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Rachel T. Wise

Birth Date: August 24, 1921
Death Date: March 23, 2017

Rachel Mary Eloise Trummel Wise , 95, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Rachel was born on August 24, 1921, at a farm near Oreana, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis Henry and Nellie Groves Trummel. She was a graduate of Argenta High School and the University of Illinois. She also attained a masters degree from Illinois State University. She taught school in Brocton, Herrick, Tower Hill, and Pana, Illinois.
Rachel was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Decatur; Illinois Retired Teachers; Christian County Retired Teachers; and Tuesday Club of Pana.
Rachel is survived by her five children: Sue Mitchell of Port Edwards, WI; Gwen (Fred) Kendall of Pearl River, NY; Nan (Larry) Wallace of Moweaqua, IL; Jack (Barb) Wise of Hampshire, IL; and Mark (Laurence Lewis) Wise of Oakland, CA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Agnes Trummel of Lovington, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John Carroll Wise, parents, six brothers and a sister, and three grandchildren.
Services to celebrate Rachel’s life will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church, 901 N Main St. Decatur. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Monday, March 27, 2017 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in South Macon Cemetery.
The family of Rachel Mary Eloise Trummel Wise is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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March 27, 2017
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Celebration of Life
March 28, 2017
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  1. Sue, you are the window I have through which I can see your mother. I believe we reflect much of what our parents are to us and clearly your mother was a warm, caring soul and her heart informed her choices and decisions raising her children. She did well. God's peace be with you and your sibs.

  2. So sorry for your loss Nan. I will definitely miss your Mom's smile and sense of humor. She always made my day. God bless you and your family. Deena.

  3. Although we are unable to attend Aunt Mary's visitation and service, we will always remember the bond each and every L.H. Trummel sibling held for each other. We have such fond memories of Aunt Mary and the entire Wise family is in our thoughts and prayers. With love from Chris and Betty Trummel and family

  4. Wishing i did not live so far away and could be at the service to honor Aunt Mary. I will always remember her fondly. One of the memories I have is of her "poem" that she wrote to read for Dad and Mom's (Merle and Eleanor's) 50 wedding anniversary. It was very cleverly written.
    Liz Curtis

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