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“Rachel was a great friend. She took me under her wing when I moved to FL. I was so homesick! She became my FL Mom. Ever since she was always trying...Read More »
1 of 1 | Posted by: Evelyn Seevers - Belpre, OH


Rachel Jessie Watkins, daughter of Ernest and Retta Hester, was born December 27, 1939 in Virginia. Rachel died May 13, 2017 in Perry at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Al Seeman, with whom she had shared a home for many years. Those years were mutually very special. Rachel enjoyed being a caregiver for Deb's family and they enjoyed her companionship, unconditional love, and unbridled spirit. A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday May 19,2017 at Hastings Funeral Home, Perry, Iowa from 4-7 p.m. Rachel had grown up under difficult circumstances, but always persevered with honesty and hard work. She worked in management for convenience stores, monitoring and correcting procedures for over 20 years. Rachel was married to Melvin Murphy and they lived in Gainesville, FL. After his death, she moved to Iowa to live near her family. Rachel loved to be busy: cleaning, gardening, and cooking her delicious comfort foods. But most of all, she loved her grandchildren and they loved her, treasuring the time they could be together. To sum it up, she understood how the world works, and shared that invaluable knowledge with her family. Rachel was preceded in death by her parents and husband Melvin. Her family will miss her dearly and cherish their many memories…daughter Deb Seeman and husband Al of Perry; three granddaughters, Sarah Swift of Boone; Merissa Wise of Des Moines, and Emily Seeman of Des Moines, two much loved great- grandchildren, Rachel Swift and Rowan Wise-Chevalier; and Evelyn Seevers of Belpre, OH, who she loved as a daughter; and friends. In deep gratitude, the family respectfully requests memorials in Rachel's name to Unity Point Hospice Foundation, 1415 Woodland Avenue, Ste. E 200, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, in lieu of flowers. Memorials in her name may also be sent to Hastings Funeral Home, Box 204 Perry, Iowa 50220.

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