HAUGHTON – Rachel McDonald Stroud found peace in her home on the morning of October 9, 2016. She was 95. (Officially, she would have turned 95 on November 2, but as she took such pride in her age during her later years, we’re spotting her those few weeks and rounding up.
Her greatest pride, though, was her marriage to her husband Henry, to whom she devoted her life from age 24, when her waist was tiny enough to fit into the circle of his hands, until he preceded her in death in 2008. They were married 62 years.
Rachel was a nurturer by nature. She spent her years raising 5 children: Robert, Steven, Barbara, Vince, and Rachel, then spoiling 10 grandchildren: Steven, Gregory, Macy, Hank, Jaclyn, David, Megan, Amanda, Cameron, and Ian, and 2 great-grandchildren: Owen and Kennedy. Her family and friends were watched closely for signs of need; she wouldn’t rest unless she was sure you were comfortable, warm, and, most of all, well-fed. She baked her love into cheesecakes, fried it into mustard-battered fish fillets, and stirred it into southern yellow grits. Not a soul who crossed her doorstep left hungry or expecting to be hungry ever again. Those who couldn’t visit her in person were fattened by mail. Cakes and cookies were tenderly wrapped, boxed, and shipped to the doorsteps of those celebrating birthdays, graduations, or Tuesdays.
Outside of her kitchen, her mother’s touch was bestowed upon the plants in her garden, not one of which was too small or insignificant for her attention. She spent her evenings sympathizing with those who were bankrupted by the Wheel of Fortune and sipping a daily glass of red wine which, she wanted you to know, had been authorized by her doctor. Before retiring for the night, she’d wish you sound sleep and ask one last time, “Can I do anything for you?”
For those wishing to join us in a celebration of the life that enriched so many others, a visitation will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral home on Saturday, October 15 at 12:30 pm. Funeral services will follow immediately at 1:30pm.