Rachel Kathryn Oettel, made others laugh

April 19, 2024

Rachel Kathryn Oettel, 39, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at her home in Lewes. She was born June 30, 1984, at Beebe Hospital, the last baby delivered by Dr. Carey before his retirement several hours later. In honor of Rachel's birth and the physician's retirement, Rachel's mother and Dr. Carey were served a champagne toast to celebrate this wonderful occasion. 

Rachel attended Cape Henlopen High School and Indian River High School. She had a natural talent for fashion, decorating, cosmetology, and making people laugh. She loved music, especially Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight," “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces," and others. She never missed a showing of her favorite movie, "Gone With the Wind." 

Rachel is survived by her father, William “Bill” Oettel (Karen); mother, Joan Hudson; sister, Lauren Rooks (Howard); brother, Robert J. Hill (Marcie); a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and their families, and a special niece, Adrianna Rooks. She will never be forgotten by her furry friends, Maggie and Willow.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Community Church of Oak Orchard, 32615 Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests honoring Rachel's memory by donating to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.

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