By Dana Scott, Rachel’s sister
People often wonder what Rachel was really like, so I’ll fill you in. Even though her legacy has changed millions of people’s lives, I can tell you she was a normal teenager who loved life and experienced the same struggles as every other teenager. She made mistakes like everybody else, but somehow, most of the time, found a way to see through her frustrations to see a bigger purpose.
Rachel was born in Denver, CO on a beautiful (and hot) August day. When she was a little girl, you could find tons of ponies, Barbie dolls and dress up clothes that she loved to play with in her room. Being the middle of five kids was not always easy, but she handled it pretty well.
Even from a young age, Rachel seemed to always be socializing with people around her. She wouldn’t pass up a sleepover at a friend’s house, a school dance or a chance to play board games with all of us at home. She loved being around people and was energized by it. She could light up a room with her presence. Rachel always felt sympathy for people less fortunate than herself and always tried to reach out to people with social, mental, or physical handicaps. Rachel learned the power of simple compliments and acts of kindness at an early age.
You could always hear music playing in her room, and sometimes you could hear her singing along. Singing was not one of Rachel’s strong points and her family often teased her about it. She had such a great sense of humor and didn’t seem to mind. She did, however, like to play the piano, and often composed her own simple melodies.
Rachel had a passion for photography. She loved being both behind and in front of the camera. She had a natural flare for acting and loved her acting class. Rachel wasn’t involved in any kind of athletics at school; instead, she focused on the arts, drama and journaling.
Rachel was part of a youth group that helped develop good leadership skills. She was always involved with volunteer opportunities for charitable organizations. She kept her schedule full and enjoyed being active and immersed with as many things as possible. However, like most typical teenagers, she was lazy when it came to doing chores at home.
Rachel had an amazingly unique sense of style. One day she would dress in a cute skirt, heels, and a top and the next day baggy pants with big pockets, flannels and a backwards hat. No matter what she wore she always looked good. The only thing Rachel was self-conscious about was her profile. When she was 5 years old, she tripped on the sidewalk and broke her nose. It left a small bump on the bridge of her nose. Rachel was always worried that people were staring at it when they talked to her.
Rachel had a great sense of humor. She once recorded a voicemail on the home phone that said, “You have reached Queen Rachel and her humble servants… please leave a message after the beep.”
Her middle name, “Joy,” was truly one of the best ways to describe her fun-loving personality.
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