Rachel Edmiston

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Mrs. Rachel Mae Kepley Edmiston, age 90, died on June 11, 2018, at home in Kannapolis, after a brief illness, surrounded by family, dear friends, and loving caregivers. She was born in Salisbury on Nov. 20, 1927, in her Gantt grandparents home on Fulton Street. Her parents were Thomas Oscar Kepley and Helen Gould Gantt Kepley, previously of Mitchell Avenue, in Salisbury. She only lived in two homes in Salisbury. She moved with her parents when she was in the first grade to the Mitchell Avenue address. She lived there until she married her husband Ed, Dec. 22, 1950. Her brother, Thomas Howard Kepley, Sr., husband, Ed Gray Edmiston; and older son, the Rev. Todd Gray Edmiston preceded her in death. She is survived by her younger son, B. Gantt Edmiston of Cary, his fiancé Tiffany R. Adams and her daughter, Victoria of Raleigh; a grandson, Robert Thomas Edmiston of Studio City, Calif., and his fiancé Rachael Angell. She has a number of cousins, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. Rachel moved with her husband to Kannapolis in 1951. She taught English and Language Arts for 30 years in the Kannapolis City School system. Teaching, traveling, flowers, and reading were her great interests. She especially held her former students with sincere endearment. She enjoyed traveling to most of the major countries of the world; was well known for the roses that she and her husband grew, and she was a member of two book clubs. She previously was a member of the Kneeling Gardeners Club, the Kannapolis History Associates, and the NC Retired Teachers in Kannapolis. She was also an avid supporter of the Kannapolis City Schools, and loved to play Bridge. She loved the NC State Wolfpack! Mrs Edmiston was an honor graduate of Boyden (now Salisbury) high school. She attended Salem College in Winston Salem, for two years before transferring to Catawba College in Salisbury where she earned an AB degree with a double major in English and Social Studies. She also earned a Masters of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in English and Curriculum Development, in 1976. She is a member of Kimball Lutheran Church in Kannapolis. Arrangements: A memorial service will be held at Kimball Lutheran Church in Kannapolis, on Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m., by the Reverends John Futterer and Liz Fisher. The family will receive friends prior from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at church. Burial will follow at Back Creek Presbyterian Church cemetery in Mt Ulla, NC next to her husband and son Todd. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Occoneechee Council, BSA, 3231 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, NC, 27604, in memory of Rachel Edmiston. Whitley's Funeral Home in Kannapolis is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Salisbury Post on June 13, 2018