Rachel M. Ely, 97 years, of Temperance, MI passed away Monday, January 6, 2014, in Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania, OH. The daughter of Albert and Jennie (Clough) Higley, she was born May 16, 1916, in Swanton, OH. She married Henry M. Ely in 1936 in Indiana and he preceded her in death. Rachel had worked as a Nurses Aid for Golden Haven Nursing Home in Toledo and had volunteered at the Lion's Den in Temperance. A resident of the Ivor Lindsey Community for over 5 years, she previously lived at the Luther Haus for 10 years. She loved to crochet, knit, and do crafts. Rachel thrived on being a people person. She also enjoyed traveling and was always on the go. She was a member of the Bedford Senior Center and a Lifetime member of VFW Post # 2898 in Toledo.
Rachel is survived by her loving son, Ronald (Sue) Ely of Ottawa Lake, MI; son-in-law, Dale Hillebrand of Ottawa Lake; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Deloris Hillebrand; granddaughter, Tracy Ely-Moore, and brothers, Dale and Jimmy Higley.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel, 8300 Lewis Avenue, Temperance, MI where the Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the donor's choice.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 8, 2014