Rachel Drienne Ray (1976 - 2017)

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Rachel Drienne Ray, 41, went to our Heavenly Father on Sept. 11, 2017, at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Lazy Mountain Bible Church in Palmer, Alaska, with Pastor Robert Lee officiating.
Rachel was born on July 5, 1976, in Palmer. She graduated from Colony High school, attended Alaska Bible College and Mat-Su Community College, where she studied Early Childhood Education, Medical Billing and courses in computers.
Rachel was employed by Ray's Childcare and Learning Center through 1992-2007 and 2011-2017; and Walmart from 2008-2009.
Rachel's hobbies were knitting hats for everyone, reading, collecting Disney and old movies, puzzles, bowling and singing.
Our Rachel was not a fragile flower; she was fragile as a bomb. She burst into the Ray household with exuberance and we never caught up. She never napped, was always busy, and had a lot of attitude and a lot of ambition. Rachel loved music. Rain, snow, sun or even moose, she would swing with her Walkman and sing to her heart's content. Later in life, she would only sing if everyone was gone, but still loved to sing loud. Rachel knew more movie and actor memorabilia than anyone I ever knew. Her memory was amazing and amusing at the same time. If I ever doubted her knowledge I would look it up and she was usually right.
Rachel loved people of all sizes and was generous to many. Her ability to claim and comfort small children was a big asset to her work at our childcare center. She could get children to relax or she could get them wound up, depending on the situation.
She enjoyed being THE aunt to her nephews and struggled when they were too old to hold and boss around.
Rachel was her own person. When others tried to limit her, she would find a way to make it work. She had a stubborn streak but she had an extra dose of kindness mixed in. Rachel saw the world in black and white, so her love for God was total. She was always concerned if someone she loved did not understand how important God was for their lives. We had many discussions about not telling people they had to have God, but showing them through her life how genuine God is. Her genuine smile and quirky spirit will be most definitely missed by her family and friends.
Rachel is survived by her parent, Douglas A. and Natalie R. Ray of Palmer; older sister, Angelia Ray of Inwood, Iowa; nephews, Shaylan and Greysen Ray of Inwood, Iowa; aunts, Sylvia Pedersen (Bob) of Missoula, Mont., Phyllis Tag (Richard) of Missoula, Mont., Daisy Langton (Red) of Drummond, Mont., and Esther Olthoff (Jamie) of Fairbanks, Alaska; uncles, Paul Hanson (Maggie) of Missoula, Mont., and Aaron Hanson (Wendy) of Wasilla, Alaska; and 55 cousins. She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Jeremiah Ray; maternal and paternal grandparents; and four cousins.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 24, 2017