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Rachel Larue Willard Smith


1929 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Rachel Larue Willard Smith Obituary
RACHEL LARUE WILLARD SMITH Rachel was born January 9, 1929 in Sanitarium, California and died October 5, 2013 in Riverside, California. She grew up in Arizona where she attended elementary school taught by her mother. The family moved to Loma Linda where Rachel attended Loma Linda Academy, and she later attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, California where she met Leonard Smith, who would be her husband for 64 years. Together they raised three children, and helped raise a grandchild, then two great-granddaughters. Rachel worked as a nurse for several Riverside physicians, and after retiring started her own upholstery business to provide an outlet for her artistic talents. She was predeceased by her parents, Lola V. Preston Willard and Joel Alexander Willard, and two siblings, Marsalie J. Willard and David MacDonald Willard. She is survived by her husband, Leonard E. Smith; her children, Lenita (Smith) Gonzales, Leonard E. Smith, Jr. and Steve A. Smith; her grandchildren, Steve A. Smith, Jr. and AmberRae L. Smith Phillips; four great granddaughters, Kierra and Kyrie Phillips, and Jocelynn and Marsallee Smith; her siblings Rodney E. Willard, Marilyn Willard Anderson and Dudley Willard, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 25, 2013
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