Rachel Lynn Spelman

  • Born: October 18, 1993
  • Died: March 18, 2017
  • Location: Lakeway, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734

Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rachel Spelman, 23, of Lakeway, Texas tragically passed away on March 18, 2017 in Dallas, Texas; the victim of a hit and run accident. Rachel was born on October 18, 1993 in Austin, Texas to her adoring parents, Thomas and Cheryl Spelman. Rachel was a "lifer" in the Lake Travis School District and upon graduating from Lake Travis High School in 2012 she proudly enrolled and was accepted into Texas A&M University. Rachel spent four wonderful years in College Station and in 2016 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and a minor in Business. While at "The Best University on Earth", Rachel was a member of Lamda Pi Eta Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Eta National Honor Societies. She was also a VERY PROUD member of the Texas A&M Delta Delta Delta Sorority where she served in multiple officer positions as a respected leader. Rachel considered it the greatest blessing in the world to spend 3 years at Texas A&M together with her younger sister, Katie, Class of 2017. Upon graduation, Rachel proudly began her professional career at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Plano, Texas as an Inside Sales Account Manager.

Rachel is survived by her parents, Tom and Cheryl; her sister, Katie; grandparents, Dave and Nan Conkling; Aunts Catherine (Steve) Lackey of Decatur, TX, Carolyn (Bob) Peterson of Cleveland, OK, Mary Lee (Bud) Bailey of Dayton, OH, Ruth (Roger) Ellis of Denver, CO, Patricia (Mark) Verbanick of Munhall, PA, Judy (Ted) Misko of Moon Township, PA; many beloved cousins, extended family, friends and her precious dog, Zoie. Rachel was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Leona and Thomas Spelman and her uncle Davy Conkling.

Rachel was a cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Her family was the most important thing in her life. Rachel loved nothing more than spending quality time with her family and her many friends. She took such genuine, caring interest in everyone she encountered and deeply touched the lives of them all. Rachel loved her life and lived it to the fullest.

At an early age, Rachel became very involved in the Lakeway Church Youth Group and spent countless hours learning about her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, where she developed a devotion and passion that would guide and inspire her throughout her life.

Rachel had beauty, wit, a laugh and a smile that were one of a kind. Incredibly smart and a hard worker, she often held multiple jobs while maintaining a near 4.0 GPA. Rachel was a "Yes!" friend…always there for anyone who needed her. She will leave an indelible memory for everyone who met her. Rachel Lynn Spelman was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, March 25th, in Lakeway at Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohman's Crossing Road, Lakeway, TX 78734.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations to a scholarship established in Rachel's name. Contributions may be made to the Lake Travis Education Foundation, P.O. Box 340759, Lakeway, Texas, 78734; Rachel Spelman Memorial Scholarship listed in the memo line.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of your family during this difficult anniversary.

Posted by Lori Riley - Austin - Neighbor   March 17, 2018


May God wrap his arms around your family! Still think of the tragic loss of your sweet daughter but know she is with the Lord!

Posted by Mom from Dallas    April 25, 2017

Tom, Cheryl, and Katie,
I can't stop thinking of ya'll and won't stop praying for ya'll. I just watched some of the Sandy Hook parents speaking on their grief on tv. A couple of things stood out and made me think of ya'll. First, friends will think speaking of Rachel will only make you more sad, so they will avoid doing so. These parents said that is the opposite of true. They need to speak often of their child to keep that memory alive. Second, one mom said her pastor said this at her daughter's memorial: "Life has many seasons. You are entering a very long winter season. The winter can be made more bearable with faith, family and friends." Lean on those 3 things heavily right now. Rachel's life goes on in the hearts of those who loved her. That will never change. Leslie Morton

Posted by Leslie Morton    April 17, 2017

Praying for your family everyday - your Rachel was beautiful inside and out! You must have been the best parents to have raised such an amazing, sweet person! By looking at her picture, I can tell how much she loved life and was a very happy person.
I will continue to pray for your family. Rachel is with the Lord now and you will see her again.

