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Rachel Sara Rees

Rachel Sara Rees, 91, died Oct. 22, 2010, at Homestead Assisted Living in Topeka.

She was born Jan. 28, 1919 in Burns, to Ernest and Rosa Whetherholt Sayre.

She attended Pleasant Valley Rural School and graduated from Cedar Point High School in 1936. She was the granddaughter of a Free-Methodist minister and daughter of a Flint Hills farmer.

In her youth, she was an active member in the “Sky High” 4-H Club. At the age of 17, she received her state teacher’s certificate and taught in Chase County rural schools for three years. She attended Emporia State Teacher’s College and earned her life certificate in teaching.

She also attended Baker University, Bethel College, Bethany Nazarene College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Emporia.

She taught school in Elmdale Grade School, Cottonwood Falls Elementary School, Hutchinson and Topeka schools. She operated a private kindergarten from the basement of her home for several years before teaching and retiring from Grantville Elementary School in 1975. She also taught music in various occupations through those years.

She married Norris S. Rees in Emporia Aug. 14, 1955, at the Emporia Church of the Nazarene. Norris and Rachel lived in their rural Grantville home and operated the Rees Fruit Farm. They had one son, Rex E. Rees, who was born in 1958. Norris preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2002.

She was devoted to her faith and attended church services and functions regularly through her life. She enjoyed reading her bible, singing hymns, and praising the Lord. She busied herself with quilting, gardening her many flower beds, and enjoying natures simple beauty.

Mrs. Rees was a member or involved in many organizations, including the Retired Teachers Association, Christian Church Dorcus, Community Flower Club, Grantville Home Economics Unit, Grantville Methodist Church, UMW, leader of Grantville 4-H Club, as well as an organist for the Countryside Christian Church for several years.

Survivors include her son, Rex Rees and his wife, Shannon, Topeka; and a granddaughter, Shaylene Rees.

Other survivors include stepchildren, Richard Rees, Grantville, Jack Rees, Topeka, and Jean Cassell, Tucson, Ariz.; nieces Ginger Strong, El Dorado, and Becky Bell, Sapulpa, Okla.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Benjamin Sayre and Merle Sayre.

Private burial was held Oct. 23 at Grantville Cemetery. Memorial services were held at the Grantville United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27.

Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier, Topeka, 66606; Grantville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 164, Grantville, 66429; or Countryside Christian Church, 3635 NE Highway K4, Topeka, 66617.

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