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Eva Rachel Diebolt, 91, Iola, Kan., passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Allen County Hospital.

A rosary is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola, followed by a visitation at the Parish Center. A funeral mass is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at St. John’s Catholic Church, followed by graveside services 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

She was born on July 3, 1921 to Jessie Lenore Trowbridge and Albert Benton Hutchison in Yates Center, Kan.

She attended school and later moved to Princeton, Kan., where she finished school, graduating in 1940.

She was attending nurses training school in Kansas City when she met her first husband, George E. McIntosh. They were married in 1942. After 21 years of marriage and 3 children, George passed away in 1963.

Rachel’s cousin, Maxine, and Lawrence Diebolt were married at nearly the same time. Lawrence and Rachel’s lives were so close, as they both lost their mates three weeks apart. They also both named their first daughters, Gloria. After their mate’s deaths, Rachel began going from Ottawa to Iola to help Lawrence’s girls with canning and caring for the home. She still had one boy at home. Lawrence asked her if she could help him with his family, eight girls and two boys. She agreed and one year later they were married. Rachel had been a Baptist for 42 years, and before they were married, she joined St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. They had been active in the same church since their marriage. They were married 40 years before Lawrence preceded her in death March 3, 2005.

Rachel lived a good life and touched many hearts. She was a joy to be near, always with a smile and a kind word. Her generosity was shown in many ways. She was quite active in bowling for many years, until broken hips made it impossible.

Rachel was past president of Beta Sigma Phi, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Ladies Friday Night Bowling. She was active in St. John’s Altar Society, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and Cancer Reach to Recovery for 20 years. She also belonged to the Iola Hospital Auxiliary for awhile. Rachel was a member of the Sunflower Quilters’ Guild. Her hobbies were bowling, quilting, sewing and she loved to fish.

Rachel will be missed by all who knew her, as she was always ready and willing to help anywhere she was needed.

She was preceded in death by three sons, John McIntosh, George McIntosh and Larry Diebolt; two daughters, Gloria McIntosh and Kathryn Kay Diebolt; grandson Michael Diebolt; two brothers, Albert and Mickey Hutchison; and one sister, Marianne.

Survivors include eight children, Gloria Rawlings and husband, Nick, Pleasanton, Diana David and husband, Buddie, Moran, Don Diebolt and wife, Susan, Iola, Mary Botteron and husband, Richard, Warsaw, Mo., Carol McKinney and husband, Chuck, Dewey, Ariz., Pat Shankel, Shawnee, Clara Guckes and husband, Tim, Menifee, Calif., and Sharon Hughes and husband, Ben, Hillsdale; two daughters-in-law, Donna Diebolt, Welda, and Nola Moore, Ottawa; 28 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or American Legion Auxiliary through the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.

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