Rachel Ann Bond
September 29, 1969 – May 15, 2020
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Rachel Ann Barris Bond on May 15, 2020. Beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and devoted friend, her spirit moved on at the age of 50 after a valiant six year battle with colon cancer. She was at home surrounded by family in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Rachel will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Warren Bond, her children, Morgan and Nickolas Grisham, Robert “Bailey” Bond, and Madison Bond, her siblings, Cheryl Sugel, Robert Barris Jr., Diane Galt Buttner and their spouses, as well as her nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert Barris and Shirley Nappo Barris.
Rachel was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1969. She graduated from Seminole High School in 1987 and from the University of Central Florida in 1992. She wed the love of her life in 1992 and was baptized in her Christian faith in 1993. Rachel loved, adored, and cherished her three children, born in 1993,1995, and 1998. Rachel lived and raised her family in Seminole, Biscayne Park, FL then in Keller and Round Rock, TX. In 2014, she moved back to her hometown of Seminole to care for her father.
Rachel founded Mother’s Morning Out programs in Biscayne Park, Florida and Keller, Texas. She was an active participant in Round Rock High Band Boosters. Rachel took pride in her work as a Sales Representative at Dell from 2006 until March of 2020. After moving back to Seminole, she established a new generation of Sundowners Social Club that her mother founded.
While living in Texas, she was a surrogate mother. She blessed three families with seven children. Her selfless contribution to others inspires us daily. Wherever Rachel found herself, she looked for ways to make a difference and to be a living example of Christ’s love.
There will be a virtual celebration of life on Sunday, May 31st at 2pm eastern time. If you’d like to speak on her behalf or have any photos you’d like to share, please email email@example.com
In lieu of flowers, Rachel wished for contributions for Foster Angels of Central Texas in her honor. You can find their donation page at https://fosterangelsctx.org/
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Rachel Ann Bond
May 31, 2020
When we moved from CA to TX we met Warren and Rachel through our church and we were in small group together. I instantly loved them and Rachel and I became fast friends. We both had 3 kids that played together and we would meet at Starbucks and chat. I knew I had hit the jackpot with her friendship. She was special. Her and Warren had great get togethers. We loved poker night with the cards stuck to our foreheads. So much laughter. I was SO bummed when they had to move to Austin. We kept in contact through FB but I think of her so fondly and loved her shining light. She will be missed by many and my prayers are with you all.
May 30, 2020
I am so blessed that Rachel came into my life! She was an inspiration to all who knew her and I was fortunate to have had her as my friend! She was courageous, caring, positive, funny, fun, responsible, smart, and most of all loving! Rachel is the person we all strive to be like when life gets tough as we think of her effervescent positivity that always shined through! She will be missed but never forgotten as I will always remember our long talks, fun, and many laughs shared..... Rachel and her spirit will be in our thoughts and memories forever to be cherished......Her smile everlasting.....
May 30, 2020
Rachel was one of my first real friends growing up in Florida; we lived down the street from each other and would spend time at each others homes or the beach nearby with family. I especially remember her wonderful smile, her spirit, her warmth and kindness. While we haven’t been in touch for years, she will always be a part of who I am - my earliest memories - and I am so grateful for that.
May 29, 2020
Your smile always lit up a room and there wasn't a party or get together that you couldn't plan to perfection. You were a wonderful friend and I miss you. xoxo Jodie
May 28, 2020
May 28, 2020
Dearest Bond & Barris Families, I have been thinking about what to write here ever since I learned of Rachel's passing. No words can really sum up what Rachel meant to me and so many others in her wide friend's circle along her life's journey. I still can't believe it's true although I know that Rachel is in our rightly home and one day we too shall be reunited with her and all our loved ones who've gone before us, it is still a sad reality that she will no longer grace us with her joy, love and presence on this temporal plane. I will try to sum it up in the allotted 2000 character limit here but no amount of words can really express my feelings for her & I thank you ALL so much for sharing your beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt & friend with me over the years. Here goes.. Rachel was one of the first moms I met when our kids were in preschool & we bonded immediately and permanently. She was the first to introduce me to the pleasures of "mom's happy hour" in Biscayne Park with (cold) red wine, my first taste of hummus and the idea that I was not alone in the madness of raising small children. We worked together at the preschool, did vacation bible school & did lots of social activities one does with small kids in tow but she was also a wonderful friend & role model to everyone she encountered. In the good and bad times Rachel was ALWAYS there. I was with Rachel in NYC on a long awaited girls' trip when her mom passed unexpectedly & witnessed how God moved & His presence was felt then during that time of grief & disbelief & how her faith never waivered. When the Bonds moved to Texas we followed & so continued our friendship over the years even as they moved to Austin and then back to FL. Rachel lived more in her 50 years than most of us will live in our lifetimes. She connected more people & made anyone feel welcome no matter what situation you encountered her in. She had the gift of being present & I will continue to do today until we meet again in eternity.
