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She was born Nov. 18, 1973, to Larry and Marilyn (Davis) Mattes. She graduated from Washington High School in 1992. Rachel was a member of Central Christian Church, sang in the choir and was the assistant manager at Goody's.
She is survived by her children, Dakota Mattes, Breana Mattes and Sam Mattes, all of Washington; her father, Larry Mattes of Washington; two sisters, Sarah Stuckey and Rebecca Mattes, both of Indianapolis; nieces Kennedy Stuckey and Kristen Stuckey, both of Indianapolis, and Nevaeh Mattes of Indianapolis.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Edwin L. Mattes and Florida Mattes and Kenneth Davis and Ancille Davis; mother Marilyn Mattes; daughter Kaitlyn Mattes; and son Lucas Mattes.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Central Christian Church, 10 W. Van Trees St., Washington, IN 47501, with Rev. John Dunn officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Central Christian Church.
As a family we remember the uniqueness of Rachel. She was a loving mother, sister, daughter and aunt who was a free spirit who marched to the beat of her own drum. Rachel lived her life on her own terms and never apologized for who she was. She was fiercely loyal and would do whatever she could to help others. She was very outgoing and never met a stranger. She would make you feel comfortable and at ease almost immediately. If she was your friend, she was your friend. If she was not your friend, she was not your enemy.
Rachel was a supporter of the Indiana Donor Network and she believed that even in death, life can go on for others. She was a firm believer that this is what God's will would be, to help others, even in the midst of tragedy, even for one's own family.
The family requests that you please do not send flowers or memorial items. If you wish to express any type of sympathy, please make donations to Central Christian Church, Permanent Memorial Fund or Suicide Prevention, 10 W. Van Trees St., Washington, IN 47501, in honor of Rachel. All checks should be made payable to Central Christian Church.
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