Rachel Ann Rundle Hoovestol passed away peacefully at her family home in Duluth, Georgia at the age of 87, on February 25, 2018. She was born in March of 1930, in Dickinson, North Dakota to Earl Rundle and Edith Aird. In the following years she was joined by brothers Robert and Don Philip, and little sister Lynne. They lived on the family ranch in southwestern North Dakota, where the children enjoyed the outdoors and being around the lambs, horses and dogs. The children did odd jobs around their father’s newspaper shop and were proud to help fold papers, etc.
Rachel graduated from the Wahpeton School of Science where she learned to operate the Linotype, an important piece of newspaper equipment in those days. She subsequently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota. At the University she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, worked on the school newspaper and yearbooks, was active in the drama troupe “Dakota Playmakers” and the women’s journalism honorary society Theta Sigma Phi.
Rachel met Richard Hoovestol at the University and they married after graduation and had four sons together, Brent, David, Jon, and Steven. Rachel worked as a newspaper reporter, typesetter, and later became a real estate agent in Duluth, Georgia. The family was active in the Duluth Methodist Church with Rachel singing in the choir and Richard teaching Sunday school. She liked people, regularly donated blood to the Red Cross, and enjoyed playing the piano and playing bridge. Rachel will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by husband Richard, son David, her parents, brothers Robert and Don Philip Rundle, and several beloved uncles and aunts including Auntie Ethel Rundle who made her home with the Hoovestols part of the time.
She is survived by her sister Lynne Carlson (Al), sons Brent (Starr), Jon, Steven (Kimberly), grandchildren James (Juanita), Hope, Nissa, Leeanne Kline (Jake), and Katie, and great-grandchildren Jason Dasher, Karina, and Lucas.
Services will be held Sunday, May 6, at the Duluth First United Methodist Church, 3208 Ga. Hwy 120 (Duluth Hwy), Duluth, GA 30096. A reception with snacks will be about 12:15 pm, and the celebration of life service will be at 2:00 pm.