1920 ~ 2011
Our beautiful, mother, grandma, sister, neighbor, and friend, Rachael Webb, passed quietly from this earthly life December 21, 2011. Born June 17, 1920 to Heber Dairrel and Ella Leora Christensen. She was the eldest of four sisters, Lois (Murray) Gardner, Arlene (Frank) Pennock, and Bernice (Bill) Stromberg.
Her life was that of service. She valiantly served an LDS Mission in the Eastern States Mission from 1941-1942, and that was an anchor for all of her life. She delighted in telling of her experiences and the wonderful people she served.
On August 9, 1943 she married her sweetheart, F. George Webb, in the Salt Lake Temple and they were married for 53 beautiful years. Together they had nine children, Jim (Ann Marie), Alan-deceased, Susan (Randy) Bills, Carolyn Curtis, Steven (Angie) Webb, Debbie Webb, Patti Ward, Scott (Ann) Webb, Julie (Hal) Sharp; one adopted daughter, Eva Garcia; 46 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren.
She was involved in many organizations, East Millcreek Lions Club, Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers, and PTA just to name a few. She was an avid Ute supporter. She was a faithful member of the Valley View 7th Ward for 60+ years, where she held many callings, from Den Mother, Relief Society President, and her favorite, a Relief Society Teacher. Her love of charity and service to our Heavenly Father was truly manifest in her kindness to all. She tirelessly served Him. She wrote beautiful poetry and would often make us laugh with her ability to rhyme an everyday sentence. She was charming, witty, and had a contagious sense of humor.
Mom believed that life should be enjoyed, not just endured. Whether traveling to Lake Powell, the Arches, New York, Disneyland, as well as many
travels abroad, it mattered not. Sleepovers with grandkids, dinner, or lunch dates would often make her day, as long as it involved her family it made her happy.
Mom showed by her example one of life's greatest lessons, that love is not taught but it must be experienced. To Mom it didn't matter what you were doing she always made the most of it. You often heard her saying as quiet as possible that she "loved you the most," and you would never doubt it. In her final weeks she never lost her grace, beauty, and dignity. And often without a word she would look at you with her loving dimpled smile and beautiful blue eyes as if to say "I love you". Her legacy lives on through us and the lessons that she taught. Let us never forget to "not take any wooden nickels" and that life is a series of challenges. Let us choose to be happy, as she so graciously showed us.
Thank you, sweet mother, for teaching us with such courage and dignity the meaning of enduring to the end. You were truly an Angel on Earth.
Kind thanks to Roxanne Hadley who cared for her, to the Beehive Home and its entire staff for their love and tender care, and VistaCare Hospice for making her final moments peaceful. Families are forever.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 2, 2012 at 12 Noon at the Valley View 7th Ward, 2245 East 3900 South. Friends and family can visit Sunday Evening, Jan. 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church Monday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. The interment will be on Tuesday, January 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.holbrookmortuary.com