Rachel was one of those girls that you aspired to be. She was beautiful, smart, talented, and had the kindest heart of anyone I had ever met. Rachel’s smile was infectious, and she seemed to leave an impact on everyone she was around. I consider it a blessing to have known her; the influence that she left on so many individuals will not pass, and neither will she, in our memory.
Rachel graduated from Foley in 2013 in the top ten percent of her class. She was a part of National Honor Society and was extremely involved in clubs, sports, church, and community outreach projects.
Rachel flourished in college as well. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and was a part of the honors college at Montevallo. She was majoring in elementary education and wished to be a teacher after graduation.
Rachel also shined in athletics as a three-time state qualifier for Cross Country and a three-year Varsity Cheerleader. She walked on to Montevallo’s Cross Country team this fall, and she was a gold side cheerleader for College Night.
At such a young age, her resume of achievements was so outstandingly impressive. The future was so bright for this girl who had so much potential.
Unfortunately, on Labor Day evening, the entire community was given the horrific news of her passing.
On the way back to Montevallo, Rachel was involved in a car accident and was life-flighted to Sacred Heart Hospital, where she lost her life two hours later.
It felt like a part of Foley High School was taken, there was such an emptiness the next day at school. Those who she touched so dearly were in shock.
I went to the funeral on that following Thursday; it focused on the positive, just like Rachel did. We heard touching stories from her Delta Gamma sorority sisters, mentioning Rachel’s wonderful outlook on life and her willingness to encourage anyone who needed it.
Perhaps the most memorable eulogy, however, was the one given by her cousin Meg Maurin. Meg encompassed Rachel’s personality and described her in such a loving way with just an acronym based on her name. I can’t imagine a more beautiful testimony of Rachel, which attributes to the beautiful person that she was.
The impression that she left on this school, community, and me, is permanent. Rachel’s caring personality and wonderful smile is ingrained in Foley High School.