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BLASINGAME, RACHEL MARIE, 16, was born June 23, 1986 in Dallas and passed away May 30, 2003 in Dallas. Services will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mesquite Church of Christ with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Anderson-Clayton in Mesquite. Memorials may be made to Valley Creek Church of Christ Youth Mission Fund, 1420 Pioneer Road Mesquite, Tx. 75149 (972-216-9440). Rachel was a junior at Mesquite High School where she was fourth in class standing. She served as officer for an on campus religious group and was very active in church camps, youth group, and mission trips. In the orchestra, Rachel played the viola and she loved contemporary Christian music. She was involved in school Theater productions and won an award as stage manager for the one act play. Her many hobbies included photography, traveling, reading, playing her guitar, and learning American sign language. Rachel had many, many friends and was looked up to by her brothers. Survived by her great-grandmother, Marie Spainhower of Carrollton, Paternal grandparents, Ross and Ruth Blasingame of Abilene, maternal grandparents, Dr. William and Eleanor Grasham of Carrollton, parents, Guy and Julie Blasingame of Mesquite, brothers, James Michael Blasingame and Joshua Adam Blasingame both of Mesquite, a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home 1111 Military Parkway Mesquite 972-285-5489

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jun. 2, 2003.
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111 entries
April 2, 2021
She was a good friend
Nicholos Villanueva
Friend
May 27, 2019
she was good friend
nick villanueva
Friend
May 27, 2019
nicholos villanueva
October 4, 2016
Nicholos Villanueva
October 4, 2016
After all these years you still one good friend
Nicholos Villanueva
January 13, 2016
Just thinking of you! Love and miss you daily!
September 16, 2014
Just thinking of you Rachel. Remembering the fun, goofy times we had in orchestra together. You really knew how to always make people feel special. I still have those earring you bought for me, not realizing I hadn't gotten my ears pierced yet. We had a good laugh, but those will be something I treasure always, along with all our silly memories. And you learning how to play time of your life on our way down to south padre on an orchestra trip. I think we got on everyone's nerves, but well worth it. Miss your presence.
Melissa Penton
November 18, 2013
I did not know about Rachel or her story until we were applying for ACU and looking for scholarships. I have read through the website and am very moved by what the family is doing to honor her memory. She obviously touched many lives while she was here in her brief time, and her family and friends are continuing to touch many lives well after her passing. Thanks for sharing her story. I will pray for the ongoing adjustment in your lives for the loss of someone that was special to so many people.
Bryan White
February 25, 2012
I can't believe it's been so long. I remember hanging out after school every day talking about God, playing music, laughing like crazy. It's amazing how many lives you touched on a daily basis, you really did glow, every single day. I see your smile and it makes me smile still.
Mark R. -Mesquite PD
November 8, 2011
I am very grateful to have stumbled upon this site linked with the scholarship opportunity. My heart goes out to Rachel's family. Everyday of life is a precious gift & is not guaranteed to us. We live each day as if it were our last, praying that God's mercy will allow us a long life. I pray that my daughter and all of the hardships we have faced will keep us humble and appreciative to whatever help we can receive. Always remembering to pay it forward. Daughters are angels that leave a lasting impression upon our hearts and in our souls, no matter where they are at, they will always be just a thought away.
Michelle Kovach
November 7, 2011
I think about you all the time. I was at my parent's house and I found pictures of us at the Texas State Fair, and a "treasure map" that you and I made. I've been trying to find a book you had that you let me read. I don't know the name of it though, but maybe it'll come up one day and I'll read it again and think of you. I miss you. God bless your parents and James and Josh.
Kim Bachman (Ladnier)
August 21, 2011
My daughter could not do what she is going to do without your belief and generosity. I know she will endeavor to represent this scholarship in the best way possible.
Leigh Mounce
June 28, 2011
I miss you so much.
Amber Rogers
June 27, 2011
I am honored to have a daughter going to ACU. She is also involved with the Special Olympics, among many volunteering activities. Thank you for your generosity; how beautiful you are to be giving a gift to others. What a blessing you are to the ACU students. God bless and comfort you.
Sandra Lima
June 27, 2011
Greg Wagner 988 - 2008
I live in Mesquite & have seen the sign with Rachel's name on it many times. I lost my son, Greg, in a drowning accident in 2008 and every time I see your sign I think of him. I'm sure they are friends in heaven. I believe we were blessed to have these beautiful children for the short time that we did. I have to believe that God has a plan for them, though we don't know what it is. May God's love give you comfort & strength for as long as you may need it.
Susan Jordan Wagner
June 27, 2011
Susan Wagner
March 10, 2011
Thank you so much for honoring the memory of your daughter by giving to ACU through scholarships. It's great to know that every day students are carrying out the values she embraced.
Linda Kemp
January 1, 2011
Rachel, you were a bueatiful little girl inside and out. You are dearly missed.
sally ladnier
November 14, 2010
RACHEL AND I WENT TO CHURCH TOGETHER. SHE WAS A VERY CARING,LOVING AND VERY HONEST PERSON. SHE WAS TAKEN FROM HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT A YOUNG AGE. SHE WAS A VERY CHRISTIAN PERSON. SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN YOUNGER THAN ME BUT I LOOKED UP TO HER SO MUCH. RACHEL I WILL ALWAYS LOVE U AND MISS U. I STILL REMEMBER WHAT U ALWAYS TOLD ME AND THAT MAKES ME GO ON EVERYDAY. YOU HAVE ALSO MADE ME TRY TO BE A BETTER CHRISTIAN, FRIEND, DAUGHTER, AND SOON TO BE WIFE.
RHONDA NICOLE BARNES
September 9, 2010
Rachel,
I am lighting this candle in your honor. You were such a sweet person, and I will never forget all the fun we had together in ASL. :) You are always in our hearts.
Melissa Holland (DeMasters)
July 22, 2010
Rachel
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. You were a very special Person to everyone. I wish I could go back in time so I could see you again. Rachel your story has touched so many lives. It has even touched my life. Rachel I know that one day I will see you again in Heaven. Miss You Lots
Matthew
Matthew Korn
March 3, 2010
Guy and Julie, I was the nurse that stopped to help Rachel and Tabitha. I often pass the spot on the side of road and remember back to that night. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her. From everything I have seen and heard she was very loved. I think of her often and just wanted you to know.
Heather Watson
October 21, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Blasingame,
I attended school with Rachel and was also a theatre student. I knew her for her smile and generous hellos. I see her picture when I often look in my yearbook and her name on the freeway. Thank you for the awareness and please know that you and your family are in my heart. May God be with you.
Krystal McBay
September 25, 2009
Guy And Julie

