VIENNA — Rachel S. Collins Evans, 64, passed away at 11:50 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Baptist Health Care Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
Rachel was born May 21, 1954, in Johnson County Illinois. She was the daughter of William Mansel Owen and Gertrude (Burris) Owen.
Rachel was united in marriage to Jackie Evans. They have been together as a couple for more than 30 years.
In addition to her husband, Rachel is survived by four children, Bret (Emelda) Collins of Lemoore, California, Rebecca Thompson of Marion, Shanon (Jason) Johns of Horn Lake, Mississippi, and Jessica Evans of Decatur; six grandchildren, Jessica, Lucas, Samantha, Shyanne, Destiny, Dezarae; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Joan Faulkner) Owen of Vienna, and Ruben (Sheryl) Owen of Sparta; two sisters, Judith Ann (Edward) Weaver of Naples, Florida, and Ellen (Ron) Peebels of Simpson; and a host of nieces, nephews as well as children and grandchildren of the heart. Rachel was anticipating the birth of a 10th great-grandchild in 2019.
She also leaves her beloved grand dog, Aubie.
In addition to her parents, Rachel was preceded in death by three brothers, Jon David Owen, Jesse Joe Owen and William B. Owen; a sister, Jacquelyn Sue Owen; a sister-in-law, Bonita Owen; and her mother-in-law, Frances Evans.
Rachel was a 1972 graduate of Vienna High School. She also attended Shawnee Community College and earned her accreditation as a certified nurse's aide. She was also an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and an ERT (Emergency Rescue Technician). Rachel was the former coordinator of the Johnson County Ambulance Service.
Rachel enjoyed knitting and was a member of a knitting group at the church where she was a member, Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church, near Simpson.
Rachel also enjoyed watching television, reading and playing games on her computer.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
A service honoring the life of Rachel Collins Evans will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Gilead Church, 4359 Gilead Church Road, Simpson. Pastor Daniel Hopkins will officiate. Burial will be in the Gilead Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Gilead Church, in care of Mona Akins, 4175 Gilead Church Road, Simpson, IL 62995 or to the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home, 909 Greenlee St., Denton, Texas 76201.
To share a memory of Rachel or to leave an online message of condolence for her family, visit www.baileyfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.