Becky grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High School. For the past eight years she lived in an independent-living community for young adults in Napa, where she worked in the hospitality industry, most recently at Silverado Country Club.
Levy died of a rare "sudden unexpected death" syndrome, a condition that affects about one in a thousand persons with epilepsy — so rare that physicians seldom inform families about it. Becky also was developmentally disabled, but received strong community support while in Palo Alto, according to her parents.
"We are so grateful to this community for the love, support and encouragement they gave to Becky while she was growing up," they said in a statement. They expressed particular gratitude to Sheila Mandoli and the Downtown Children's Center, Robin Doskey in elementary school, Janet Fox at JLS Middle School, Marco Dondero and Carolyn Ruck at Palo Alto High School, and the school programs "that allowed Becky to graduate from the same high school as her brother," Dave Levy, now of San Diego.
Becky also participated in the Special Olympics and the a horseback riding program in Napa that gave her chances to participate in "regular" activities, Nancy Levy said.
Her parents said Becky will be remembered for the special way she cared for people and "her incredible Becky bearhugs that she gave so freely."
She loved to do art projects and give them to friends and family.
"Becky loved animals, especially horses," Nancy Levy said.
The week before she died was spent happily with her immediate family in Napa, her grandmother in Los Angeles and her brother in San Diego.
"We had never seen her so happy," her parents recalled.
In addition to her parents and brother, Becky is survived by her grandparents, Maurice and Shirley Levy of Los Angeles, and by her birth family: her birth dad, Tim Azzaria, his wife, Lancie, her brother, John, and sister, Leila, of Millbrae.
There will be a celebration of her life in Napa on Monday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Silverado Country Club. The family prefers memorials be donations to her independent living center, Moving Forward, 1020 Clinton St., Napa, CA 94559.