This memorial website was created in memory of My Beloved daughter, Rachel Marie Paul who was born in Bellflower, California at 3:01p.m. on July 03, 1983 and passed away 6:50 p.m. on March 29, 2005 at the age of 21. Rachel loved Tae kwon-do and was a 2nd degree black belt. She coached Pee-Wee cheerleaders, was on the track team and in the band. She was the most courageous person I have ever met and she taught me how to be a loving person, a caring person, and a best friend. She was mine. Her beautiful spirit was apparant to everyone who met her, her smile a wonder to behold. She was a loyal friend. Her transplant doctor said the she was the oldest soul he had ever met. She attracted people from all walks of life with her humor, wit and that beguiling smile. With all that she went through, she still kept a positive attitude. But she was also realistic and knew when there was nothing else that could be done. She decided to live the rest of her life "As if she were dying". She was. She planned her own memorial, said good bye to her friends and family and knew she would be in Heaven. She told me that she knew when her pain ended, that mine would begin. Oh how right she was. Her last words were to me. She said "I love you so much Mom" As I watched her take that last breath, I knew that I had lost my daughter, best friend, and the only one who loved me just because. This will be a pain that I will carry until I take my last breath. I will miss her forever!! 37 minutes after Rachel received her wings, her cat Angel ran out into the street, waited for a car to hit him and he earned his wings too. So I lost both of my Angels on the same day, within the same hour. Now I picture them together forever within each others arms, cuddling and loving each other. I know that they are with her Grandma and Uncle Don and how I envy them that. Oh how I miss them all!! Now I just wait for the day I can be with them again. Please God, make it soon!!!
Tributes and Condolences
Wondering / Andrew Larry (?)
Was her mother ever had a different last name?
We miss you / Michalle Crisco
She wished us one last farewell
Didn't even say goodbye
She was gone before we knew it
Only God knows why
Some may forget you
Now that are you gone
But we will remember you
no matter how long
we miss you now
and our heart is sore
We're so very proud of you.. / Peter Ernst (Pastor to her mother Stephanie )
Your story is a very sad and compelling one in that it draws you in to you in to your very heart and soul. Stephanie, we've only known you for a brief time and yet in that time we've seen you grow and blossom with confidence, joy and purpose in the L...
Rachel / Rachel Paul
I googled my own name(Rachel Marie Paul) and this came up. She was born the same year I was, too. She is beautiful and I am sure she stays close to her loved ones, still, as I would. My condolences.
hello / Rachael Paul (None)
Hello my name is also Rachael Marie Paul....i came accross this site quite by accident but felt compelled to write my condolesences and to tell you that I said a little prayer for your Rachel although I know she is already safe and Happy in Heav...
Rachel Marie Paul 21 of Texarkana, Tx., formerly of Cabot, Ar. Taken too soon in her prime on March 29, 2005. A band of angels escorted Rachel Marie Paul to rest in God’s arms and to join with Jesus Christ and the following beloved late family members: her sister Alicia Marie Garner her beloved Uncle Donald Wesley Noll, Jr. and her cherished grandmother Golda O'Rene Davis.
She was also joined 37 minutes later by her cat “Angel.”
Rachel was born July 3, 1983 in Bellflower Calif. to Stephanie Ann Paul. She was a 2001 graduate from Cabot High School. Rachel was a volunteer cheerleader coach for Cabot Youth Pee Wee football for three years. She loved Tae-kwon do and was a second degree black belt. She was very athletic. She enjoyed swimming and was one of the first of just a few African American female members on the Cabot Panther track team.
Rachel leaves behind to cherish her memory her Mother Stephanie Ann Paul of the home; Great Aunt Barbara Davis; Great Uncle John Hinrichs; Great Aunt and Uncle Linda and Vic Davis; 2nd Cousins Cindy; Johnny; Dru; and Alicia and their families of California.
She also leaves behind members of her extended family including second Mother Carmen Mason and children Jarrod and Luis of California; sister of her heart Krystal Caldwell; goddaughter Jayden; Morgan Carver; Nikki and Terry of Texarkana Tx.; Terry and Gary of Yantis Tx. and several other friends who are too numerous to mention.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Baylor University Medical Center for their loving care during her two liver transplant surgeries, several rejections and her foray into the field of experimental rejection medications. Further the family would like to offer a warm and sincere thanks to Serenity Hospice for the exceptional care they provided for Rachel in her last days. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Living Waters Church in Cabot Ar. with Rev. James Charlton officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Twice Blessed 2732 Gaston Ave. Suite 119 Dallas Texas 75246. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service.
In Her Own Words
Who would have thought this could happen to me, The thought never crossed my mind. Daily, I ask myself why?... how could this be?, Only 17 and almost ran out of time.
Who knew I was a serious case, Desperalely in need of a liver. I didn't know my mom when I saw her face, And for days she cried a river.
I was a status "1A", dying pretty fast, All my mother could do was pray. All her other worries put in the past, As she lived through hell each day.
On the transplant list for only one day, But otherwise I would've been toast. Every morning my mom heard the Dr's say, She's hours from being a ghost.
But the whole experience wasn't all bad, In fact, after the transplant we had fun. Picked up a brand new grandma, granddad A week before me, Peggy had gotten one.
But one person has given me faith, The woman that always does, My mom helped me to join this race, She's the best there ever was.
When I had no strength, she was there, Helping me wherever I had to go. She held me when I was really scared, And washed me from head to toe.
Overall, I have learned from this A lot that I didn't know. In a small town, I was missed, And in Dallas new friendships grow.
I feel like a whole new me, And maybe it's a better one too, Just being alive fills my heart with glee, So I'm living life to the fullest, and so should you!
Rachel Marie Paul October 2000
Rachel did live life to the fullest until the day she became an angel. Please consider becoming a Organ Donor. Two donors gave us 5 more years with our precious Rachel, for which we will be eternally grateful!!!