Rebecca W. Stackpole (1804-1884) was a lifelong resident of Boston, Massachusetts, and was the wife of a wealthy leather dealer, Reuben Markham Stackpole. She was a student of Asa G. Eddy's, studying with him in August 1878. Her study of Christian Science led to her healing of a chronic bronchial illness. She joined the Christian Scientist Association on December 5, 1878, and was an active member, combining her work as a healer with her role as a missionary for the Association. She submitted her resignation from the Association on December 25, 1881, after writing earlier to tell Eddy that she was resigning.