Rachel Eliza Gatlin
March 28, 1929 – March 31, 2019
Rachel Gatlin passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2019, at 90 years of age. She was born to the late Tressie and Devenworth Bacon, in Anadarko, OK. on March 28th, 1929. Rachel lived an extraordinary life. She married her beloved husband, David Huey Gatlin, on May 1, 1948. They were blessed and grateful to have had three children, Shirley, Patricia, and Travis. Rachel and Huey were married 52 happy years.
During her life, Rachel brought to us many gifts. For our family celebrations, she baked us a variety of scrumptious pies and cooked amazing meals. We enjoyed listening to her stories about her life growing up in Anadarko. Rachel was proud to be one half Choctaw Native American. She told us somber tales about her life at the Wheelock Academy, a Native American Boarding School. It was very difficult for her to live so far from her family at the young age of 11. But, Rachel was as resilient as they come. Through all of her trying and wonderful times, her family was everything to her. When someone was ill or needed help, she could ALWAYS be counted on to be there for us. She was also that special grandmother who played endless card and board games with her grandchildren, And she often played house, dolls, and dress-up with her granddaughters.
Fifteen years after Huey passed away, Rachel met and married Clifford Fredrick while living at Fellowship Square Phoenix. They were devoted companions and very happy together. Rachel had debilitating arthritis and Clifford had memory loss. As family members often said, "He was her legs and she was his memory."
Rachel is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Lee Roy, D.G., and Harvey Bacon; her sisters, Hazel Gatlin and Maydene Davis; and husband, Huey Gatlin.
She is survived by her sister, AltaMae Glover; her daughters, Shirley Durban (Jim Chavez), and Patricia Thompson; son, Travis Gatlin (Rossana); her 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many loved and adored nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be on Saturday, April 6th at 10:30 AM at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85009
Although we have lost a treasure, we celebrate the joys Rachel brought to our lives. She will be greatly missed and always in our hearts. We find comfort in knowing she is now pain free, dancing and surrounded by her loved ones in heaven.
Rachel's family would like to thank the Ryan House Hospice care givers for the kindness and good care they gave her during her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ryan House Hospice, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
- Hospice of the Valley
- Graveside Service Saturday, April 6, 2019