Rachel G. Feather, 87, King, fell asleep in Jesus Monday at The Village at Morrisons Cove.
She was born in Klahr, daughter of the late Adam W. and Sadie M. (Claar) Colebaugh.
Surviving are three daughters: Bonita "Bonnie" Ickes and husband, Thomas, of Waldorf, Md., Yvonne Rice and husband, Arthur, of Mechanicsville, Md., and K. Rachael "Shelly" Kellander and husband, Frances, of Bridgeville; seven grandchildren: Chadwick Rice, Suzette Scarborough and husband, Christopher, Timothy Kellander and wife, Michelle, Betsy Kellander, Matthew and Phillip Ickes and Maria West and husband, Spencer; five great-grandchildren: Victoria, Keegan, Zachery, Sydney and Layla.
Rachel attended a one-room schoolhouse near her home. She was the only student in her class. Four years later, they were all transferred to Claysburg Elementary School. She graduated from high school in 1943 and was united in marriage with Clair C. Feather on Nov. 9, 1943, in Woodbury by Brother D.I. Pepple.
She was a waitress for 48 years, first at Howard Johnson, Bedford Springs, then J.C. Penney's Coffee House, retiring from Peggy's Diner in 1999. Throughout her career, she was known for her good service, and she loved her customers.
Rachel was saved at the age of 7 when she and her beloved Grandma Della were alone in an old-fashioned summer house in Cottontown.
She was an active member of Foot of Ten Independent Bible Church for 48 years. She dearly loved children and was known to most of them as "Miss Rachel" or "Grandma Rachel," and she treasured the gift of teaching God's Word. She taught Sunday school for 54 years and also children's church, Awana and Bible school in various churches in Claysburg, King, Upper Claar and Leamersville. One of the delights in her life was to be a special speaker at the events at the Blair County Christian School. She also participated in Christmas services and mother-daughter banquets. Many times the programs were written and directed by Grandma herself with "The Bride of Christ" her last one. Shortly afterward, 57 years of wedded bliss ended when Clair was called home on April 6, 2001.
In 2010, Rachel became a member of Claysburg Bible Church since she could no longer travel due to her health.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Claysburg Bible Church, 11751 William Penn Road, Imler, where a life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, Pastor Keith Showalter officiating. Interment will be in St. Mark's Cemetery, King.
Memorial contributions may be given to her church.
Arrangements are by Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg.