I choose to live in joy
I embrace joy and wholeness
I am peaceful and calm
With each breath I am filled with joy and well-being
Joy and healing energy surround me
As I live in joy I am restored to wholeness and peace
I am blessed with perfect joyful thoughts
My mind, body, and spirit are renewed in joy and
I am filled with the unlimited possibilities of living
fully in joyful gratitude

These are the words our beautiful Rachel Anne Nelson lived by. These words carried her through life’s
struggles and allowed her to smile and be courageous in her final days. Her spirit will live on in these words
and also in our hearts knowing the JOY she brought to each and every one of us.

Rachel grew up in Mount Shasta and lived in the area her entire life. She was attending classes in the medical field at College of the Siskiyous with aspirations in becoming a medical assistant.

Rachel Nelson, 31, of Weed, California passed away in the comfort of her stepmother’s home in Jacksonville, Oregon on March 18, 2012 as a result of her battle with breast cancer. Loved ones were by her side when she peacefully allowed her spirit to soar. Her fight with breast cancer was a long and painful one, and now her fight has ended and she can once again find the JOY she sought every day.

Rachel is survived by her siblings: Amber Dixon, Cathryn Witty, Sonja Nelson and Abe Nesbitt, along
with their families. She is also survived by her loving stepmothers, Ludmilla Nelson and Peggy Short, her
Aunt Judy Farrar, and many more loving aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many wonderful friends
including those that took the time to assist Rachel and our family during this time of need.

A Celebration of Life to honor Rachel will be held in June. Arrangements are being handled by family
members and friends. Details will be announced in mid-May.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to your local chapter of Breast Cancer
awareness, treatment and research.

Those that we love don’t go away.
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.

So loved, so dear, and so very missed...