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  • Obituary: Rachel Phoebe Farley Perry

  • Rachel Phoebe Farley of McAllen, Texas, daughter of Amos Roy (A.R.) and Alice (Kersey) Farley was born June 23, 1922, in Topeka, Kan. She died at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen on July 22, 2013, at the age of 91.
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  • Rachel Phoebe Farley of McAllen, Texas, daughter of Amos Roy (A.R.) and Alice (Kersey) Farley was born June 23, 1922, in Topeka, Kan. She died at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen on July 22, 2013, at the age of 91.
    Her father was a pioneer pastor in the Assemblies of God, and she moved with her parents to several communities in Kansas during her childhood. She graduated from Dighton (Kansas) High School in 1940 and traveled with her father in evangelistic meetings before she attended Zion Bible Institute in Zion, Ill., one year and then Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., where she graduated with a diploma in 1944.
    On May 28, 1950, she married John Perry in Wichita, Kan. They served pastorates for 25 years at Assemblies of God churches in Jetmore, Elwood, and Wellsville, Kan., and Eldora, Hamburg, and Truesdale, Iowa. In 1975 she received a BA degree from Buena Vista University, and, in the fall of 1975, she began teaching at Independence Christian Academy in Independence, Iowa. She and Rev. Perry taught at Christian schools in Independence and Burlington, Iowa; Freeport, Ill.; Sanford, Fla.; Laredo and Roma, Texas; and Miguel Aleman, Mexico, until they retired from teaching in 2004.
    Rachel received the Lord Jesus into her life when she was a young child and loved and followed Him all her days. She extended practical care for the people God placed in her life and gave freely of her time and other gifts and resources entrusted to her. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in McAllen. After she and Rev. Perry retired, they did hospital visitation for the church and also helped lead weekly services at the Heritage Assisted Living Center.
    She is survived by her husband, John, of McAllen; daughter, Sharon (Kenneth) Holmgren, of St. Paul, Minn.; son Forrest (Judy) Perry of McAllen; four grandchildren, Paul (Rose) Holmgren of St. Paul, Rachel (Jonathan) Larson of Lakeville, Minn., Samuel (Josie) Holmgren of Bacolod City, Negros, Philippines, and Philip (Barb) Perry of Sheridan, Wyo.; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Forrest (Joan) L. Farley, of Joliet, Ill.; sisters Amy Strang of Longwood, Fla., and Una (Bob) Courtney of Kansas City, Mo.; and 11 nephews and nieces. She was preceded by son Roy.
    A funeral service was Aug. 11 at the First Assembly of God in McAllen. Burial was at Rio Grande Valley Veterans Cemetery in Mission.
    Memorials are suggested to the building fund of the First Assembly of God in McAllen or to the Missions Ministry of their grandson Sam Holmgren (checks payable to Kenneth Holmgren). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.

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