I just want to say that your little girl is in Heaven with her Savior. And everytime There is not a Day that goes by that I think about Rachel. Rachel made an impact on my life as well as many others who knew her as a good friend.

Rachel I am always going to miss you. You always had a smile on your face everytime.
Matthew Korn
September 25, 2009
Matthew Korn
May 29, 2009
Rachel is missed everyday by everyone even those that didnt really know her that well(especially ACU camp friends). I cant stop thinking how crazy it is that its already coming up on the anniversary and that its been 6 YEARS! It feels like it was yesterday....I have grown stronger and been able to forget about that dreadful morning(may 31st). when I found out I was so in shock I couldn't believe what I heard I thought for sure there was a mistake.
Anyway, Rachel we love you! Guy and Julie, James and Josh.... know you are loved by many.
Also, Tabi if you ever get a chance to read this, you are loved and always remembered and in many people's prayers!!

NEVER FORGET: Smile Jesus Loves You!
Emily Clare
April 21, 2009
Guy and Julie, Not a day goes by that I do not think of Rachel. I so wish things could have been differnt. She was a blessing to everyone who knew her. I can not look at Ross with out thinking of her. She was his first friend. I will always remenber this.
Brenda Reynolds
October 29, 2008
I miss you every day, you were the nices person to me and a good friend that anyone could ask for.
Nikki Keller
October 12, 2008
I miss you love of my life. Can't wait to sing 728b up there with you. Having a better singing voice has to be one of the perks up there, right? I love you.
~Tabi
Tabi Leonard
September 16, 2008
Not a day goes by that I don't remember that tragic day. I know Rachel is my guardian angel and that she is giving me the strength to persevere and finish nursing school so that I can fulfill her dreams of helping others. I miss all of you dearly.
Tosha Henderson
June 30, 2008
I still miss you but I know that you are in a much better place.
Titi
May 23, 2008
I want to thank you for sharing your story, and may God always be with you and your family.
Steve Christie
May 17, 2008
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STRENGHT!!
LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOU ALL.
FANNIE JONES
H.B.GONZALEZ EL
FANNIE Jones
April 26, 2008
Hey there.
We found out yesterday we're having a little girl. I'm so excited, because that means she'll be named after you- Rowan Marie. I can't wait to tell her all about you.
Amber Rogers (Bailey)
April 22, 2008
I went to Valley Creek Church of Christ on Sunday and saw the Blasingames. It brought back all those memories of Military Parkway Church of Christ. I remember babysitting Rachel when she was a little girl once. She was such a beautiful child. I cannot believe how much time has passed. You are all in my prayers.
CeCe Vokey
March 3, 2008
I think of Rachel every day and how her life has affected change in mine. I loved her very much and I have you all in my prayers every night.
Tosha Henderson
February 25, 2008
Guy and Julie, I was thinking of
Rachel tonight and just found this.
Think of you often and pray that
God will give you strength to face
each new day. I have her picture
up in my kitchen and think of you
everyday. May God bless you all.
In Him, Kim Grissom
Kim Grissom
December 28, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rodney Jones- Paramedic
December 21, 2007
Nicole barnes
December 21, 2007
i knew rachel for a while. we went to miltary park cofc together. we would also go to church camp together. i also remember going to her house and have bible study of there. she might have been younger than me but she was and is and will always be. I LOVE U RACHEL and I WILL ALWAYS. Guy and family i will always cont. to pray for yall.
Rhonda Nicole Barnes
December 20, 2007
I was blessed to have known Rachel tho only for a moment as a child. I remember being babysat once and playing some Super Mario video game for the first time I believe I was in third grade at the time...I saw a brief clip of her on the news this morning and it shattered me because off and on I reminisce of those past days and tho very few, she was a part of that. I am so sorry for it is truly a loss.
Stephanie Smith
August 8, 2007
we went to school together from elementary school until highschool. we were acquaintances, but at the same time it hurts to know that a someone who seemed so caring and loving could be taken away without any notice. my brother died in a fatal car accident about a year later, and it lets me know that you and him both had so much to give; i just hate that we will never get to see it or experience it. Kelly
Kelly Oliver
August 8, 2007
Rachel,
I can not believe that it has been more than 4 years now. it still seems like it was yesterday! i can still remember sittin in class next you in the 2nd grade and you were wearin that blue dress with the numbers and dogs and cats and apples on it. you were my very first true friend and there is not a day that goes by that i dont think of you! thank you for watching over me all this time and being my guardian angel all these years. i know that one day i will see you again and you will have that smile on your face. until i see you again....
love always
jessica
Jessie Hedman
May 31, 2007
4 years later and still, of course, in everyone's hearts.
Amber Bailey
May 30, 2007
Thinking of Rachel today.
Holly Southerland
May 21, 2007
I think it is wonderful that your loving family is creating a legacy in your name.