An Aggie Mom from Dallas

Posted by An Aggie MOM    April 13, 2017

Time may have passed but your precious daughter's memory and impact she has made will never pass. My only, my daughter Lindsay was killed 8 years ago, March 1 in College Station. A dear friend of mine form the Lakeway area sent me a text about Rachel. I am reaching out to you as a mom that has walked this journey for 8 years to give you hope and to tell you about a wonderful organization called the Christi Center. Please look them up. It's free, you will never pay for their service. Praying God comforts you and gives you peace that only HE can give. If you need to talk, please don't hesitate to contact me through Facebook.

Posted by Lisa Walters Brown - Goldthwaite, TX   April 06, 2017

I am so sorry to learn of your family's tragic loss. My heart is saddened and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's everlasting comfort help you through this time of deep sorrow. 2 Thess 2:16-17

Posted by Donna-Marie    March 28, 2017


Posted by MARY(KUGLMAIER) &TOM JANCZEWSKI - Pittsburgh, PA   March 27, 2017

We are so very sorry for your loss - Tom, Cheryl and Katie. Our hearts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

Posted by Bruce & Lori Griggs - The Hills, TX - friend   March 27, 2017

Our deepest condolences and prayers are with your family during this unbelievably difficult time. Words cannot express the sorry felt.

David and Donna Rizos

Posted by David Rizos - Dallas, TX - Coworker   March 27, 2017

Our deepest sympathies, thoughts & prayers are with your family.

Posted by Thomas & Tina Cain - Calabash, NC - family   March 25, 2017

At times like these, we need to trust in the Lord's plan and pray that he remains by your side. We are so heartbroken for you and for the world without Rachel's beautiful spirit. May God bless you all...

Posted by Maureen & Michael Moore - Austin, TX - friend   March 25, 2017

Tom and Family,
Tom, you and I were neighbors a long time ago on Pinewood Drive. I read about your loss of a wonderful daughter, family member and friend. It made me feel so sad that I had to express my heartfelt sympathy for this tragic event. I cannot adequately articulate my feelings, but please know that Rachel and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers every day. I'm sure her memories will be everlasting.
John & Eileen Huber
Myrtle Beach, SC

Posted by A friend   March 25, 2017

My deepest condolences for your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, prayers for peace and comfort. Sending much love and hugs. ❤ Amy Edwards

Posted by Amy Edwards - Austin, TX - Friend   March 25, 2017

My heart goes out to your loving family. There are no words for such a terrible loss, but know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kitty Fleming - Lakeway, TX   March 24, 2017


Prayers Juanita Campbell & Family

Posted by Juanita Campbell - Enid, OK - friend   March 24, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rachel's family during this difficult time. We loved working with her. She was part of our HPE family and we will miss talking to her daily. She made amazing contributions to the company and also provided solutions to help protect and keep our country safe.

Fatemeh Corlett

Posted by Fatemeh Corlett    March 24, 2017

Continued prayers for strength and grace over all of you. I am so sorry for this tragic loss. May God wrap His arms around all you, today, tomorrow and always.

Posted by Amanda Miller - Lakeway, TX   March 24, 2017


Mrs. Spelman, I did not know your daughter personally, but I know she was just as sweet and kind as you. I will keep her in my thoughts and my prayers.

Posted by Kylie Wakefield (PALs class 2015-2016) - Lakeway, Texas, TX - Student   March 23, 2017

Tom, Cheryl and Katie,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful daughter and sister. Know that we are praying for you all.
Much love,
Johnny, Traci, Emily and Jack Burrus

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2017

Although I only met Rachel once, I will always remember her. We were all watching the Cowboy's playoff game and she was the only one smart enough to bring a rain jacket that day lol so while Toni and I attempted to shield ourselves with our scarves, I couldn't help but envy Rachel's hood. Not only was she absolutely stunning, but she was also very kind. My deepest condolences to your family.

