OBITUARY

Marcia M. Rachel

December 8, 1954September 26, 2020
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Dr. Marcia McAdory Rachel, 65, of Brandon, MS passed away peacefully at her home on September 26, 2020.

Marcia, daughter of Maggie and Travis McAdory, was born on December 8, 1954, in Picayune, MS. She attended school in Jackson, MS, and was a graduate of Wingfield High School. At an early age, Marcia professed her faith in Jesus Christ and the Lord led her throughout her life.

She was married to Steven John Rachel, her college sweetheart, on November 20, 1976. From walking along the Great Wall of China or hiking through Costa Rica, to enjoying a peaceful weekend at the lake, the memories they shared during their 43 years of marriage are too numerous to count. Their love for each other runs deep.

Marcia continued on in her education to receive a BS in nursing from Mississippi College and began her career as both a mental health nurse at St. Dominic Medical Center and a home health nurse. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in mental health nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in higher education and student personnel from The University of Mississippi.

Marcia quickly felt led to take the path of nursing administration and teaching. She served as the executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, a chief nursing executive at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics, and nurse educator at the graduate and undergraduate levels, most recently as the associate dean for academic affairs at the UMMC School of Nursing. Marcia served as the president of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, as president of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, and was inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame. Marcia genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to invest in her students, and she impacted her profession both locally and abroad.

While Marcia was distinguished and influential in her career, her largest impact was made in the lives of her two children, Christopher Steven Rachel and Rebecca Rachel Holt, and her four grandchildren. She had a unique gift of knowing when to offer advice or a listening ear, and she managed to intertwine her quick wit and humor into conversations whenever possible. While she loved going on adventures and traveling with her family and close friends, she also cherished any time spent outdoors or watching her dog Hershey chase squirrels.

Marcia was a charter member of her church, Brandon Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, rocked babies to sleep, and was active in her Sunday School class. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the hummingbirds and cardinals that she enjoyed watching, and her influence will remain in the lives of all who knew her.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Travis McAdory and Maggie Ledlow McAdory.

Marcia’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Steve Rachel; her children, Chris (Katie) Rachel, of Brandon, MS and Becky (Tyler) Holt, of Mountain Brook, AL; her grandchildren, Lily Rachel, Lauren Rachel, Jonathan Holt, and Maggie Holt; her brother, Robert (Pam Pape) McAdory, of Clinton, MS; and a host of devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorials may be given to the Brandon Baptist Church building fund.

The family wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to her family and friends, the medical professionals at MD Anderson and St. Dominic Medical Center, and her church family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Amy Forsythe

October 21, 2020

Dr. Rachel influenced my nursing career in small and large ways, ways I’m sure she wouldn’t have been able to recall. They were just HER way. From buying me a raffle ticket for a fundraiser at UMC as a new nurse when I thought Dr. Rachel had no clue who I was to her insisting I start the Doctor of Nursing Program and putting me in a little earlier than even I expected. She was kind and encouraging and intelligent and will be greatly missed.

Keith Houston

October 13, 2020

Marcia left this world a much better place, and her testimony is a legacy to those who knew her at Mississippi College. Well done, good and faithful Servant!

Maura Sullivan

October 4, 2020

Marcia was an angel on earth and is undoubtedly one in heaven. She was always one of "the good guys" and is sorely missed. Rest in peace great lady.

Tim Cardarelli

October 2, 2020

I’m thankful to have met Marcia in the past few years of my life. You could see that Jesus was the love of her life, by the way she conducted herself, caring and being interested in what you had to say was her trademark. This was also apparent in her devotion to her family, church and profession. We will see you on the other side of the Jordan Marcia.

Eddie Graves

October 1, 2020

Marcia Rachel was a friend from our days at MC. She was a person who wore a smile on her face and used her many talents and abilities to serve others. To Steve and all her family go my prayers for comfort as you remember all the many happy times you shared. As you remember Marcia please emulate her desire to relate to all people as a friend. Eddie Graves

Clint McHann

October 1, 2020

To all of Marcia's family and friends, I was so sad to hear of your loss and our loss. Marcia was my immediate supervisor around 2010, and I worked with her and around her until her retirement. I enjoyed working with her very much. She had the MOST WONDERFUL sense of humor. She was an amazing leader and an amazing human being. She truly will be missed in so many ways. My deepest sympathy to all who knew and cared for her. Clint McHann

Shan Montgomery

September 30, 2020

My prayers are with you during this time of loss.

Dr. Marcia Rachel was exceptional! She was very unassuming, smart, and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to laugh and learn from her.

