Rachel Walden Kuykendall

August 7, 1931November 18, 2018

Rachel Mary Carter Walden Kuykendall, was born on August 7, 1931, in Tennessee. Rachel passed away peacefully on 18th of November 2018 at NHC in Hendersonville. She is survived by her son, Kenneth W Walden, and her older brother Earl Carter and six nieces and nephews. She is proceeded in death by her Husband, Graydon D. Kuykendall and younger brother Don Carter. Rachel was a loving mother and wife and friend to many. Until her health declined, she was an active member of Northwood Baptist church in Madison. She was a kind and caring person who would go out of her way to help anyone in need. She lived her entire live in Nashville and worked for over 30 years for Washington Manufacturing Company in downtown Nashville. Ken is very grateful to his cousin Vicky Godwin and family for her loving care and attention to her Aunt Rachel in her last years. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family will have a gathering of family & friends from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018.


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 23, 2018

Rachel Walden Kuykendall

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Cindy Maniscalco

November 23, 2018

I was blessed to have Rachel as a friend and then became one of the few people I could depend on once Mom's health started to decline. Rachel was like a 2nd Mom to me and my family, and like a Mom would drop whatever she was doing if I called and said I needed her in any way. Most of the time she would say "I will be there in 15 or 20 minutes" so you could look for her to pull in the driveway in 10 or 15 minutes. She may have been the most giving person I have ever known. She was my Mom's traveling companion and partner in crime during many trips to Michigan, traveling down the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as many week long stays in cabins and condos in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg each year. My sister, Mary Nell, went with us on these trips and always made or added to leftover breakfasts each morning, which Rachel enjoyed so much, and we all had such a great time eating, laughing, and having these huge breakfasts to start our day with. Mary Nell and I have been recounting some of the Rachel shenanigans during our travels. There is not enough space to tell the entire stories, but we have the "disappearing Mom's" from the bench in Gatlinburg, the "early morning visit " from the Pigeon Forge police and K-9 and Rachel not opening the door, and the "great biscuit drop" into the gravy that was not done yet on top of the stove and Rachel snatching the biscuit and saying it was hers. Rachel loved our small Northwood Baptist Church and its people. She treated everyone the same and did for anyone in the Church as she did for us. My sister's, Mary Nell and Muriel, their kids and grandkids loved Ms. Rachel and she loved them. Wish I could be there today. I am sure mighty Eagles carried you up to your eternal resting place. Tony and I love you so very much.