Rachel was born on July 9, 1983 to Scrapy and Marilyn Barnes. She departed this world on July 28, 2005, following a 3 1/2 year long battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma. She lived nineteen days after her 22nd birthday.
She is survived by her parents; a sister, Rebecca Slone; a niece, Sarah, three nephews, Andrew, Alex, and Shaun; one uncle,, David Cook; two aunts, Linda Smith and Debbie Renigar; and a host of loving cousins and friends.
Rachel was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Joe and Bertha Barnes; her maternal grandparents, James and Eulah Cook; and an uncle, James "Jimbo" Cook.
Rachel was a member of Toler Creek Freewill Baptist Church. She attended Pikeville Elementary and Pikeville High School where she was a member of the Pep Club, Speech and Drama Team, dance team, junior varsity cheerleading squad, and co-editor of the school yearbook her senior year. She was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students for four years.
She attended Morehead State University until she was first diagnosed. She later attended Big Sandy Community Regional and Technical College. Her goal was to become a computer network administrator. While attending school she worked at Food City- a job she loved.
Rachel was an unforgettable person. She was fun-loving, honest, ambitious, and independent. She had a tremendous love for her family, her friends, and her home. She loved computers, holidays and birthdays, music, driving in her car, going to the ocean, New York City, movies, and music. She was one of those people who was always positive - looking for the good in everybody and everything.
Her faith, courage, and strength were
immeasurable. Instead of asking, "Why me?" she would always say, "Why not me?" She touched the lives of so many people and made so many friends during the twenty-two years she was with us.
All through her illness she worried more about others than she did herself and was so grateful for what God had given her. When she smiled that beautiful smile, the love she had inside her came shining through. She was wise beyond her years and had an inner strength that only God could give.
Rachel had so much to deal with in her short time here, but she loved life and made the most of every moment. She endured to the end, leaning on her Lord, knowing that He would take care of her. She found in Him that “peace that passeth all understanding.”