(excerpt from Ruth Ann Mahaffey poem)
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

Thank you.
Jack Peddy
January 31, 2007
Rachel, I never took the time to really get to know, which is really sad considering I met you in 7th grade. Oh if only we could rewind time and make everything right again. I miss you so much and never realized how much you did impact my life. I will always hold you in my heart, You will always be a part of me and the decisions in my life.
Angela Rowland
January 22, 2007
I miss you Rach.

Wish you could be there to see me walk down the aisle, but I know you'll be watching anyway.
Amber Bailey
January 7, 2007
take care of my momma... show her the ropes. i love you rach.
jen hernandez
November 7, 2006
Hey Rachel,
Although I didn't know you very well, I liked you from the moment I met you. Everytime I saw you in class you were just sooo happy. I always felt like we all needed to be more like you. I remember the last time I saw you, we were in Physics, and I glanced your way for some reason. You looked so thoughtful and at the same time a little sad, I dont know why but I felt like I needed to do something, and I gave you a lollipop I intended to give to someone else. LOL. You gave me the biggest smile. I will always remember that, I will always remember YOU. Always. Because of you, I've felt like I need to help others.I have and I will continue, because I know that's what you would want us to do. Bring a smile to the ones that need it the most. I miss you, Rachel.
Paola Martin
July 3, 2006
I didn't really know much about this site until yesterday. My daughter received one of the Rachel Blasingame scholarships and I was DEEPLY moved. I got a chance to meet and speak with Guy and Julie, and what a blessing it was. I did not realize what this scholarship was about until we went to receive it and that made it more valuable to me. I know, from what I've read, that Rachel wanted so much to go to ACU. My oldest daughter goes there and has been greatly blessed, as have we. I wish I knew the words to say, but I don't. I cannot even imagine. But I do thank Guy and Julie for all the work they have done in building this memorial, and I am touched by what I read here. Thank you, Guy and Julie, for the opportunity to send my daughter to ACU, and to share in your life. I hope I can return something to you someday.
Jason Ferguson
June 24, 2006
happy birthday girl!!
Carissa Mejia
June 23, 2006
Theres always that oen day that comes along adn you can only think about one person and this is our day, It's been so long but at the same time it feels like the years are just flying by. ACU is great Rach, i see now everything that you saw in it, i['m not going to lie, it has its cons every once in a while, but i really love abilene. I love the fact that i would have never even thought of it if it wasnt for you, i love the fact that someone i grew up with has impacted my future so much i love the fact that i cant forget you. I ask myself why out of everyone it was you who had to go, but when i see the lives youve affected and continue to touch i know why God took you, your still so perfect to me, and i strive to have the relationship with God i saw in you. i love you Rach, happy brithday!!! xO jennifer
Jennifer Hernandez
May 13, 2006
Rach-face...
I just found this... almost 3 years later. I think about almost daily... is that sad? They're not all sad thoughts, though. I have pictures of you everywhere... I smile everytime I pull out that lotion we bought at thespian convention... and I know that you are a part of me even today.

You inspired millions, as you continue to do so.

I love you.
Amber Bailey
February 12, 2006
Hey Rachel. Been thinking of you recently, so I googled you and found this nifty guestbook. Man, it's been nearly three years now. Sorry I haven't visited you in awhile, but with being so far away it's difficult. I'll try to stop by next time I'm in town. Stopping by here brings back so many memories. I hope you know that to this day I still refer to you as my best friend.

Love you and miss you,
Anthony Lecorchick
September 30, 2005
Wow is all I can say after reading all of these wonderful things everyone has said about you. I knew you just about from the time you came into this world. I never thought I would see you leave this world at such a young age. I have so many memories of you. I remember when I was leaving Valley Creek and moving to Denton. The church gave me a going away party. You wrote me a poem and had all the girls sign the back. I have it hanging up in my apartment to this day. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I'll never forget that aweful day. Charonne called me at 4 in the morning. I think we were all in shock. I feel your presence sometimes. I know that you are watching over us all. It's amazing how much of an influence you've been even after your death. I can only imagine the life you're living. I just can't wait to be up there with you singing "mansion, robe and a crown" you taught me that song at church camp one year. You were such an inspiration to us all and I'll always keep a piece of you in my heart. I'll love you always
kristi foreman
July 6, 2005
Rachel,
Two months ago I had a dream about you. I could not see you but I could hear you in my mind. I was at your house and you wanted me to find something for you. I was standing in front of a wooden bookcase looking through the drawers and all over. You would only answer with "NO" as I proceeded to look for something. In my dream I felt frustrated and I guess you knew it and at that moment I heard you clear as crystal say "look in the closet!" At that moment I woke up. The whole day I could not get the dream out of my head and so I wanted to follow it through. I got in contact with an old friend named John Baggert who helped me along the way. With some strange twist in events along the way I got someone to look in the closet and to my suprise there was nothing there. I feel better now and I have peace of mind. When I had the dream it was the day of your funeral only two years later. I realize I am not crazy for following the dream through, but I did realize that you just didnt want me to forget about you. But you know something I will never do that and neither will anyone else! We all love you and miss you dearly.
veronica cantu
June 26, 2005
Hey Rachel, this is Marianne. Sorry I didn't get to write this before your birthday a couple days ago. I just found this site. Well, Happy Belated Birthday, Rachel! It's been a little over two years since you've been gone, and I miss you so much. You were my best friend you know. You were the one that talked to me when we first met. You were the one that helped me pass my classes. You were the first true friend that I ever had. And I never got to thank you in the 5 years we had spent together. But I hope that one day, I will. Please save me a spot next to your mansion in heaven, even if it's just a spot where i can pitch a tent nearby. I want you to know that I wrote a poem for you, so here it is. I hope you like it. Thanks for always being there for me, and I will always keep and cherish my many memories of you.

