice tribute... so sweet. Rebecca seems to have been an amazing girl. Thanks for sharing. :)