Episode 158 – When Things Fall Apart: Surviving the loss of my husband with Rebecca King


with Rebecca King

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In 1997, at a very young age, Rebecca married her high school sweetheart and joined him in taking over his family’s generational farm. They jumped in with both feet determined to succeed and didn’t look back.

By April of 2006, they had completed their family of three precious daughters.

In January of 2013 the family farm became, Royal Acres Inc. Along with her husband and three daughters they were well oiled machines determined and thriving on their 2000-acre farm

Fast forward to Father’s Day, 2015. The day before was spent helping her husband fix the flighting on the grain auger in the morning and in the afternoon picking out a tie for him to wear to a friend’s wedding for that evening…A few days later…she was picking out a tie for her dear husband to wear for his funeral. He, 42, and her oldest daughter, 16, were hit head-on by a mentally unstable driver in a vehicle accident that claimed her husband’s life instantly and sent her daughter by STARS to intensive care at the University Hospital in Edmonton.

For days after, she struggled to comprehend. So unbelievable; they say it can happen to anyone, she never believed it, but she is living proof it really can.

Now, 7 years later, the family is still thriving, still grieving, and with one foot in front of the other every day, she is transitioning, preserving and maintaining what she can on Royal Acres.

Rebecca has so much information, pointers, suggestions, things she has learned and is continuing to learn, not just from the passing of her husband, but from life. She believes that sharing these things with one another is our responsibility as women, mothers and community members, to teach one another, be there for one another and remember we are not alone.


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Liberty is about unwavering quality and craftsmanship built to take on every task, every day. We respect folks who tell it like it is—even if it takes them some time to get to the point. So we’re telling you that our bib overalls are tough enough for your task. They work for farming the traditional way. They work for painting giant small-town murals. They work for backwoods engineering. They work for slow-smoking ribs. They work for hunting alligators in the Louisiana swamps. Heck, they even work for raising backyard chickens. Visit Libertybibs.com

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Katelyn Duban

Katelyn Duban

Farmer | Podcast Host | Coach

Welcome to Wild Rose Farmer! My name is Katelyn Duban and I am a first generation female farmer in Southern Alberta, Canada. I married into agriculture back in 2016 to my multigenerational farmer husband, affectionately known as Mr. Wild Rose Farmer. We live and grow on our families certified organic grain and oilseed operation. In the Spring and Summer seasons, I raise a small herd of meat goats and have previously raised bottle calves as well.

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