05/19/1970 - 05/05/2019
Rachel was a kind and trusted friend to many of the folks she met in her short time on Earth. Especially to the group of folks in the apartment house where she lived. She is survived by her mother, Rhoda Verkuyl, her sister Ruth Verkuyl, both of Myrtle Creek, OR. Her brother Gerald Verkuyl and wife Jackie of Sacramento, CA, her son Timothy James Ross (TJ) of Klamath Falls, OR. Her uncles, Charles (Chuck) Connitt of Modesto, CA and Leonard Verkuyl of Oakdale, CA. and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her father, George R. Verkuyl, a descendent of an early pioneering farming family in Shaws Flat, Tuolumne County, CA. and her beloved nephew, Derek Verkuyl.
Rachel attended Elk Grove Unified School District schools in Elk Grove, CA. Beginning Kindergarten at Pleasant Grove Elementary to Joseph Kerr and ending with Elk Grove Senior High. After graduation she went on to cosmetology school and became a skilled hairstylist. A skill she practiced anywhere she lived.
She lived in Yakima, WA and worked in the Yakima County Library System. She loved introducing children to books. She became the computer tech trainer for the library system, attended the Microsoft School in Seattle WA so she could train students, staff and others to the new computer system that she helped install in the outlying schools. Whenever one of those small schools out there needed help, she went even though it was snowing.
Rachel's health began to fail so she moved to Myrtle Creek, OR to be near family. She raised her son Timothy, who also moved to Myrtle Creek. They lived there with her mother until Timothy graduated from South Umpqua High School and subsequently joined the Air Force National Guard where he continues today stationed at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls OR.
Rachel had increasing health issues that required complex treatment. She moved to Eugene, OR to be nearer the doctors she needed. She lost her battle with diabetes complications in the early morning of May 5th.
She will be missed by her family and the many special friends she had in her apartment building.
Donations may be in her memory to National Diabetes Association
Interment will be private.