Rachel Elyse Dalton

October 29, 1984 - April 24, 2015
Rachel Elyse Dalton


Rachel Dalton, age 30 of Austin, TX and formerly of Wilmington passed away suddenly on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Rachel was born in Fayetteville, NC on October 29, 1984, a daughter of the late Dale Edward Dalton and Iris Roberts Dalton. Rachel shared her birth date with her late father who had just recently passed away on February 28, 2015.

Rachel is survived by her mother Iris, grandmother Kathleen Janik, sisters Kim Newman and Kris Keane, brothers James Dalton, Daniel Dalton and Paul Dalton, and nephews Colton Keane and Dylan Jones.

After her graduation from Amy Bradley High School in 2003, she continued her education and had received an Associates Degree in Special Education from Cape Fear Community College she loved working with children. She had taken classes at UNC here in Wilmington and was furthering her studies at Austin Community College in Texas to become an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter.

Rachel loved to dance and studied dance at the 5,6,7,8 Dance Studio and the Cape Fear School of the Arts.

Together with her love of dance was her love of music, she was quite an accomplished Flutist.

Rachel will be missed terribly and will always be remembered by those who knew her as a sweet and kind person who was generous and helpful to those she loved and cared for, she had a huge heart and had hopes of making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate who suffered various disabilities.

Memorials made to the Epilepsy Foundation or Pancreatic Cancer Action in memory of Rachel would be greatly appreciated.

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  • April 26, 2015
    Pat & Chris Boettger says:
    Iris - We are so sad to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter, Rachel. She was a down to earth, wonderful young lady. Be assured Rachel and Dale are together in a wonderful place and one day will be reunited with you.

  • April 27, 2015
    Dave Bailey says:
    I never got to meet Rachel in person, but as a long-distance friend of her roommates and dear friends Crystal and Danielle, I did get to know her over the past four years. We traded lengthy emails and some videos and we had great fun together as she helped me plan some birthday surprises for Crystal and Danielle. She kept me laughing and was always such fun to joke around with. My prayers go out to your whole family during this season of great loss for both Dale and Rachel. I'll miss my time with her very much.

  • April 28, 2015
    Crystal Morales says:
    Rachel you will be missed forever. You changed mine and Danielle's lives in more ways than you knew. We enjoyed sharing the last 8 years of our lives with you wether it be through emails and phone calls, to becoming roommates in 2006-2015 We enjoyed teaching you sign language and Braille and you truly became a wonderful and generous person to us by interpreting for us and aiding us when we needed it. You helped us greatly and we helped you the best we could during times of need. We wished we could have done more for you and your beautiful soul. Rest in peace with Dale in Heaven. We love and miss you always "Oh Special One". Love your "Sis" Crystal.

  • April 28, 2015
    wIndy D pEyton says:
    I want to say that I am sorry for your loss she was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.

  • April 28, 2015
    Diana Truitt says:
    I worked with Rachel at jcp for several years. She was such a sweet girl. But more so, she loved to laugh and make other people happy. I loved her passion for learning American Sign Language, and how she cared for making the world a better place for those less fortunate. You were loved, dear Rachel and will be so missed. For her mom and siblings, she talked of yall often, missed you and loved you. She had such happy memories of growing up, and couldn't wait for every family gathering that she could go to. Please know that you are in my prayers. My heart grieves with you. There was no else like Rachel. She shined like a diamond and continues to shine in our hearts.