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Visitation: 2:30 to 4:00 PM Saturday June 16, 2018 Kimball Lutheran Church
Service: 4:00 PM Saturday June 16, 2018 Kimball Lutheran Church
Interment: Back Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery Mt. Ulla, NC
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Mrs. Rachel Mae Kepley Edmiston, age 90, died on June 11, 2018 at home in Kannapolis, after a brief illness, surrounded by family, dear friends, and loving caregivers.

She was born in Salisbury, NC on November 20, 1927, in her Gantt grandparents home on Fulton St. Her parents were Thomas Oscar Kepley and Helen Gould Gantt Kepley, previously of Mitchell Ave, in Salisbury. She only lived in two homes in Salisbury. She moved with her parents when she was in the first grade to the Mitchell Avenue address. She lived there until she married her husband Ed, December 22, 1950.

Her brother Thomas Howard Kepley, Sr., husband Ed Gray Edmiston, and older son the Rev. Todd Gray Edmiston preceded her in death. She is survived by her younger son, B. Gantt Edmiston (Cary, NC), fiancÚ Tiffany R. Adams, her daughter Victoria, (Raleigh NC), a grandson, Robert Thomas Edmiston (Studio City, CA) and his fiancÚ Rachael Angell. She has a number of cousins, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Rachel moved with her husband to Kannapolis in 1951. She taught English and Language Arts for 30 years in the Kannapolis City School system. Teaching, traveling, flowers, and reading were her great interests. She especially held her former students with sincere endearment. She enjoyed traveling to most of the major countries of the world; was well known for the roses that she and her husband grew, and she was a member of two book clubs. She previous was a member of the Kneeling Gardeners Club, the Kannapolis History Associates, and the NC Retired Teachers in Kannapolis. She was also an avid supporter of the Kannapolis City Schools, and loved to play Bridge. She loved the NC State Wolfpack!

Mrs Edmiston was an honor graduate of Boyden (now Salisbury) high school. She attended Salem College in Winston Salem, NC, for two years before transferring to Catawba College in Salisbury where she earned an AB degree with a double major in English and Social Studies. She also earned a Masters of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in English and Curriculum Development, in 1976.

She is a member of Kimball Lutheran Church in Kannapolis. A memorial service will be held there on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm by the Reverends John Futterer and Liz Fisher. The family will receive friends prior from 2:30 to 4:00 at church. Burial will follow at Back Creek Presbyterian Church cemetery in Mt Ulla, NC next her husband and son Todd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Occoneechee Council, BSA, 3231 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, NC, 27604, in memory of Rachel Edmiston.

Whitleys in Kannapolis is handling the arrangements.
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From: Cookie Ketchie Athanaelos
"Gantt... I do not have words that are adequate in expressing of how sorry that I am about your dear, dear mother's death. My thoughts/prayers are surely w/you, and your family. May God bless, and hold you close now, and always. Cookie Kannapolis, NC"
From: Linda Bryant
"To the family of Rachel, I send my deepest condolences and sympathy. I was her teacher's aide at Cannon Jr. High School for several years. She was generous to a fault, loving, and you could always depend on her to give you good advice, given with love. She was a wonderful example for her students as well as all of her loving friends. Rest in peace dear friend, I thank God you were in my life."
From: Jerold Marlow Class 1968
"Mrs. E was a class act. A great sense of humor but a lady with a stern hand. She always wrote a new word on the board everyday, of which the most of us had never heard before, made us learn the definition of it and use it in a sentance sometime during the day. She was an inspiration all who was fortunate enough to have her. Heaven is rejoicing in her coming home. Rest In Peace my friend, it was my honor to be your student."
From: Sheri Foil Slough
"My thoughts and prayers are with you for your dear, sweet mother ! She was one of my favorite people in this world! Long after I graduated I would still visit her and share special times with her. Much love to you ! Sheri Foil Slough, Kannapolis ,NC"
From: Deana Thompson, Class 1989
"Mrs. Edminston was one of my favorite teachers. She was stern with me, yet I knew she cared! She was a wonderful lady! My sympathies to all of her family."
From: Jerry Spry
"Max Dry said it well, She was one of a kind. Yes she was."
From: Melanie Martin
"I am so sorry for your loss. She was wonderful. She was only my homeroom teacher, but she gave me desperately needed attention and direction when I had no one else, and I will remember her always. Much love to the family."
From: JD Whitmire - Class of '61
"To Rachael's family. I am so sorry to hear of Rachael's passing. Rachael and Ed were both wonderful people who I admired and who helped me more than anyone knows during my senior year in high school. She remained my friend through all these years and always reminded me I had not been keeping in touch with her enough. She will be greatly missed by the many people she touched during her life."
From: Alice Cannon Malcolm
"My thoughts and prayers are with Rachel's family. May the Lord grant you strength and peace. Rachel and Mother were very close friends. I'm sure they're both enjoying each other in heaven now."
From: Louise Deal
"I am so sorry to hear about Rachel. She was a very special lady and know she will be missed. I loved to hear about her travels and all her many friends. Prayers are with the family during this difficult time."
From: Woody Chavis
"She was one of my favorite teachers and people in this world. She loved her students and she taught me a lot, not just from the books but from her heart. God has another sweet angel by his side. The world needs a lot more people like her!"
From: Kim Ellis
"So sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers!"
From: A. L. Brown Class of 1964
"What a lovely lady she was. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. She will truly be missed."
From: Susan Sheets
"One of my favorite teachers and also one of my favorite people. Deepest sympathy to friends and family."