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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Jessup, Rachel (Taylor)

Posted in Obituaries

Rachel Lynn (Taylor) Jessup, 36, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Dec. 1, 2010, in Kalamazoo.

Rachel was born Sept. 28, 1974, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Richard and Lana (Fallot) Taylor.  Rachel was a graduate of Morenci Area High School, Siena Heights University and Jackson Community College.  She was employed by Great Lakes Home Health and Hospice.

Rachel is survived by a son, Brysen Jessup of Kalamazoo; a daughter, Reace Hammel of Kalamazoo; her mother, Lana Taylor of Morenci; four brothers, Michael (and Wendy) Taylor of Georgia, Jeffrey (and Susan) of Ohio, Guy (and Maria) Schalnat of Ohio, and Boyd (and Kim) Schalnat of Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard, in 1999.

Funeral services are planned at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Adrian, with Pastor Denise Benjamin officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, and also Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for Rachel’s children.  Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

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