Angel on Earth

As the indomitable darkness of pain and sorrow dwell in my soul,
I fight my way through to the unreachable light.
Within my heart lies an ever-growing lull,
I begin to lose my willingness to fight.

Please, dear God, give me the strength to carry on.
I keep sinking slowly into the shadows of the night.
Life as I knew it has disappeared and gone.
Joy and love are far from my sight.

Darkness continues to surround me, engulfing my heart and mind.
I can feel my life slowly slipping away.
It seems that paths of sorrow are all that I find.
Darkness controls my destiny; there’s nothing I can do or say.

As I lay all alone, I never realized that life could suddenly be cut short.
The mortal angel disguised as my best friend was taken back to heaven so soon.
She now dines with God and the rest of his angels in his court,
Sheltered from our world of chaos and the fires of everlasting doom.

And now I look back on the times we shared,
Realizing that I should not let the darkness win.
This angel, from heaven, a smile she’ll wear,
Hoping we’ll be reunited again.
Marianne Castillo
May 22, 2005
Dear Rachel,
I remeber my sister Crystal bringing you home from sixth grade when you were both in Mr. Langston's class.You were such a happy person.And your smile glowed with happiness.Who knew a few years later you would be leaving us.You left this earth knowing that God's plan for you was fufilled.Your purpose was to show others the same kindness you showed everyone around you.Because of you i thank God everyday for sending you.You became sort of my happiness in sorrow because i think of how happy you were.And know im trying to have the time of my life just as you did.I didnt really know you well .But somehow i knew you were an angel from god.When you left us.You made an impact on all of us.I want you to know now that your in heaven with no suffering.I pray for you and everybody ive lost everyday.Because i cant wait to exprience the glory your getting right now.Im listening to you favorite song Time of Your Life.They played it at your funeral.But it made me happy.Because i knew you were having the time of your life before you left.At the graduation of the class of 2004.They remembered you.You were supposed to be up there making the special speech that they do.But i know your always watching down on us.With god holding your hand.
We Miss you very much and Love you!

Love,
Carissa
Carissa Mejia
March 19, 2005
hey rach! im sorry it's taken me so long but i do mis you very much. i have known you since 6th grade and you were always there when i needed you. These past two years have been really hard on us all. Please for me say hi and i love you to lauren, blake, scott, lindsey, cheryl, and of course my boy kyle oliver. we need you here on earth please in some way show me your here. i love you!!!
tamatha wisdom
March 3, 2005
My mom used to talk about you a lot. What a great girl you were, how amazing your faith was. I wanted to be just like you. I wanted people to talk about me that way. My grandad conducted an orchestra once, and we saw you practicing before it started. You talked to me and my mom for a long time. A few months later we found out you were gone. I've never seen my mother cry that hard.
Abby Butler
December 9, 2004
Rachel,
we lost touch.. i just can't believe we lost touch for that long. i invited you to my graduation and find out you're in heaven. i couldn't believe it. you were my childhood. my bestfriend for 12 years and you were the greatest friend i'll ever have. i wish i could have stayed. i think about you a lot.. i have a picture of us on my mirror when we were little with your mom's avon lipsticks all over are faces. you're greatly missed.. but i know you're in a better place. i love you Rachel. i'll see you again one day.

Love always,
Kimberly Bachman (Ladnier)
September 24, 2004
Rachel & Tabitha 2002
September 24, 2004
Rachel 2002
September 22, 2004
3B loves Rachel!
September 22, 2004
A wonderful story....

> > > >> "The Heart "
"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began,
"I'll open up your heart..."
"You'll find Jesus there,"
the boy interrupted.
The surgeon looked up, annoyed "I'll
cut your heart open," he continued,
to see how much damage has been
done..."
"But when you open up my heart, you'll
find Jesus in there," said the boy.
The surgeon looked to the parents, who
Sat quietly. "When I see how much
damage has been done, I'll sew your
heart and chest back up, and I'll plan
what to do next."
"But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The
Bible says He lives there. The
hymns all say He lives there. You'll
find Him in my heart."
The surgeon had had enough. "I'll tell
you what I'll find in your heart.
I'll find damaged muscle, low blood
supply, and weakened vessels.
And I'll find out if I can make you well."
"You'll find Jesus there too.
He lives there."
The surgeon left.
The surgeon sat in his office, recording his
notes from the surgery, "...damaged aorta,
damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle
degeneration.
No hope for transplant, no hope for cure.
Therapy: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis:, "........
here he paused, "death within one year."
He stopped the recorder, but there was
more to be said. "Why?" he asked aloud.
"Why did You do this? You've put
him here; You've put him in this pain; and
You've cursed him to an early death. ..............
Why?"
The Lord answered and said, "The boy,
My lamb, was not meant for your
flock for long, for he is a part of My
flock, and will forever be.
Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain,
and will be comforted as you cannot imagine.
His parents will one day join him here,
and they will know peace, and
My flock will continue to grow."
The surgeon's tears were hot, but his
anger was hotter. "You created that
boy, and You created that heart. He'll
be dead in months. Why?"
The Lord answered, "The boy, My lamb,
shall return to My flock, for He has
Done his duty: I did not put My lamb
with your flock to lose him,
but to retrieve another lost lamb."
The surgeon wept..
The surgeon sat beside the boy's bed;
the boy's parents sat across from him.
The boy awoke and whispered, "Did you
cut open my heart?"
"Yes," said the surgeon.
"What did you find?" asked the boy.
"I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.
Author Unknown -

