Rachel Kauffman Garber Lovett - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Rachel Kauffman Garber Lovett

Born September 24, 1925

Rachel Kauffman Garber Lovett, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Rachel was born in Mount Joy, PA on September 24, 1925, and was a daughter of the late Norman Garber and Belle Kauffman Garber. She was a very active 4-H member throughout her youth. After completing high school, Rachel graduated from Drexel University, where she met her husband, Orval. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She would then accept a position as an extension agent in the state of Maryland where she worked until marrying. The couple relocated to Texas in 1948 and would eventually settle in Delaware in 1953, where they made their home.

Rachel was a longtime and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark where she sang in the choir. She gave of her time and talents as a Girl Scout leader for many years when her daughters were younger. An avid golfer, Rachel enjoyed playing at the Newark Country Club and served along with her husband as a volunteer marshall for various LPGA tournaments. In her leisure time, she greatly enjoyed traveling along with her husband and the two visited many countries throughout the years. Above all else, Rachel was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Orval P. Lovett, Jr. She is survived by her children, Nancy Lewis (William) of Newark, DE, William Lovett (Deborah) of Mohnton, PA, Susan Rutter (Mark) of Glendale, AZ, Thomas Lovett (Linda) of Portland, OR and Barbara Johns (Ian) of Mt. Holly, NJ; brothers, Norman Garber of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Simon Garber of Cary, NC; sister, Margaret Brown of Mt. Joy, PA; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Vitas Hospice and White Chapel for the exceptional care they provided for Rachel.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, February 7, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 W. Main Street, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in the church’s memorial garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.


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  • My heart goes out to you.I got to know Rachel here at White Chapel and she was a lovely person. She is now in a better place. No more suffering. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a sweet person and good friend to my parents and surrogate for me when my father passed away and my mom needed help. Hugs to your family