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Rachel Boggess Bloyd
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1924
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 2009
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Rachel Boggess Bloyd
June 8, 1924 — Dec. 22, 2009

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rachel Boggess Bloyd died at the age of 85 on Dec. 22, 2009. She died peacefully, at her daughter's home in San Jose, Calif., with no significant pain caused by her final struggle with cancer.

Rachel Anne Boggess was born to Mary Rebekah Johnston Boggess and the Rev. O.O. Boggess in Charleston, W.Va., on June 8, 1924. Along with her identical twin sister, Frances, Rachel graduated at age 16 from Sherrard High School in Charleston. Rachel attended Anderson College, where she met her future husband, Carroll Eugene Bloyd. Rachel and Carroll were married by the Rev. Boggess in Springfield, Ohio, on Thanksgiving Day, 1945. Together they raised four children and enjoyed nearly four decades of marriage.

Rachel earned a bachelor's degree from Wright State University in 1973 and a master of science in education from the University of Dayton in 1981. In the early years of her marriage, she was a social worker for child welfare services in Ohio. Later, as a minister's wife, she served Church of God congregations in Duluth, Minn.; Carlisle, Penn.; Washington, Ind.; and Saratoga, Ind; she also served the congregation of the Hillgrove Federated Church in Hillgrove, Ohio. Her teaching career began at Mississinawa Valley in Union City, Ohio, in 1967.

In 1984, two years after the death of her husband, she moved to the Cayman Islands, British West Indies, and continued teaching at Triple C School, which is affiliated with the Church of God. In addition to teaching for the next five years, she rekindled her love of swimming and learned to snorkel. It was not unusual to see Rachel in one of the many coves around the island, snorkeling along with her friends, Louise Oswalt and Nelda Utt, marveling at the colorful tropical fish. In June 2008, after two decades away, Rachel made a return trip to the Cayman Islands, where many of her former students welcomed her with a surprise 84th birthday party.

She retired from teaching at age 65 and began a new chapter of life in the Napa Valley, Calif., living near her son Carroll. In her final years, Rachel lived in turn with each of her children and enjoyed considerable time with her grandchildren.

Rachel lived with an unwavering lifelong belief in Christianity and the founding doctrine of the Church of God; she had known many of the major figures of the Church of God Movement since her childhood. Widely read on both Christianity in general and Church of God history, theology and practices in particular, Rachel often corresponded with church leaders regarding points of doctrine; she was especially concerned that doctrine be interpreted in the spirit of compassion represented in the New Testament. Her belief in the power of prayer was unshakable.

Rachel attributed her long life to "taking vitamins, being flexible, and not holding grudges." Her practical approach toward life also included these practices: Forgive others, use new technologies, tell stories, keep up with world news and read the comics. Though she taught in all grade levels during her teaching career, she particularly loved teaching junior high school students, claiming that they "act tough on the outside but are tender on the inside." Always interested in mathematics and in computer science, Rachel began taking courses in programming and word processing in the late 1970s and taught computer courses throughout the years, along with English, math, social studies, and Bible studies. Additionally, she served as a high school guidance counselor at Triple C School. Rachel regularly read world news on several news sites; she enjoyed staying in touch with her friends and family by using e-mail and Skype.

Rachel loved to travel, exploring new places and meeting people. Like her father, Rev. Boggess, Rachel was an outgoing individual who was an accomplished networker before the term became generally used. In 1964 she and her son Joseph accompanied her father on a cross country trip from Washington, Ind., to Long Beach, Calif., stopping in Oklahoma City for a week along the way. At the time this was a long and somewhat daunting trip along scenic, two-lane Route 66. She often spoke of how exciting that trip was, of the interesting people she met and the beautiful sights along the way,¯such as the American Indians and their stores in Gallup, N.M., the Painted Desert, the huge saguaro cactus in Arizona, and the Pacific Ocean.

Supportive to the end, Rachel watched over her family, witnessing her children's progress in life, always ready with a welcomed suggestion, kind word, enthusiastic praise or compliment and encouraging them to enjoy their lives to the fullest. Intelligent, witty and warm, Rachel will be missed by all who had the pleasure and benefit of knowing her.

Rachel is survived by . . ..

Rachel is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Carroll Eugene Bloyd (1982); sisters Mary Jane Boggess (1980), Helen Cornelia Boggess Templeton (2000), and Frances Elizabeth Boggess Blevins (1986); cousins Richard Hobson Long (2006) and Mary Lou Long (2008).

A graveside memorial service will take place at Maplewood Cemetery, in Anderson, Ind., on June 25 at 11 a.m. For more information, e-mail Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124 or at

Published by the Herald Bulletin, Anderson, IN, 06/01/2010. 
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  Carroll Eugene Bloyd (1923 - 1982)*
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Maplewood Cemetery
Madison County
Indiana, USA
Plot: East Maplewood Section 24
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Record added: Jun 01, 2010
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