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Rachel Courtney Morrel

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MORREL - Rachel Courtney, "Every good and perfect gift is from the Father above." James 17:17. Rachel Courtney Morrel was granted her angel wings on Monday, June 11, 2007. The angels danced on December 9, 2005 at 2:20 p.m. From the moment God placed Rachel in our arms, we knew all things were possible through Him. Beating all odds, which she would do time and again, Rachel immediately attracted a following. Her international fan club and prayer warriors, literally numbering in the thousands, reach beyond our most humble belief. Each of you have blessed our family in unimaginable ways. Rachel's life would seem too short to many. However, those who have been touched by Rachel understood from the beginning she was a good and perfect gift from above and will be forever changed. Rachel's sweet smile could melt the hearts of those around her and though she rarely spoke a word, her voice and thoughts could always be heard. To the human eye, Rachel appeared frail at times, but one only had to touch her hand to realize she possessed strength, perseverance, and an ability to overcome incredible odds. With her courage she led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. Rachel was a quick learner, realizing at one month the importance of pink and satin - two of her favorite things throughout her life. "Pappa's Baby" could spend hours rocking in his chair while cuddling close to those she loved so much. Rachel enjoyed kisses, swinging, naps, and reading stories. However, above all eelse Rachel loved being in the presence of her two big sisters. To her, they were all that mattered! Alayne and Hannah's singing, dancing, laughter and hugs always made her smile. Their innocent and unconditional love set the standard for each of us and reminded us daily of this precious gift of life. With Rachel's passing we remind others that her life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss her everyday, especially her precious smile, she will forever remain in our hearts. Through her teachings about life, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be her parents. We are so thankful for all of those who have entered into our family's life in the past year-and-a-half. What a blessing each of you are and we thank God for allowing Rachel to send us on this unfamiliar journey. At times we despised the path we were on, angry, frustrated and lonely. But over time, and in our own time, we realized we truly are God's chosen ones. What a privilege to be selected by Him to care and love for this beautiful angel named Rachel, whose purpose in life was to bring love and lead us to friendships we would have only found thanks to her. Rachel leaves behind many wonderful friends, who unselfishly provided constant love, support and prayers. Rachel's love extends to her wonderful nurses, Lori Tucker, Rita Satterwhite, Rita Wood and Cindy Ellison. Thanks to their ongoing dedication, love and support, Rachel was able to survive some of her toughest medical challenges. She will be dearly missed by her special caregivers at the Saint Francis EOCP in Tulsa, OK and the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. All of these special people, too numerous to mention, provided Rachel with love and dignity in her life. Rachel is survived by: her loving parents, Dr. Dana and Mr. Reece Morrel, Jr.; sisters, Alayne and Hannah; grandparents LaReta and Reece Morrel and Y'Vaughan and Farrell Ramsey; aunts and uncles, LaRhea and Danny Dallis, Stacy and Glenn Neuman, Lori and Rod Ramsey; and cousins, Logan Dallis, Grace Neuman, and Julieanne Ramsey; and other great-aunts, great-uncles and wonderful cousins. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2007 from 3-9 p.m. and 10a.m.-1p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at Floral Haven Funeral Home. Private service will be held Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 3p.m., at Floral Haven with a Graveside service immediately following. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Little Lighthouse, 5120 E. 36th St., Tulsa, OK 74135, (918) 664-6746. VIEW AND SIGN THE ONLINE GUEST BOOK: www.legacy.com/tulsaworld
This obituary was originally published in the Tulsa World.

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Dear Morrel Family: Pam and I were saddened to hear of Rachel's passing as we have kept her in our prayers until now. We know she was a blessing to you all her days.

Dear Morrel Family,
My prayers continue to be with you all during this time of mourning. Rachel touched more people's lives than you know; she certainly touched ours. She truly still is a blessing.
I'd like to share the last stanza from a poem by an anonymous author that meant a great deal to me when my mother passed away:

"Let us go singing then, and not go crying; Since we are sure our times are in His hand. Why should we weep and fear and call it dying? It's...

Morrel family: I am so sorry for the loss of Rachel to you in this life. But I rejoice with you at her new life and her ultimate healing. You will remain in my prayers.

Reece, Dana, Alayne & Hannah-

At times such as this, words are inadequate to express the depth of our sorrow for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Reece, Dana and Family:

We were so saddened to hear about your loss. You have been in our prayers and will continue to be. God bless you and grant you peace during this time

LaReta, The story/tribute in the paper to sweet Rachel was the sweetest one I have ever seen. This has to be the most difficult thing you all will ever endure. But know that many, many prayers have been offered up on behalf of the family and now there's one more reason to want to go to Heaven.

Dear Sweet Rachel, we will miss your bright smile. We cherish each moment we were with you. We picture you on Jesus' lap and singing your special songs with Him. We pray for your lovely family each day as they learn to live without your presence. I know their strength in God will get them through as they look toward seeking you out in heaven by and by.
Love and kisses, Aunt Karol and Family

Dear Morrel Family,
Even though we never had the pleasure of meeting Rachel, we want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you.
My brother lost a three-year old son to cancer many years ago and we know the impact that it can have on the family. Remember that Rachel will always be with you - cherish all the fond and sweet memories of your beautiful child.
We pray that the comfort of God, family, and friends will accompany you through this difficult time. We...

Our very deepest sympathies to the Morrel family. You are in our prayers.