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Born: Dec 22, 1977

Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2022

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December 22, 1977 - September 17, 2022

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce that Rachel Noelle McDonald passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at the St Pierre Jolys Hospital at the age of 44 years.
Rachel is survived by her father Douglas McDonald; her sisters, Leah (Nick Reeder), Sarah (Ryan Horvath); nephew Zaiden, niece Ava; cousins, Rebekah Schmulgen, Simon R., Gavin Gray, Lindsay Gray, Jessie-Lee Coggan, Christopher Coggan and Melanie Coggan; as well as many aunts and uncles. She was predeceased by her mother Brenda McDonald.
Rachel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the first of three girls to Doug and Brenda. She grew up in St Vital, attending Darwin School followed by Dakota Collegiate.
Rachel was an avid snowboarder and went to Panorama for a season on the slopes. This is where her journey into the world of natural healing began and she started exploring and learning through books, events, seminars and travel.
This took her to a yoga and spirituality/wellness retreat. From here she moved to Montreal, where she lived for almost 15 years. In Montreal she became a Thai yoga massage therapist working at a studio offering healing and wellness packages. She worked in the natural health industry with various proprietors. She found solace in nature coming back to Winnipeg often to be with family and spend days at the lake.
In 2020 she was invited to work in BC with a harvesting company, spending a season with them, followed by a season harvesting fruit from different orchards.
In 2021, she went back to Montreal with the intention of returning to BC permanently to pursue her dreams of living and creating a tiny home village. She wanted to have a mobile apothecary, where she would share her healing knowledge.
In late spring, Rachel returned to Winnipeg where she spent her last few months in comfort with family.
Rachel has an indomitable spirit, energetic force and love of life and nature. She is a magnetic force, people gravitated to her.
As Rachel is welcomed into this new journey of her life, please join us for a Celebration of Life. Funeral services will be held at the Mosaic Funeral Home at 1839 Inkster Blvd, Winnipeg, MB at 10:00 a.m. A reception to follow. A private internment will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Vital Cemetery.

I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ilsa Shore (acquaintance) on: Sep 28, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending huge hugs and condolences to the McDonald family. - Posted by: Candice, Paul & Family (Cottage friends - Grand Marais, MB) on: Sep 26, 2022

  • Rachel, Words cannot express the deep and profound sadness I feel that you left us so suddenly. You brought light and love to everyone that had the privilege of knowing you… You were like a sister to me, from many of my earliest childhood memories, drifting in and out of my life; playful, loving, then estranged, then back again as if time stood still. Always remaining the same Rachel I have always known. Fun, wild, and free. You were the spark of life… I can still hear you screaming: “Go faster! Go faster!” when you were 15, and we were racing down Bishop Grandin Blvd. over 200 Km/h in my car. Do you remember? That was classic Rachel, and you never changed. You always loved adventure, and fun and dancing; challenging conventional wisdom, and social norms; You were all about love, caring and freedom. This past Christmas, towards the end of the evening as you danced atop my table, getting the party started… I never thought for a moment that when you left Montreal, I would not see you again. I realize that life is but a fleeting moment and a handful of memories, but also through your passing, I realized that you achieved your goals. Your mission here was complete. You wanted to be with your mom, and you wanted to be free. You’re free now Angel. When I look up to the night sky and see a bright new star twinkling away, I will know that is you; next to your mom, shaking things up in Heaven. It could only be someone as beautiful as you. S.U.L. Cuz - Love and admiration - Posted by: Simon R. (Family ) on: Sep 26, 2022

  • I think I first met Rachel (Ray Ray as she was called) less than a year ago--probably late last year or early this year, and wow! What a character! I immediately took a liking to her. I think we exchanged phone numbers that evening, and have been friends ever since. One day, Ray Ray needed some help with something, and I'm happy to say that I helped her. She was appreciative of me. I wish to extend my condolences to Rachel's family and friends. - Posted by: DK Fynn (Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • I truly believe ray ray will be continuing to spread her beautiful gift through us all that she’s touched !!!(her soft voice💜 ) I was so blessed to have met her and I know her soul is strong and she is natures angel now… 🙏 - Posted by: Brandy jaques (Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Rachel I'm gonna miss you so much, especially when you would call me and say, Bunny you gotta come out to the Montreal Reggae Festival every year, I wanted to but never got the chance to enjoy it with you, but all the music we share together when I play them now I know you will be enjoying them with Me. gonna miss you my Fam - Posted by: Bunny Leater (Family Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

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