OBIT RachelWagner

Rachel Lewellyn DuBois was born June 25, 1936 at Boston Lying-In Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

 She joined her parents Wayland Ayer (Duby) DuBois and Sarah Mildred Jones DuBois, and older sister Sarah Jane. The family home was in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Rachel attended school in Walpole, graduating from Walpole High School in June 1953. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1957 with a major in mathematics and minor in music. Rachel worked for the U.S. Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. for two years. With her aunt living in Los Altos, California, and the desire to go west, Rachel moved to California in the summer of 1959. She joined Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park in 1959 as a math analyst.

Rachel met Dan Wagner (Ernest D. Jr.) at a party in January 1960. Dan had just completed active duty service in the Navy. Dan and Rachel became engaged in the fall, and were married March 25, 1961 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, California. After early homes in Palo Alto and Redwood City, they moved with their two young boys to Los Altos in 1967, home for the next 47 years. The family lived in Belgium 1978-79 and Munich, Germany 1982-85 for Dan's assignments with Raychem Corporation, both wonderful times in the family's life. 

In addition to being a devoted wife, homemaker, and mom, Rachel was very much involved in the boys' sports, Scouts, family backpacking, and the Christ Episcopal Church's Choir and Vestry. She was a founding member of Music for Minors, serving as a docent, resource manager, and member of the Board. In 2008, Rachel joined the Garden Volunteers at Filoli in Woodside, serving as Co-Chair and Chair during 2012-2013. 

Rachel and Dan moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon in October 2014. She had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease just prior to their move. True to her character, Rachel met the challenges with courage and determination. She suffered a fall in early September 2016, a serious setback. Rachel was a resident of the Manor's assisted living facility when she passed away on May 4, 2017. The family is so grateful to the Manor's Health Center and Care Suites for their wonderful care and emotional support.

Rachel is survived by her husband Dan, sons Greg and Ron, Ron's partner Chris Jaap, her sister Jane Voichick, Jane's husband Michael and their family, daughter-in-law Bethani Semple, granddaughters Kira and Cameron Semple, and cousins Betsy Jones, Dick Jones, and Sally Easter. Rachel will be remembered for her love of family, her loyalty to friends, her practical ways, her enthusiasm for travel, and her devotion to the coast and beaches. Rachel showed us marvelous strength and courage, particularly in recent months, which are her incredible legacies for us. Rachel will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.

With our love.

Rachel's funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, May 22, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 North Second Street, Ashland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Mt. Holyoke College Fund at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, or to Music for Minors in San Carlos, California.

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