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Rachel Steed Gamble Yandell, 88, of Charlotte, NC passed away March 15, 2012 surrounded by love at her daughter's residence in Asheville, NC. She was born October 2, 1923 in Hickory, NC to Connolly Currie Gamble, Sr. and Rachel Pugh Gamble. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband and companion of 48 years, Alfred Fleet Yandell. Rachel graduated from Mitchell College in Statesville, NC in 1942. She was a Registered Nurse for over 65 years, always proud of being a 1945 graduate of Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing (PHSON). Rachel served as Queens College school nurse while on a PH scholarship to obtain her Bachelor's degree in 1946. As a dedicated faculty member of PHSON, she served in several faculty positions educating hundreds of nurses over the years. In 1970, she transferred to Presbyterian Hospital's Continuing Education Dept. becoming a diabetes educator where she continued her love of teaching patients and family members. In 1979, Rachel earned a Master's of Education from UNCC. Rachel officially retired in 1984 but continued to work and teach at PH for an additional 26 years. As an indispensable member of PHSON, she was an active Alumni Association board member serving in numerous positions, most recently as historian. Over her long career Rachel earned the Presbyterian Hospital Alumni Assoc. Award in 1963, and the Carolyn Wilson Award for Excellence in Nursing in 1985. In 1979 she was inducted as an honorary member of the SECAS Honor Society of PHSON. Rachel was then honored in 2007, at the age of 83, with the NC Great 100 Nurses Award. Rachel was a founding member and former board member of M.A.D.E (Metrolina Association of Diabetes Educators). She was also a deeply committed member of Craig Avenue Tabernacle A.R.P. Church in Charlotte. She led two women's circles, was treasurer for Women of the Church, and served as a Sunday School teacher. While residing at Aldersgate UMC Retirement Community in Charlotte she served as chair of the Health Education Committee, helping to develop practices which supported elderly residents' healthcare. Rachel's busy life revolved around family, friends, church, and work. As busy as she was, Rachel still had time to enjoy gardening, canning and freezing, and quickly became a "country girl" with her Fleet. Together they shared the fruits of their labor with family and friends. Through all her years, she said the things most near and dear to her heart were friendships with new and old friends of all ages. Rachel was deeply loved, and she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her four children: William C. Yandell ( Gwen) of Richburg, SC; Charles F. Yandell (Pam) of Cashiers, NC; James Robert "Bob" Yandell (Pat) of Charlotte, NC; Linda Y. Smith (Jamey) of Asheville, NC; her brother, Connolly C. Gamble, Jr. of Midlothian, Va and sister, Bettie Rainey Gamble Bernhardt (Penn) of Summerville, SC; and her four grandchildren: Amy Y. Jones (Kevin) of Rock Hill, SC; Kate Y. Reece (Mark) of Winston Salem, NC; Rachel H. Smith of Asheville, NC and Sarah Rainey Smith of Asheville, NC; cousins, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to Teri Whitt for the companionship and care she provided Rachel over the past months, and to Dr. Jennie Barnhardt and Margaret Sorum (RN) of CarePartners Hospice for the loving compassion they gave Rachel as her health declined. The graveside service will be conducted at 10:00am Monday, March 19, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory, NC. The family will then receive friends at 2:00pm at the McEwen Funeral Home in Pineville, NC. The memorial service will follow at 3:00pm with Dr. John Hill and Rev. Hunter Roddey officiating. The family requests that memorials be made in lieu of flowers to one of the following organizations: Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association (200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 attn: Gail Reagan); M.A.D.E. Metrolina Association Diabetes Educators (Lucy Stringfield at momlbs@bellsouth.net); or CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care of Asheville (8 Sweeten Creek Road # A, Asheville, NC 28803). Bass-Smith Funeral Service in Hickory, NC and McEwen Funeral Service, Pineville Chapel, are in charge of arrangements.

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