Born on Jan. 13, 1921 in Beaumont, PA, she was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five brothers and three sisters.
She graduated from Mansfield State Teacher’s College in 1942. She spent several years as a civilian worker at a U.S. Army Signal Corps depot in Philadelphia and later returned to Laceyville to teach science and home economics at the high school. She met and married Robert Shaw in 1947 and together they spent three years in Germany as part of the rebuilding effort after WWII before returning to Laceyville and starting a family.
Rachel was an active member of the Braintrim Baptist Church serving with the Awana youth group, missions committee and ladies work group. In 2010, she moved to Seaford, DE to live with her son and his wife.
Earlier this year, she entered the Methodist Manor House assisted living facility.
Survivors include her son, Rob and wife, Heidi of Seaford, DE; daughters, Leslie and husband, Randy Wind of Ormond Beach, FL and Laura and husband, Mark Romanauski of Philadelphia; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
It was Rachel’s wish to not have any calling hours. Funeral services were held at the Braintrim Baptist Church Monday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Rev. Thomas Davis of the church officiating. Interment was at the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the missionary fund of the Braintrim Baptist Church, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA 18623 or the Slavic Gospel Association, 6151 Commonwealth Dr., Loves Park, IL 61111.
Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville.
Online condolences and remembrances may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com .