Rachel's Story

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Rachel Louise Hawkins, 96, passed away peacefully Sunday (May 14, 2017) at St. Barbara's Nursing Home.
Rachel was born June 12, 1920, the daughter of Reefer Rebecca (Huffman) Schultz and Charles Goetleib Schultz.
She married Ensel J. Hawkins, Jr. on Oct. 4, 1940. He preceded her in death in 1969.
Rachel was a life-long resident of Fairmont, born in the coal mining community of Watson. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1938. She worked for First Federal Savings and Loan and later retired from Barrack Motor Company.
Rachel enjoyed bowling and the many friends she met through bowling. She received a plaque in Tuscon, Arizona in 2005 for bowling in her 25th National Bowling Tournament. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and missed her visits to Illinois when she could no longer travel.
Survivors include daughter, Jeannie (David) Caldwell of The Villages, Florida; son, Charles E. Hawkins of Fairmont and Deep Creek, Maryland; three grandchildren, Diana (Ben) Woodruff of St. Louis, Missouri, J.D. (Tammy) Caldwell, Murphysboro, Illinois, and Darrin Caldwell, Daytona Beach, Florida; and four great-grandchildren, Brandon and Drew Caldwell, Murphysboro, Illinois, and Payton and Reece Woodruff, St. Louis, Missouri.
Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-in-law, Charles E. (Agnes) Schultz, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mickey (Hawkins) and Carl Hess.
As per Rachel's wishes, her body will be cremated and a private service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Barbara's for their dedicated service to their mother.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barbara's Memorial Nursing Home, P.O. Box 9066, Monongah, WV 26555, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on May 16, 2017
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