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Rebecca Lee Lister Zozaya

December 30, 1957 — May 28, 2024

Mount Pleasant

Rebecca Lee Lister Zozaya

Rebecca Lee Lister Zozaya of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and formerly of Traer, Iowa, passed away at her home on May 28, 2024.        

Rebecca was born on December 30, 1957 in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Jarold Lee Lister and the late Aileen (Scott) Lister. She grew up in Milo and Traer, Iowa graduating  from North Tama High School in Traer. She earned her associates degree from Marshalltown Community College (Marshalltown, IA) and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA). Rebecca married Reinaldo Zozaya of Caracas, Venezuela on July 7, 1979. They made their home in Cedar Falls, Iowa before  moving  to the Charleston, SC area in 1982 where they remained throughout her life. 

Rebecca was an elementary school and special education teacher in the Charleston County schools and retired from Midland Park Elementary School. She was a dedicated and talented educator and maintained special relationships with many of her students.

Rebecca was an animal lover and devoted mom to her beloved golden retrievers. She and her husband, Rey, opened their hearts and home to many goldens of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds as foster parents. She was an unselfish supporter of animal rescue. Rebecca also loved music, dancing, antiquing, decorating, baking and serving as a tour guide when family and friends visited Charleston. Her smile was beautiful and her laugh infectious.

 She is survived by her husband Reinaldo Zozaya of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; her sister Rozella Lister Stull (John) of Reinbeck, Iowa; niece Megan Stull and husband Kevin Deeny and daughter Ella of Dubuque, Iowa; niece Melissa Stull and husband Jason Burgart and their children Emma and Lucas of Edina, Minnesota; and her lifelong best friend, Margaret Sevcik Dedic.

To honor Rebecca’s memory, please consider a memorial gift  mailed to Grateful Goldens Rescue of the Lowcountry, Grateful Goldens Rescue, PO Box 2799, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578, or by going to their website at or other animal rescue organization.

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