Kinsleigh Vranish

Posted by Kinsleigh Vranish - Dallas, TX   March 23, 2017

Tom, Cheryl & Katie,
Our deepest condolences for your loss of sweet Rachel. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
With our sympathy,
Rick & Jayne Harvey

Posted by Jayne Harvey - Austin, TX - Friend   March 23, 2017

Although No word is enough to help you take away your pain, but our Heavenly Father can give the strength and the comfort to those with a broken heart. Psalms 9:9. May you be granted the inner peace to help you cope with your loss. Our thoughts are with you; Please accept our sincere condolences. JW Florida

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2017

My sincere condolences to the Spelman family in the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort give your family peace and strength to endure this most difficult time, as you continue to reflect on your cherished memories of your loved one. Psalms 29:11

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2017

Our prayers are with you and your family.

Mary Donna Moceri
(Toni Cruse aunt)

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2017

Tom, Cheryl and Katie, We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful, vibrant daughter and sister. She radiated joy and love to all who crossed her path. The world is a darker place without her shining spirit.

Sincerest condolences,
Julie, Chloe and Brigette Wolf

Posted by Julie Wolf - Houston, TX   March 23, 2017


Our hearts are shattered over the loss of Rachel. Very difficult to even attempt to find words
May the love of family and friends bring you comfort and the love of our Lord, peace. Love you
Geri Gabriel

Posted by Geri Gabriel - Lakeway, TX - Friend   March 23, 2017


What a terrible loss of an amazing young woman. Our prayers are with the entire family.

Posted by Rick Toth - Austin, TX - Family Friend   March 23, 2017

Bright lights in the world never fade.Love always to the family

Posted by Mary Herth - Longmont, CO - friend   March 23, 2017

Cheryl, I am heartbroken for your loss. I can only pray that you and your family can find comfort in knowing that she sounds the same as I remember you at that age. I knew that you would be a great parent. I know that I can't understand this tragedy and it is even harder for you, but I believe that our faith and our prayers will help us focus on the good of Rachel's life and your time you had together.

Posted by Don Southerland - Plano, TX - Friend   March 22, 2017


Ms. Cheryl, I couldn't believe it when I saw the news here in Dallas. I am so very sorry for your loss of Rachel. You, Mr. Tom and Ms. Nan and Mr. Dave and the entire extended Conkling clan are in our prayers.

Nichole Waggoner-Gambulos
Warren, Yvonne, JR, and RexAnne Waggoner

Posted by NIchole Waggoner-Gambulos - Dallas, TX - Family Friend   March 22, 2017

I wish there were words that could comfort you. Please know that Jay and I are praying for your family.

Posted by Dorothy & Jay McHugh - North Richland Hills, TX - Friend   March 22, 2017

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Cheryl, you and your family have my deepest condolences and please know that you all will forever be in my prayers. I pray that God gives you all peace that surpasses all understanding. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. God Bless you....

Posted by Cheronda Coleman - Bee Cave, TX - Coworker   March 22, 2017

Posted by Dorothy & Jay McHugh - North Richland Hills, TX - classmate   March 22, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss. We are here whenever and for whatever.

Posted by Lori Riley - Lakeway, TX - Neighbor   March 22, 2017

I did not know your sweet daughter, Rachel, but my son lives in uptown. I know he and his friends have walked that street many times! I am praying for your family. May God wrap his arms around your family. You were blessed to have such a precious daughter!

Posted by Just a Stranger - Dallas   March 22, 2017

Tom and Family,
I'm deeply saddened to hear about Rachel. May God grant you His grace in your suffering. Sharon and I are praying for your family.

