June 12, 1943 – June 10, 2018
Rachel Zamarippa-Elkins, 74, of San Angelo, TX passed away after a prolonged illness on Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving husband and three boys at the time. Rachel was born June 12, 1943 in San Angelo, TX to the late Ralph M. & Jessie Zamarippa. Rachel is remembered as a devout Christian woman who had a deep, heartfelt love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although she faced a long, courageous battle with cancer, she was steadfast in sharing her faith and love for God with all that crossed her path. Rachel absolutely loved her PaulAnn church family and was always so eager to volunteer her time to educate the children of PaulAnn on God's teachings. Rachel cherished her time with friends, family and husband Arthur R. Elkins. Rachel & Art spent the early part of their married lives together traveling the world as part of the Air Force family. They made many lifelong friends along the way and made memories that have lasted a lifetime. After Art retired from the Air Force in 1980, they planted the roots of their young family in Rachel's birth home, San Angelo. Rachel was a career hairdresser who maintained her own beauty salon and retired in 2006. Once retired, her & Art traveled the U.S. visiting family, friends and continually building upon their memories along their travels. Rachel leaves behind her husband, Arthur Elkins of San Angelo, sons Randy Elkins & wife Melinda of DFW, TX, Jody Elkins of Littleton, Colorado and Art Elkins Jr. & wife Gwen of San Angelo. Rachel, one of 8 siblings, leaving behind sister Rita & husband Willie Tambunga of DFW, TX, Roy Zamarippa & wife Jeanine of Loveland, Colorado, Ralph Zamarippa Jr. of San Angelo, Raymond Zamarippa & wife Gina of DFW, TX and Ronnie Zamarippa & wife Gilda of San Angelo. Rachel was preceded in death by her sister Rosie Zamarippa and brother Rudy Zamarippa. Rachel is a grandmother to 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Pallbearers will be sons Randy, Jody & Art Elkins, brother Raymond Zamarippa, grandson Jace Elkins and Billy Boland. A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 6-8 pm at Johnson's Funeral home 435 W Beauregard Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903 (325) 655-3113. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on June 15, 2018 at PaulAnn Church of 2531 Smith Blvd, San Angelo, TX 76905. A special thank you to Dr. Roberto Prieto of West Texas Medical Associates for his unending care, support and compassion and to Hospice of San Angelo for all the care & support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of San Angelo 36 E. Twohig Ave. Suite 1100 San Angelo, TX 76903 (www.hospiceofsanangelo.org/).
- Ralph M. Zamarippa Sr., Father
- Jessie Losoya Zamarippa, Mother
- Rudy Zamarippa, Brother
- Rosie Zamarippa, Sister
- Arthur R. Elkins Sr., Husband
- Roy Zamarippa Sr., Brother
- Raymond Zamarippa, Brother
- Ralph Zamarippa Jr., Brother
- Ronnie Zamarippa, Brother
- Willie Tambunga, Brother-in-law
- Rita Tambunga, Sister
- Jeanine Zamarippa, Sister-in-law
- Gina Zamarippa, Sister-in-law
- Gilda Zamarippa, Sister-in-law
- Randy Elkins, Son
- Jody Elkins, Son
- Art Elkins Jr., Son
- Melinda Elkins, Daughter-in-law
- Gwen Elkins, Daughter-in-law
- Mrs. Elkins also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.
- Randy Elkins
- Jody Elkins
- Art Elkins, Jr.
- Raymond Zamarippa
- Jace Elkins
- Billy Boland
- Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, June 15, 2018
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June 15, 2018
I only knew Rachel as one of the Zamarippa kids.I went to Lake View during the “reign “ of Rosie ,Roy and Ralph. Back then we were all from poor hardworking families “we just didn’t know we were poor because we were all the same “.
I just want to offer my condolences to to a good family.
June 14, 2018
Rachel and Art lived one door down from us on College St. when Art was stationed at Dyess. Little Art was a baby. We visited each other a lot while our husbands worked and our boys played together... I had two boys Robbie & Rusty and they thought Randy and Jody were great ball players. Rachel was a loving caring neighbor and I treasure her friendship to this day. She seemed to have love for everyone . It will be a sadder world now she is not in it. Heartfelt Sympathy for Art and Family , so deeply sorry.
June 13, 2018
I grew up just down the street from the Elkin's family. Jody and I went to high school together and have remained best friends for 35 years. Frankly, I could have been considered a bad influence for Jody back in my high school days, but nevertheless, Rachel was always welcoming and so kind when I would visit. She made me feel like her home was my home too and I never wanted to let her down. I always looked forward to opening the door to her beauty shop and seeing her big warm smile which usually was followed with an offer for a cold soda from her beauty shop refrigerator. On more than one occasion she cut my hair and took the time to ask me how my life was going. I always got the impression she genuinely cared what I had to say as she gave me advice that was gentle, yet profound enough to make me stop and think. She truly was one of the sweetest most genuine loving souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’ve continued to visit Rachel and Art over the past 35 years and have remained close to them. I will never forget Rachel and I’m a better man for knowing her, she will always have a special place in my heart.
Caydence and Layla Daniels
June 12, 2018
My Grandma always gave the best hugs and kisses she will always be in my heart. -Caydence
Grandma Rachel always believed in me, she showed me how much she loved me every chance she got. -Layla
June 12, 2018
Rachel was loved by so many. My mother, Audrey Ball, who passed away five years ago, loved Rachel and often had Rachel fix her hair. Her talents and her loving ways will be remembered by so many. My prayers to Art , her boys and grandchildren. We give grateful praise for a life lived in service to her Heavenly Father.
Nic R Bernal
June 11, 2018
I remember every time my grandma, she got this huge smile on her face. She spread love and happiness with every breath god gave her. She will be missed by everyone.