May 27, 2020
Rachel, you were a wonderful, considerate, and caring person. Always thinking about everyone else and always ready for the next adventure. I never had to think about the next event because you always had it covered. Nothing is the same... You will be so missed.... I love you. Patti
May 23, 2020
When we lose a loved one, we sometimes question why it had to happen. It helps to remember that these moments are a part of life; they can teach us to treasure the happy times and appreciate the little things. The few times that I was in Rachel's presence left me with memories of her kindness. She fought a good fight and now she's in her safe place.
May 23, 2020
What a wonderful person , will be truly missed . Mary and Terry O'Donnell
May 22, 2020
Like many, I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Bond through the Dragon Band program. In addition to being incredibly devoted to supporting this band program that helped shape so many of our young lives, Mrs. Bond was one of the most welcoming and fun-loving people I knew -- I felt loved every time I stepped foot into her house and a conversation with her was guaranteed to make you laugh.
While she will be missed dearly, I find comfort in knowing that her legacy is forever secured by her amazing kids who I know firsthand to be just as strong, dedicated, fun, giving, and kind as their mom.
Sending our love to the whole family.
-- Cristina, John, and Gayle
May 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Rachel. Clyde and I attended Shady Grove Baptist Church and remember when your family cane to church there. What a special lady. She had a smile that would light up a room and a heart of gold. Loved seeing all the pics as y’all all grew up. We are praying for y’all. Hugs and prayers.
Clyde and Cheryl
Steve and Christine Gulizia
May 21, 2020
I first met Rachel in high school. Always the sociable one, she had friends across every spectrum. I was fortunate enough to have her included in my closest circle of friends for quite some time. Her home was a gathering point, as everyone always felt welcome. She helped glue the group together by consistently taking responsibility in planning activities, be it going out, or just hanging out. Sometimes we'd play games, as young people do, and she very much enjoyed making me sing "I'm a little teapot" at many gatherings. It wouldn't count if I didn't also raise my hand as a "spout"! She single handedly helped absorb my future wife into my circle of friends and I'm fairly certain I wouldn't be married today were it not for her. She even hosted a lovely reception. Although our recent gatherings upon her return to Florida had been less frequent, they were all the more special. Christine and I will treasure the moments we had with Rachel for the rest of our lives. We're better people for having known her. Love to Warren and our deepest condolences to the entire extended family.
May 21, 2020
My deepest condolences from the Horton family from Round Rock Texas. I have many fun memories working the Round Rock High School band concession stand at football games with Rachel . She was always fun and cheerful and a delight to work with. We never considered it work; we were having such a good time. That is my memory of Rachel. She was a kind and giving soul and she will be missed.
Valerie and Frank Horton, Steven , Katherine and Anna
May 20, 2020
Rachel Bond was an outstanding example of servant leadership for her children and many others in the Round Rock HS Band. She and Warren worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for the band and it’s students. I and our band program are deeply indebted to her. She will be sorely missed and it’s a great consolation to know that she is in a much better place now.
Mary & Ernie Radicchi
May 20, 2020
I met Rachel when I joined The Sundowners Social Club ... & even though it wasn't that long ago... I felt like I known her forever... Her smile & charismatic personality Flowed onto all who met her!...such a delight to be around! Her Aura so bright, she will forever be seen as a bright star in the night sky!...
Such a real & positive person....She always found the good in everything ... Whether it was a person or situation .... Her heart would just lead her in a way that not many of us can understand! Our hearts & prayers go out to her & her beautiful families ... .... So When you are looking up into the night sky... Know that Rachel will be shining down upon you!... WITH OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY & MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS & in ALL WAYS!... Mary & Ernie Radicchi
May 19, 2020
I met RAchel for the first time at her niece's wedding festivities, at her sister Dianne's house and found her so kind. She was interested in finding out about me and I had just met her. I guess I want to share a wonderful quote that someone from our church said at his beloved aunt's funeral, " Don't be sad that it's over but be glad that it was." Knowing Rachel was a glad thing.
May 19, 2020
To my beloved sister. I will miss you dearly. You have been an inspiration to me, my children, my wife and so many others. There is so much to say and so many wonderful memories. You will always be deep in my heart with love and honor. Thank you to the Bond family for your wonderful love. We are all heartbroken but still cannot know the pain you feel. All my love, Bobby
May 19, 2020