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Rachel L. Clapp Dales
September 23, 1981–July 14, 2013
Rachel L. Dales, 31, of Anamosa, Iowa died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Manning Hospital after a courageous and hard fought battle with breast cancer.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa. Friends and family called from 4:00-8:00 p.m., on July 17 at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Burial was at Mayflower Cemetery in Oxford Junction, Iowa.
Rachel L. Dales was born September 23, 1981 in Maquoketa to Len and Sally (Persels) Clapp. She was united in marriage on November 29, 2003 to Michael Dales at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming.
Rachel graduated from Midland High School in 2000, then attended Hawkeye Community College to become a Dental Assistant. Upon becoming a mother she stayed home to take care of her children. She was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, where she was president of the youth group.
She enjoyed chorus, band, plays, and musicals. Rachel loved spending time with her family. She loved to cook and decorate cakes. She was totally dedicated to her family and volunteered at their school and was a substitute teacher for their preschool in Story City.
Rachel made every birthday and holiday a special celebration and loved decorating her home for each. Many memories were made on family vacations; Disney World and the Smoky Mountains were favorite destinations.
Rachel was an inspiration to all who shared her life and will be remembered for her strength, spirit and deep love for her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Michael; three children, Emma, Logan, and Addison of Anamosa; parents Len and Sally Clapp of Wyoming; one sister, Allison (Josh) VonSprecken of Anamosa; nephew Kaden VonSprecken of Anamosa; and maternal grandparents, Dwayne and Hazel Persels of Oxford Junction.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents.

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Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 19 July 2013

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