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Rachel Townsend

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Rachel Laurel Townsend, 46, of Yellow Springs, left this earth early in the morning on Tuesday, Nov. 28. 2023. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family’s love, with her parents by her side. She was born Feb. 28, 1977, in Springfield, Ohio, the daughter of Peter H. and Heather G. (Logan) Townsend.

Rachel graduated from Yellow Springs High School in 1995 and Antioch College in 2002 with a degree in environmental science and geology. She was a fierce supporter of the excellence of her Antioch College education, which included a six-month co-op at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading groundwater research centers. She had a brilliant mind, mastering anything she attempted, from geology to oil changes. Rachel worked her way up from a position as a county health inspector to working for the Ohio Department of Health overseeing the safety of all private water wells in Ohio.

She was a Cub Scouts leader and enjoyed knitting. Rachel loved the outdoors, taking walks, collecting rocks and fossils. She was a devoted mother to her son, Devon, and fought fiercely to be here with him as long as she could. Her deepest regret was having to leave him so soon. Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to so many. She could find four-leaf clovers by the dozen. She loved to read, often finishing a book in one sitting. She loved her friends and all the adventures they had over the years. Most of all, she loved being a mom and spending time with her beloved son, Devon.

Rachel is survived by her parents, Peter and Heather Townsend; her son, Devon Townsend; sister, Kristin Fagan (Seth Fowble); two nephews, Wyatt and Grady Fagan; and her Canadian family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at


2 Responses to “Rachel Townsend”

  1. Sheryl Huebinger says:

    OMG! I just read the article that Rachel is no longer around. I send my sincere condolences to Peter and Heather Townsend and her family. My heart goes out to all of you and she was still so very young. She had a remarkable and wonderful life and I will never forget her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Donna Evans says:

    My thoughts and prayers for all of the Townsend Family. A life lost too young, may Rachel rest in peace.

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