Rachel (Taylor) Hale, 94-year-old lifelong Maud resident, passed from this life Monday, March 4, 2019, in Seminole.

Rachel (Taylor) Hale, 94-year-old lifelong Maud resident, passed from this life Monday, March 4, 2019, in Seminole.

She was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Carr City (near Maud) to Wiley Taylor and Lois Kelly (Slaughter) Taylor. Rachel beat her twin brother Raymond into the world by 2 minutes and reminded him often that, “She was the oldest.” Rachel was also a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma the Mekusukey Band.

On Sept. 21, 1940, Rachel married the love of her life, Lemual Roy Hale, in Maud. Rachel was a homemaker that followed her husband on his many pipeline jobs, taking the couple through 42 states while raising their boys.

Rachel loved making her yard look beautiful with her many flowers. She took pleasure in the compliments she would receive and was delighted when she won “yard of the week” in September 1994. Rachel enjoyed painting ceramics and made sure each of her family members received ceramics that she had made for Christmas and birthdays. Rachel also took pleasure in cooking for her family. She was a star amongst her grandchildren for her homemade chicken and dumplings.

Rachel was a longtime faithful member of the East Oak Church of God in Maud.

Rachel leaves to cherish her memory one son and daughter-in-law, Donald Ray Hale and his wife Vera of Eufaula; five grandchildren, Vonda Kay Gendron of Long Prairie, Minnesota, Neal Allen Hale and his wife Kerri of Owasso, Donald Leroy Hale of Maud, Terry Jay Hale and his wife Cora of Seminole, Tina Renae Hale Tanyan and her husband Clifton of Seminole; six great-grandchildren, Mackenzie T. Hale of Owasso, Ashley M. Hale of Edmond, Amanda Kelly Marie Smith of Oklahoma City, Tyler J. Hale of Seminole, Ethan K-W Tanyan of Seminole, Lindsey M. Larney of Seminole; four great-great-grandchildren, Sylar Fae, Bray’Lee Lynn, Bryce’Son Monroe and Lilah Jane; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, by her loving husband of 66 years, Lemual Roy Hale, who died on June 16, 2007, and by two sons, Freddie Roy Hale, who died April 28, 1983, and James Lee Hale, who died July 22, 1951. Rachel was also preceded in death by four brothers, (twin) Raymond Taylor, Charlie Pierce, Alfred Pierce and James Pierce, by three sisters, Vergie Cullum, Mary Lee Brewer and Dolly Blackwell.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, March 8, at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, with Hershal Davis officiating the service. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud, where she will be laid to rest by her husband Lemual.

Casket bearers will be Neal Hale, Donald Leroy Hale, Terry Hale, Clifton Tanyan, Butch Pierce and Dennis Brewer.

Honorary bearers will be Jerry Woody, Mackenzie Hale, Ethan Tanyan, Bryce’Son Lefthand, Tyler Hale and her numerous nephews.

No statement is adequate enough to describe Rachel Hale. To know Rachel was to love her and she will be dearly missed by many.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.