Posted by Scott Reynolds - Flagstaff, AZ - Friend   March 22, 2017

Sweet Rachel was in my third grade class. She was delightful and will be missed by so many. Rachel was taken to soon, but God will have a special place for her. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Betsy McCraine - Lakeway, TX - Teacher   March 22, 2017

I have two sons that were lifers at Lake Travis a little younger than your daughter. My heartfelt condolences.
Mike Bewley

Posted by Mike Bewley - Austin, TX   March 22, 2017


Tom and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. If I can be of service or help in anyway please do not hesitate in contacting me. Phillip Vest

Posted by Phillip Vest - Huntsville, AL - Coworker   March 22, 2017


How many times can I type and erase my words because they seem so inadequate? I'm up to five so far. Tom and Cheryl, we are deeply sorry for your loss and the pain you are in. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending the biggest cyber hug possible!

Posted by Eric & Jody Shumway - Mesa, AZ - Family Friend   March 22, 2017


To the Spelman family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your family members. We pray that you find peace and comfort and may God bless this family.

Posted by David, Melissa, Bryan, Austin and Lauren Etienne - Lakeway, TX - Friend   March 22, 2017


Tom and Cheryl, I'm so saddened by the news of your loss. It just breaks my heart. There's nothing I can say that will help ease the pain from this tragic event. Leslie and I are praying for you and your precious family.

- Jerry and Leslie C, Flagstaff Mar 22, 2017

Posted by Jerry Crawley - Flagstaff, AZ - Friend   March 22, 2017

Our hearts are heavy for your family. We pray that God gives your family comfort, peace, and love during this difficult time. We will always remember Rachel as a loving person who always wanted to make others feel welcomed.

Posted by Hunter, Connor, Marci, and Wendel Sundbeck - Lakeway, TX - Friend   March 22, 2017


I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask. Sending hugs and love from Ohio.

Posted by Diane Timken - OH   March 22, 2017

I only knew Rachel through the newspapers, but it was evident that she was a very special young woman. I can only imagine the pain her family is going through. Please accept the prayers and concern of a stranger who is touched by her.

Posted by A Stranger - SAN ANTONIO, TX   March 22, 2017

Tom, Cheryl, Katie .... I am so very sorry for your loss . Rachel was soooo beautiful inside and out ! I cannot imagine the pain you all are in.. I will be praying for you everyday that God helps and comforts you !! ❤❤❤

Posted by Bonnie Gilliam - Lakeway, TX - Friend   March 22, 2017

Dearest Spelman family, we are heartbroken. Rachel will always be remembered for her sweet spirit and kind heart. We pray for peace and comfort for your sweet family. Sending our love.

Posted by Morgan, Diane, Marcus Boone - Lakeland, FL - Friend   March 22, 2017


Tom & Cheryl, Nothing we can say will take away the pain of losing a daughter. It has been 20 years since losing Abby, but the pain still remains and comes back so intensely when one of my friends joins this horrible fraternity of losing our child. Our prayers are with you all, Patsy and Rod Harrell, Morgan and Hunter Hendrix

Posted by Patsy Harrell - Austin, TX - Friend   March 21, 2017

I am dear friends of the Misko family, and while I never had the opportunity to be in Rachel's presence, my heart breaks for them, for her parents and sister, and for everyone whom Rachel touched during her life.

Posted by Lori Cole - Cranberry Twp., PA - Family Friend   March 21, 2017

My heart aches for your family. Such a beautiful young woman. God bless all of you. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Lori Lucas - Coraopolis, PA - Family Friend   March 21, 2017

I didn't know Rachel well, but we were coworkers and the times I did meet and speak with her at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in Plano, Texas she was just an incredible person. A sweet young lady, an #Aggie #GigEm, a #Texan born in #ATX, so sweet, smart, funny (able to laugh at herself) confident, just a beautiful person inside and out. I just want to send continued prayers to her family and friends. #Godspeed

Posted by Lee Hamner - Plano, TX - coworker   March 21, 2017

Cheryl , I am so so sorry for your loss of your daughter Rachel. Sending prayers and hugs to you, Tom and your daughter Katie!

Posted by Barbara Humphrey - Katy, TX - friend   March 20, 2017

Rachel was a believer and a very beautiful, caring and loving family member.

Posted by A friend   March 20, 2017

Posted by Steve Lackey - Decatur, TX - family   March 20, 2017

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