Rachel Lewelling
(1975 - 2011)

Rachel Lewelling

Oregon, United States of America
December 2, 1975

November 6, 2011

Singing was Rachel's most beloved interest. She also loved being with her family, and was very involved in the music and arts ministries at church.
Rachel (RaLonde) Lewelling, age 35, wife of Brian and daughter of Ray and Isabelle RaLonde, died in Temecula, California. She entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long illness on Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Born December 2, 1975 in Portland, Oregon, she became an Alaskan girl in 1978, living 15 years in Alaska. She met Brian Lewelling in Alaska and married him on July 22, 1995. They moved to Ada, OK then onto Wagner, SD, and returned in 1998 to Ketchikan, Alaska for 4 years. Rachel gave birth to their daughter Hannah in Ketchikan. The family moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 2002, where her second child, Adam was born in 2004. The family, with the transfer of her husband, moved to Temecula, CA in 2008.

Survivors include her Husband Brian Lewelling, Daughter Hannah (13), and Son Adam (6), Father and Mother Raymond and Isabelle RaLonde, and Sister Colette.

Rachel suffered with aggressive systemic lupus and eventually leukemia that lead to a massive agonizing chemo-therapy, and all that time never lost her passion for Christ and His command to reach the lost.

Rachel’s passion was to follow the leading of her Lord Jesus Christ to reach the lost by serving first as a youth counselor and then 12 years as a worship leader. She conducted the role as a worship leader with skill and insight, being more than a function leader, but a spiritual leader of her worship teams.

Her ministry focused on people in need, where she lead counseling sessions, bible studies, and devoted herself to actively reach out to people in the name of Christ, running the race until her last day on this earth, even when suffering enormous pain.

We, her family, rejoice that her suffering is over and she is dwelling in the presence of the Lord she loved so deeply. Her mission is an example to all of us to nurture our relationships with Christ and continue His mission.

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Brian, I was just talking about Rachel, Adam, Hannah and you tonight(July 19, 2012) at the Valley of the Moon Park. How Adam loved to go to the park while Hannah was at school. I thought about visiting you guys every summer since 2010 but I knew you didn't have the same phone numbers, and didn't live off of 100 anymore. I went by your house the first summer I came back to work in June 2010. You had moved away from your house.
I'm so very sorry for your lost and that I didn't try harder to find out where you guys had moved to. Rachel took me in and you. I think about Adam and Hannah so very much. You all mean so very much to my life. I was at that park Valley of the Moon park tonight and was talking about Adam and the cute picture I took of him. He was 3 and holding 2 flowers (daisy's) one in each had. One was yellow and the other was pink daisy and he is looking down at them. I always wanted to give Rachel and you that picture. I know you miss Rachel very much and she was talked about so much by me, to my family. I remember how she was so kind to me and took my mama and sister to the airport when that girl ran into my car the night they were to fly out Aug. 2006. She came right over and picked them up and brought them to the hospital to see me and then took them to the airport and on the way she stopped so they could get food before getting to the airport. Rachel was always so giving, and you both brought me in and made me feel so much better about being in Achorage, Alaska. Hannah and Adam were talked about so much when I moved back to Kannapolis, NC. They were such apart of my life, Rachel, and you. I know it was hard for me when I lost my Daddy. I don't know how you are feeling but my heart goes out to you Brian, Hannah, and Adam. I just found out about Rachel's passing, her cancer online. I typed in your names to look to see where you lived in Alaska and this page popped up. I was so, so, very sad and was wanting to pop over and see you guys. See Rachel's smile, Hannah's cheerful jumping, Adams running around, and all of your greetings to me. To talk with you all like old times. I am sure you want to see Rachel most of all. I know you see Rachel each day in your children, Hannah, and Adams face daily. They both look like Rachel. God gave you two wonderful children and you can look into their eyes daily and see Rachel smiling back at you Brian. Brian you are in my prayers and would like to talk with you, Hannah, and Adam. Tell the kids hey and my heart goes out for you all. I am in Anchorage for the summer working and this is my 3 summer in Anchorage,Alaska but just spend my summer here and then I go back to NC. I'm here for a couple more weeks or less. Again maybe we will talk and get in touch with one another. I am praying for your times of need and being without your love Rachel.

Your Friend,
Michele Renee Beaver
July 20, 2012
Michele Beaver (Nanny/Friend Rachel, Bria)
July 20th, 2012
Rachel, besides singing and music was a big movie buff. She enjoyed watching movies about the human condition, and watching people triumph over huge odds. One of her favorites was "Shawshank Redemption" which is also one of mine. I recently watched it again, and could not help but use one of "Red's" quotes when he was referring to Andy after he escaped from prison.

"Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty when they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend."

I miss you Rachel so much, this is exactly how I feel.
Brian Lewelling (Husband)
July 3rd, 2012
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

Henry Scott Holland
Brian Lewelling (Husband)
July 2nd, 2012
"A force of nature"...one person described her. It took a little time to understand each other but what I finally came away with was a Sister in Christ and a friend for eternity. I'll never forget the day she broke down and "hugged". I enjoyed worshipping with her. She is missed! Brian and kids: the love of our Lord wrap you in His everpresent embrace!
kelly smith (friend)
January 18th, 2012
I remember the day that Rachel came bebopping into the Vineyard, seems like yesterday. So glad that you are rejoicing in the arms of our savior. I only regret our last time we saw each other, someday in heaven we will have a chat. I grieve with you Brian. I know the pain of the loss of someone we love very much.
David Rigg (Friend)
January 18th, 2012
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"Rachel, I miss you wilh all my heart and soul. Your babies are a beautiful reflection of your loving spirit in Christ and your physical stature of strength and beauty. See you soon my precious daughter. Love you forever, Mom"
Isabelle RaLone
June 13th, 2012
"Rachel. You are truly missed."
Lori Rowley
January 17th, 2012


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