I thought this story was very fitting. My thoughts and prayers are always with my christian family. Especially, the Blasingames. I know through the Lord yall will find a way.
Joey Thompson
July 28, 2004
I have waited a while before writing in this guest book. I have read through the entries, and it never ceases to amaze me how much you touched this world. People have great memories of you that they will never forget. Though I did not get to spend much time with you, in March we were together at Sarah Medders' birthday party and I had contact with you through youth group activities. You were definitely the life of the party. Constantly smiling, and making all of us laugh. You touched me forever. I cannot wait to see you in heaven and to let you know how much joy your smile brought to my life. I strongly believe that God knew that you had completed His mission. You showed your love for God in everything that you did, and I believe that many will be saved because of the difference that you have made. I cannot believe that you have been gone for over a year now. It really seems like only yesterday. I hope heaven is just amazing, and I can't wait to see you there! Your legacy lives on Rachel. Anyone that knew you, even if only for one night, will never forget you. And through those people that knew you, many others that didn't know you will continue to be touched! God bless your family and friends.
Miranda Griffith
July 16, 2004
Rachel,
Words can't express how much i miss you! Not a day goes by I dont relive that day. I will never ever forget the last time I saw you smile at that softball game before the wreck. I know that everything happened for a reason and I know you wouldn't change it for anything and I wouldn't either. You have helped so many people and still are. I still go to church thinking your gonna be there, I even went to your house today and expected to see you, but I do know that you are there just not were i can physically see you. It's the hardest thing i have ever dealt with, but the only way i have made it is through God. im so glad for the blessing you have been to me and im sorry i havent been to your grave yet. i still dont want to accept your gone. I'll go someday. I Love You so much and I will NEVER EVER FORGET YOU. like you answering machine i heard over and over that night says, "I'm alive and well thanks to Jesus i just can't answer the phone." I hear that everytime i think of you and know that you are alive and well and i can't wait for Tabi to be with you up in Heaven. she misses you so much. THanks for everything. I'll never forget you.

In Him Always,
TJ
TJ Leonard
June 23, 2004
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGEL!!! RaCh ur 18 WOW!!! I got back from ACU today, and i missed you, we had a short devotional at the end of supper Mon. night and when i closed my eyes in worship, there i saw your face... no matter what Rach i know i'm at ACU for a reason, even though the community bathrooms did freak me out:), and i'm a little scared not knowing anyone.. i know that i'm going to be at ACU w/ you, your going to be there every step of the way... i'm never going to forget about you..so don't count on it!! i love you Rach, and not a day goes by that ur not in my heart. Just wanted to tell u happy birthday... "Happy birthday to you happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear my angel up in heaven happy birthday to you..." i'll buy you a lottery ticket:)...i miss you. love ALWAYS, jen
jen Hernandez
June 18, 2004
Rachel:

What an awesome young lady you are. You were truly the brightest star in the Valley Creek Youth Group, and you are missed tremendously. God just needed another angel, and he chose you! I can't wait to get to the pearly gates and see you once again. You were such a good influence on everyone you came in contact with. I have to keep telling myself that God sees the "big picture," and we don't. Only he knows why you were taken at such a tender age. But we love you, and I'll see you again someday. Save me a seat next to you!!! Love, Kay Higgins
Kay Higgins
May 29, 2004
Rachel,
Hey!! I can't believe that it's been a year. It seems like yesterday when you and I were playing mission impossible in the mall. I miss you more than I could ever say. Your smile is one that is engraved in my mind and heart. You left but your attitude and the love that our youth group shared with you is still here. Everyone misses you soooooooo much and just can't wait to see you up in the party in the sky. I hope Heaven is everything that you imagined it to be. You are still a living example in the hearts of many. I love you so much and each day you are in my thoughts the friendship we shared will never die. Your family is so awesome and James and Josh are two amazing people and they had a great big sister. I miss and love you. And can't wait to see you again. Save me a mansion next door to you.
Love you always and forever,
Kaitlin (treeline, lol).
Kaitlin Butler
May 23, 2004
jeff white
May 17, 2004
Hello Rachel,

I did not get to know you personally, but the short time that we were together at Valleycreek, I Amen everything that everyone says about you. When I tell my co-workers about you they assume that I am talking about a much older person, but I explain, no she was young and pure, and truly a Christian even at this young age, and touched so mnay peoples' lives young and old. I have three sons that were raised in the church, but they are non-attendees; if only they knew what you knew even before you left us! I miss you too.
Mary Vaughn
May 16, 2004
Rachel,
Well, girl, here it is, almost a year after your death, and everyone is still missing you just as much as we did in the beginning. I am attending what would have been your graduation in about 2 weeks and I really wish that I could see you walk across that stage! I will never forget hearing of your tragic accident just minutes after I graduated. We miss you so incredibly much! I think of you often. You were and still are such an inspiration to everyone who knew you. Thank you for all the smiles you brought to everyone around you!

To the Blasingame family,
You have to be so proud of your daughter. I would like to thank you for bringing her up the way you did! I won't ever forget walking past Rach's casket and seeing you guys smile and sing praises to our most Holy God. That inspired me to be able to keep on even in the toughest of times. Thank you so much for the impact that Rachel and your family has made on my life.
Tabitha Needham
March 15, 2004
Guy,Julie and Family,
Hey Just wanted to say how blessed I was to know you and your family. Rachel was a blessing to me and Ross. I still remeber all the times we had together and how much she enjoyed to get my clothes. I know she is where she always wanted to be. Hope you have a great week.
Love always
Rachel
Rachel Faircloth
February 26, 2004
Rachel,
We didn't know each other very well and only spoke a couple times. I remember you even from Shaw Elementary. Just before school ended at MHS, I came back from college and visited Mrs. Jones' physics class. You were in there and asked me if I still had the old mustang. Even though I had sold it, you still gave the smile of approval when I told told you it had been replaced by a pick-up....another Ford. This seemed like an ordinary conversation until I learned of your love for old Ford mustangs, and that smile will always be remembered. I still think about that unforgettable smile. The more I learned about your life, the more I heard about the love of Christ being shown through everything you did. Your impact and Christian influence is greatly missed.
-Brad
Brad Christian
February 10, 2004
RaCh!
Hey angel, sorry it's taken so long to write in here, but i just found it. You know i hav't forgotten about you tho, i know you can still here me. This year has been different without you, sometimes i think i see you turning around, or walking down the hall. I know your still there to listen, but i wish i could just talk to you face to face. Remember when we ust to just sit there and daze back to Elementary, and Girls Choir? Yea we were cool! Rach i love you so much, and i'm sO jealous that you are in such a great place with our father. Just keep lookin down on me, and visiting me in my dreams, because i've never lost anyone who i cared about, i've never lost a friend. And i don't want to start by loosing you. I got accpeted to ACU!!! YaY... i wish we could go together, but in a sense we are, there will always be a piece of Rachel Marie in me. I love you and i miss you. "I was just calling you to see... if your sleeping are you dreaming, if your dreaming are you dreaming of me..."
love, jen
Jennifer Hernandez
February 4, 2004
Dearest Rachel,
I never thought I would be writing in your obituary book. You are so young, younger than me, and yet you were the one who died. I don't understand why you left us here but I am so happy that you are up there with God because I know it's the one place that you have always tried to get to. I wish I could have told you how much you meant to me, how much I loved you. You were one of the only people I ever considered my best friend and I had to hear about your death from someone else. Had I known about it earlier I would have gone to the funeral but no one told me. Don't worry because I plan to come and visit you soon. What I really want you to know is that I love you and I miss you. You inspired me to live my dreams no matter what anyone else thought. It is so hard to believe that I can't call you up and invite you to another party or go shopping with you. Goodbye would not be fitting to this situation. Instead I will say Goodbye for Now and I will see you in Heaven.
Love,
Kristin Lynn Miller
Kristin Miller
October 20, 2003
Rachel,
I didnt know there was a guest book for you until I was thinking about you one day and looked on the internet at your obituary. I know that when we hit middle school and high school, we were not as close as we use to be, but every time we talked, you brought a smile to my face. you were always so full of life and so happy and I think that God wanted you there with him to brighten up his days. you will be missed down here but I know that you will be watching over all of us up there and that one day we will see each other again
Love always
Jessica
Jessica Hedman
September 4, 2003
To the Blasingame family,
My family sends our condolences to your family. We want to give you a standing ovation for raising Rachel to be a very Blessed young lady who truly loved God.She has blessed so many people touched many lives in everything she did. Her life is in a place in our heart. Thank you for blessing our family with such a wonderful daughter! Isaiah 61:1-3
Doug,Shawn,Keturah,Alex&Trent
The Bashelor Family
July 27, 2003
To James and the Blasingame Family,
I just discovered this site and read through the entries, many from former students of mine as Rachel was. I think about her loss every day as I have the order of service from the funeral on my dresser mirror. Her picture greets me and reminds me of the loss we all feel of someone taken too soon. James, I was so impressed at the words you spoke that day and so very proud of you. Your sister was such a beautiful, intelligent and caring young lady and I am grateful to have had the time with her in my classroom. I see so much of Rachel in you but I also see you as the unique individual you are. Go forward in your own shoes.
I noticed in the paper this past week that a barrier of some sort was to be built along the stretch of highway where the accident occurred. The Blasingame family should be very proud of this accomplishment. You have all been an inspiration to all of us.
love,
Patricia Lane
Dallas
Patricia Lane
June 21, 2003
Julie,
Marta and I are stunned by your loss. When I saw the article with the picture in the Dallas paper (online) and read what others said about Rachel, it made me realize how much your daughter had grown up to be like her mother. It took me right back to K-town to a high school student that I knew. Even though I have not seen you for years, I want you to know that we share in the sorrow of your loss.

Love,

Glenn and Marta
Glenn and Marta Molloy
June 9, 2003
Dear Guy and Julie:
We were so devastated when Luke called us to tell us about Rachel. We hadn't seen her in several years, but she grew up to be a beautiful young lady (just like her Mother and Grandmother).
She has just gone on ahead of the rest of us, and we'll see her again one day. Just imagine the things she now knows that we can only wonder about!
Your family is in our prayers daily.
Ken and Pat Molloy
June 8, 2003
Rachel. I am just so astonished. Rachel you were just the everything to everyone. Everyone who knew you, wished they could have had the relationship with God that you have. Rachel, you amaze me in every possible way. You were just the sweetest, nicest, coolest, smartest, most christian, and genuine person I have ever been blessed with knowing. The last time I saw you, you were crying because I was leaving high school. Little did I know a couple of days later, I would be crying because you were leaving the world. Rachel, God wanted you closer to him, because he knew that you deserved so much better than the world you were living in, and he couldn't wait to give it to you. I had never heard what was your favorite quote, until you wrote it in my friend book one day, when I was having a bad day. "Sometimes, God takes away our silver to give us Gold." I know that you have your gold now, Rachel, and well, as for us down here, well Rachel if someone like you was the silver that God took from us, then I just can't even imagine the Gold. Rachel, as you watch over me from Heaven, I will know that you are with us all, your friends and family, because I will see you in every smile I see, and I will hear your voice in every kind word someone says. Rachel, I will never forget such moments as "HEB backwards spells BEH" and "Can a sista get a fo by fo?" and all those other great moments that you and I had together. You were such a genuine gift of God that I am so happy that you are in Heaven with him, because I know that you are where you WANT to be, and you wouldn't trade it for the world. I can't wait to see you again, "one sweet day"...Til then Rachel, we all love you. I won't say goodbye, I will say, See you later...
Terrence Jones
June 5, 2003
Rachel,
I didn't know you as well as others, but I did used to play with you when we were little. You were an awesome person. I wish everyone could live the great christian life that you lived. I'm trying my best to do so. I used to sometimes talk about you and say bad things. But now I know that you didn't care what other people thought about you, and I think that is awesome. I guess I waited a little bit too long to tell you I am sorry for anything mean I ever said about you. But just so you know I didn't mean it. I cried when I heard about the accident. It was like almost like we were best friends. I miss you sooo much. Everytime I say you, you had a huge smile on your face. You had an impact on everyone. Whether they knew you personal or not. Please watch over everyone and help us to do the right things and to live our lives as you did. You are an awesome person who will never be forgotton. MHS will always remember you. And you will always be in our hearts!!!
Jennifer Robinson
June 4, 2003
Dear Blasingame Family,

I have never met you folks before, but I heard about the wonderful testimony of your daughter through a friend who works at Mesquite High School. I am a young Baptist Evangelist and I live in West Virginia at a Christian Camp for young people called Mt. Salem Revival Grounds.