I remember sitting beside her during my first Dean's & Directors meeting, and I was so nervous! Well, long story short, her kindness and whit calmed my nerves, and from that meeting, I connected to her energy. I will truly miss her.

Sincerely,
Shan Montgomery

Phyllis Johnson

September 30, 2020

My deepest condolences are extended to the family of Dr. Marcia Rachel. She was a dynamic individual who was inspirational to me in so many ways!! I am grateful for the opportunity to have known her and to have experienced her intellect and leadership. She was one of the first to contact me when I became ED of the Board of Nursing three years ago not only to congratulate me but to offer words of inspiration and to let me know how proud she was of my accomplishments. Truly a phenomenal person and she will be missed!!

Linda White Bellamy

September 29, 2020

Prayers lifted for Steve and Family.
I have so many MC memories of Marcia, her beautiful smile and friendships with all of us in the Class of 1976. She was a beautiful shining Star !
Marcia was a Special Lady, who excelled in the profession of Nursing; I am proud to have been a fellow nurse with her.

Kaye Bender

September 29, 2020

It is so hard for me to process that we have lost Marcia, both as a friend and as a nursing leader. She was one of the most amazing, well-centered and overall really good people that I have ever known! I met her years ago when I was at the health department and she was working with Marcella McKay at the Board of Nursing. She helped us so much as we worked to ensure that the public health nurses could use standing orders as they needed to in order to serve the public. Later, I worked with her at UMMC where she exhibited the most outstanding grace ever when she and the whole system was under pressure. The nurses and the students LOVED her. As we became closer friends through the years, I enjoyed her sense of humor (she once read us a recipe for road kill chili!) and her total and complete faith. When I spoke with her about her cancer, she was full of strength and faith in ways that most of us would only aspire to be. She loved her family - she once worried (before we knew each other) that I would take advantage of Chris as he was selling books of coupons for a fund raiser. We laughed about that much later!

So, to Steve, Chris, Becky, and all the grands, my heart is with you. We mourn our loss, but we celebrate the life of an amazing woman!

Kaye Bender

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Biography

Dr. Marcia McAdory Rachel, 65, of Brandon, MS passed away peacefully at her home on September 26, 2020.

Marcia, daughter of Maggie and Travis McAdory, was born on December 8, 1954 in Picayune, MS. She attended school in Jackson, MS and was a graduate of Wingfield High School. At an early age, Marcia professed her faith in Jesus Christ and the Lord led her throughout her life. She was married to Steven John Rachel, her college sweetheart, on November 20, 1976. From walking along the Great Wall of China or hiking through Costa Rica, to enjoying a peaceful weekend at the lake, the memories they shared during their 43 years of marriage are too numerous to count. Their love for each other runs deep.

Marcia continued on in her education to receive a BS in nursing from Mississippi College and began her career as both a mental health nurse at St. Dominic Medical Center and a home health nurse. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in mental health nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in higher education and student personnel from The University of Mississippi. Marcia quickly felt led to take the path of nursing administration and teaching. She served as the executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, chief nursing executive at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics, and nurse educator at the graduate and undergraduate levels, most recently as the associate dean for academic affairs at the UMMC School of Nursing. Marcia served as the president of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, as president of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, and was inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame. Marcia genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to invest in her students, and she impacted her profession both locally and abroad.

While Marcia was distinguished and influential in her career, her largest impact was made in the lives of her two children, Christopher Steven Rachel and Rebecca Rachel Holt, and her four grandchildren. She had a unique gift of knowing when to offer advice or a listening ear, and she managed to intertwine her quick wit and humor into conversations whenever possible. While she loved going on adventures and traveling with her family and close friends, she also cherished any time spent outdoors or watching her dog Hershey chase squirrels. Marcia was a charter member of her church, Brandon Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, rocked babies to sleep, and was active in her Sunday School class. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the hummingbirds and cardinals that she enjoyed watching, and her influence will remain in the lives of all who knew her.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Travis McAdory and Maggie Ledlow McAdory.

Marcia’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Steve Rachel; her children, Chris (Katie) Rachel, of Brandon, MS and Becky (Tyler) Holt, of Mountain Brook, AL; her grandchildren, Lily Rachel, Lauren Rachel, Jonathan Holt, and Maggie Holt; her brother, Robert (Pam Pape) McAdory, of Clinton, MS; and a host of devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be given to the Brandon Baptist Church building fund.

The family wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to her family and friends, the medical professionals at MD Anderson and St. Dominic Medical Center, and her church family.

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