STEVE LYNN
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Vail accident victim worked in Honduras helping people

VAIL " Becky Yarberry worked in Honduras, cleaning and stitching people's wounds for weeks with a humanitarian organization. That was one of many ways she cared for people.

"She would heal their hearts and make them smile," said Luke Wegner, a co-worker at Vail's Colorado Mountain Medical. "Becky always smiled. In her heart and in her face and everything she did."

Yarberry, 27, of Vail, was killed Monday when a pickup truck driven by Ofelia Medrano, 25, of Eagle, flew into the air from the eastbound lanes of I-70 and hit Yarberry's car as she headed west, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The accident is still under investigation, troopers said.

Yarberry had hurt her foot and was driving to Edwards for a physical therapy appointment to prepare for an upcoming triathlon, said her father, Dr. Steve Yarberry, who has played with the Breckenridge Music Festival for the last 21 years.

She was a dedicated triathlete, twice qualifying for nationals in Xterra triathlons, Steve Yarberry said.

She worked at the Knorr House on Main Street in Breckenridge when she was a teenager, according to family friend Cynthia Gordon, and was a popular babysitter in the area. Her stepmother, Valinda, has lived in Breckenridge for 17 years, working at Colorado Mountain College and with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

"Becky was always outdoors and out on the trails in the area," Gordon said.

Rebecca Yarberry was born Oct. 12, 1979, in St. Louis, when her father was in medical school. In 1998, she graduated from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood and in 2003, from Colorado State University with a degree in psychology after only five years.

At Colorado Mountain Medical, she began as medical assistant and became a clinical supervisor training and hiring medical assistants. She worked with her father, a family practice doctor at the clinic.

"We got to see each other a lot, that was nice," Steve Yarberry said.

Yarberry sang for in the Colorado Children's Chorale from second to eighth grade and she worked with them through high school and college, Schoedel said.

Yarberry and Wegner sat next to each other at Calvary Chapel, where Yarberry sang worship songs with the congregation.

"When you heard her sing, it was beautiful," Wegner said.

Before Yarberry's death, she came to have a strong faith in God, which brought her more joy in life, Schoedel said.

"You could tell by her face that she was a happier person," Schoedel said. "She treated people with love and kindness and everybody as equals with respect and dignity " the way we all should, all the time."


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