I heard the news about your daughter's homegoing last night from my wife, and our prayers and deepest sympathies are with you today. I hope that God sends his peace to your hearts. John 14:18 says, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

I know that my words are probably of little comfort to your broken hearts, but I just want you to know, as a preacher I have told a lot of illustrations to young people about teenagers who lives end in tragedy because of bad decisions. But as I read the life story of your precious daughter, I realize that there are some young people who can look back on this life down here with no regrets! I was deeply moved by her testimony, and I would truly be honored if I could learn more about her life. I believe that it would be such a blessing to people.

Sincerely,
Randy Taylor, Jr.
Evangelist
Randy Taylor, Jr.
June 3, 2003
I never really new you .. but wheni found out i cred ,and i cried... I went today .... i am in shock .. you smile will be missed so much ...and we will all miss you
Cassey
June 3, 2003
To the Blasingame Family,
My heart goes out to you during this time of sorry. Rachel was a sweet young lady. She was the captain of the Screamin' Skeeters and she lead the group well. Please know that you are in myprayers. My health prevented me from attended the services but you were never out of mythoughts. If there is anything I can do for you, please call972-557-5758.
God Bless,
Carole Miles
Carole Miles
June 3, 2003
My dear friend,
I went to your funeral today. You should know, of course, seeing as how I'm sure you were watching. I was sitting there, listening to your brother speak, when I realized just how much he looked like you. Not only does he look like you, but it seems that he has the same caring spirit, the same special something that distinguishes you (and now your brother, I've realized) from anyone else in the world. All I could think about all weekend was how much we were all going to miss you. Our party won't be the same on July 13th, how could it be? But it wasn't until your brother was reading those Green Day lyrics that I realized how foolish I was being. Every time I hear that song, I'm going to think about you. Every time I get out my guitar to make yet another pitiful attempt at playing it, I'll think of you. Every time I hear a cheesy joke like that muffin joke, I'll think about you. Every time I see a green ribbon, the first time I drive on the highway, when I get really bored with my English class next year, when all my other Senior friends graduate next year, every June 23rd (Rachel Blasingame day in Texas by the way), and every time an old inside joke from this year pops up, I'll think of you. At first, the thought of ME thinking of YOU-yeah that's it- all the time scared me. I didn't want to be incredibly unhappy for the rest of high school, missing you around every single corner. But as I wiped away tears today, I realized that I won't be sad. Whenever I remember you, for years to come, I'll remember you as my happy, smiling, cheery, funny, beautifully bubbly friend who blessed my life more than I ever believed possible. I'm glad that I'll never forget you, Rachel, you are one of the most interesting, kind, and influential people I have ever known or ever hope to know. And I know, that if we're extremely lucky, every now and then you'll look down on us, cheering each and every one of your friends and relatives on to the end goal that God has for us. In any case, enjoy heaven, get the full experience because I'm going to want a personalized tour when we meet again.
With Love and Friendship,
Erin Elizabeth VanSickle
Erin VanSickle
June 3, 2003
Sometimes a loss is so overwhelming, the sorrow so great, that it's hard to reconcile ourselves to God's plan. It's that way with Rachel's loss. It was an honor to be her teacher, and a joy to keep up with her through Larry Lattanzi, her private teacher. Larry and I thought the world of Rachel and are stunned and grief-stricken at her loss. As sorrowful as we are, though, we know that it's up to us who were left behind to pick up where Rachel left off, to be better people, more loving to our friends and more concerned for the communities in which we live. May God grant peace to all who loved this amazing young woman.
Janet Paderewski
June 3, 2003
Rachel,
Lately, I've felt like you never left. Part of it may be a sense of denial, but I do believe you continue to live in Heaven. There's a great void here on earth without you. You were always shining everywhere you went. Though deep within us we beg for your return, don't turn your head back. Stay with Jesus! I rejoice that you are with Him, but I still miss you. You know what you did and the many impacts you made, so all i can say is: keep shining.

