Rachel 'Rae' Arthur
Billy Arthur advised me this morning that his wife, Rachel (Rae), passed away peacefully yesterday in the Alexandria Hospital surrounded by her family.
She had experienced a catastrophic stroke a couple of days before, while in her doctor's office for follow-up on what she and the family thought had been a minor illness following their most recent shopping trip to England for antiques and collectibles for their small business. She was taken from the doctor's office by the paramedics/EMT's to the Alexandria Hospital and never recovered. Her name was entered on the Class Prayer List yesterday and may she now Rest in Eternal Peace.
The family has not yet determined the time and place for her Memorial Service and is working with the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA, who will handle the arrangements.
Billy will keep us advised when the plans are finalized.
Carl H. McNair, Jr.
Roommate and Life long Friend of Billy Arthur
22 APR 2016
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Rachel 'Rae' M. Arthur
Beloved wife and mother passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 21, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 54 years and 10 months, Lt. Col. (US Army Ret), Billy A. Arthur and son, Richard L. Arthur. Rachel was born on July 31, 1934 in Columbus, Georgia.
In June 1961 Rachel married then Captain Billy A. Arthur in the Fort Benning, GA, Post Chapel. She accompanied her husband throughout his career, to Columbia University, West Point, NY, Germany and back to Fort Benning. Rachel served in federal civil service at many of their postings as an admin administrator and in Intelligence Offices while in Berlin and Heidelberg and held the highest compartmented security clearance.
After her husband''s retirement from the Army he entered Civil Service and was posted back to Germany in 1980 for six years. Reassigned to Washington, DC in 1986, they made their home in Alexandria and Rachel worked at the HQ, Corps of Engineers. By 1994 Rachel had accumulated enough longevity to retire. She then devoted full time to her first love, antiques. An expert in style and virtually all art and crafts, including restoration, needlepoint and upholstery, she had no peer in enhancing common items into the exceptional for her antique shop. She was currently the owner of 'Rae''s Collectibles' in Alexandria, VA.
There will be a service for her at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 followed by burial in Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King Street, Alexandria.