Rachel M. Darst

June 30, 2009

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Rachel Darst

Rachel Darst

Rachel M. Darst, a longtime resident of Issaquah, died at Providence Marianwood on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. She was 94.Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. July 1 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way. A funeral service is at 11 a.m. July 2 at Flintoft’s, with a reception following. Private family burial will take place at Lower Hillside Cemetery.

Rachel was born Sept. 13, 1914, in Tagus, N.D., to Ira and Louise Dilley. She was raised on the family ranch until the age of 13, when she was sent to live with relatives in order to attend high school. At age 16, she and her family moved to Yelm, and shortly after, settled in Issaquah.

At age 19, she met Ivan Darst on a blind date. They married July 27, 1934, in Seattle. She and Ivan made their home on Mine Hill for nearly 75 years.

Rachel worked at the Issaquah Laundry for several years before starting work for Villa Care Inc., where she began as a nurse’s aide. She worked at several Villa locations, including the Issaquah Villa, for more than 20 years. At the time she retired, she was a director of nurse’s aides.

Rachel’s first love was her family and friends. She was an absolutely fabulous baker! She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, writing letters and was a pro doodler. In addition, she had a definite passion for music and dancing, and chocolate. She will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of meeting her.

Survivors include one son, Dennis (Lois), of Cle Elum; one daughter, Colleen Petersen, of Issaquah; four grandsons; two granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ivan in 1986, an infant grandson in 1981, four brothers and three sisters.

The family suggests remembrances to Providence Marianwood, where she received such loving care for the past two years.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

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