Agape!
-Matthew
Matthew Esquivel
June 3, 2003
Dearest Rachel,
I am at a loss for words... i don't want to believe that this has happened, but at the same time, i know that you're happier now than you have ever experienced on this Earth. You inspired me... you found an amazing joy in the Lord and i could always count on you to find the positive in the most negative of circumstances. There was never a time that you weren't telling someone of God's love or smiling at them. I remember the tuesday before school was out, you came and gave me a hug and we said our "see you laters." and the thing is, i know i'll see you later. Rachel, you were the most awesome missionary i've ever known - your ministry in 16 years is more than most adults have in their lifetime. We're all sad that you've left us, but we know where you are and that you'll never have to deal with this world again. You're in a place of no pain, all smiles, full of tomorrows. I can't wait to see you again. Thank you so much for your impact on our school. it won't be the same without you. i only hope that i can leave a legacy like the one you've left. no one will ever forget you, and your family is in all of our prayers. we love you, rachel, and we miss you. I'll see you later, my friend...
Ali Visor
June 2, 2003
Rachel, I cannot believe you are gone, you were the nicest person I ever met with the best smile ever created. Your smile could brighten up anybody's day, it sure did to me. I will never forget the last time I got to see your smile on Friday at the movies just before you saw Finding Nemo, and I told you that you would love it. I will miss you and you will always be in my mind, my heart, and my soul.
Randy Hernandez
June 2, 2003
Rachel, I don't know where to start. You were one of the best people I've ever met and thinking that now I'll be walking by the Theatre room without you there to wave hi to, waiting in Physics for the teacher without your smile to greet me, and without you to walk with me inbetween the few classes we had next to each other...I've come at a loss. I still can't believe that I won't see your smile, that I won't see your shining happiness, and that I won't ever get to see you on our graduation day...is a thought I don't ever want to have to realize. But, I know I must come to terms with this because I know you wouldn't want to see us so sad. You've touched so many lives that everyone also feels that empty void when a loved one is lost. I love you Rachel. You are loved by many and will forever be remembered as the beautiful and loving friend that you were to us.

And to those that also loved Rachel. If there is anything that I have learned from this...it's that we must not take our time here on Earth for granted. Don't wait to tell those that you love how you feel, because you never know if you're going to see them again. These days in our lives, we take so many things for granted. Stop. Take the time, it's the least we can do for those we love.
Jennyfer Nguyen
June 2, 2003
rachel, i hadnt gotten the pleasure of knowing you real well but you have impacted a lot of lives in a very special way. I admire you for your strong faith. You touched my friends lives and for that i am grateful. I know you are in a much better place and have gotten to walk and talk face to face with God Almighty himself and one day i will get to see you again but until then we all miss you and love you!
Kristin Bearden
June 2, 2003
Rachel,
I am sorry to hear about your accident. you were such a great person and an inspiration to all. No matter how your day was going, from start to finish, you always had a smile on your face. i will never forget that every morning when you would pull up to the school parking lot and park just a couple spaces away from me, if not right next to me, and everytime you would hit the parking curb. And everytime you smiled at me and held a thumb up. I am going to miss you. I will never forget the year we had in english, my 10th your 9th grade year. It was great being able to get to know you and pick on Eric with you. Everybody will miss you but God needed you now and that was his plan. I will see you in heaven when i get there- until then- keep an eye on me will ya? Smile- its contagious- even where you are. love ya- kayla
Kayla Hearne
June 2, 2003
everyone talks of how great of a person you were and how u brightned there days..i wish i could of gotten to know you..u were such an awesome person...i see many people that are very sad to loose such a wonderful person. thank you so much for being so great to so many people. i know that ur happy in heaven looking down on us and glad to know that so many people cared for you. even though i didnt know you as well as others..you will always be remembered as a happy person who touched so many. make sure to watch down on us. i cant wait to get to know you in heaven.your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. until we meet again. love always michelle
michelle ryan
June 2, 2003
Dearest Rachel,

I remember the first time I met you...it was at a church event, and you and I and Kevin Carbo were the only ones there from Mesquite High School. Kevin knew you from orchestra, but I, as the incoming freshman had no idea who you were. But my first impression was what a gift from God this girl is!! You treated me as we were friends forever. You always had a smile on your face, and brightened my day!! Why you had to leave me, I have no idea! But it was your time and I guess God wanted you for duties in Heaven!! You were the only other "church of Christ" girl that I hung around at school, and you truly were a blessing in my life! I will never forget you, and I wish I had said goodbye! But maybe goodbye isn't the word...maybe it should be see you soon or talk to you later!! Because no matter how much I will miss seeing you in the halls of school or at church events, I know that you are free from this world and happy in Heaven!!! You finally made it!! Way to go!! You deserve it, with the life you lived and all the lives you touched! I believe that you were an angel on Earth sent to do God's will! He has called you back! And I can't wait to see you again up there in Heaven!! I know you are up there looking down on me, and watching out for me! Thank you for the example you are to me!

Love, Sam <> <

P.S. Can I ask of you a favor? I would love it if you would say hi to my friends up there and save me a seat next to you on the table!!!
Samantha Bingham
June 2, 2003
Rachel,
Hello my dear..I didn't know you as well as others did, but I did go to elementary school with you all the way to highschool. Whenever we talked you always smiled and were always oh so sweet. I looked up to you so much. You were so awesome. You were caring, innocent, and well, *sighs*. You were in sacrifice, and first chair viola. I heard you play, and you gave me inspiration to keep playing the violin. Whenever I walked past you in the hallways...you smiled. I will always remember how you always had that amazing smile, and the pencil behind your ear. You always tried to help me out whenever I needed it even though I didn't always come to you. This is just too overwhelming. I know now that you are with the hands of God, and everything will be amazing there. Remember Mr.Langston in 6th? I remember a lot of the littles things...like you were tiny with short hair. You were so brilliant. I will see you in Heaven. No more tears for they are selfish. You left so much here...you've affected so many people's lives. It is so amazing. Theres not much more to say because I know you will hear my prayers. You'll hear me...I know you will. I'll see you later. <3.
Joann El-Aya
June 2, 2003
Rachel,
What can I say that everyone doesn't aleady know? You were such and amazing, and wonderful person! I know that you were a gift from God, sometimes I wonder if we really deserved you, but I'm so glad he gave you to us! I don't know how he ever let you go, because if you were mine I would keep you for myself! Your gorgeous smile could brighten the darkest of rooms, and it got me through some tough days! You taught me so many things, and touched so many lives, there is no way i can truely thank you enough! I love you Rachel, and it may be selfish but I miss you very much! I miss your Laugh and your smile, and everything about you, your spirituality, your purity! But I know that you are with God and that you are happy, thank you for everything I miss you, and I will always love you!
Shellie Nowell
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