Rachel Elizabeth Redford was born in Oklahoma City on February 3, 1986. From the day she was born, her smile could light up a room and she had a heart of gold. Rachel did many things in her short life. From the time she was a baby to a teenager, she was in beauty pageants. She won every title you could imagine, stealing the hearts of every judge she ever had. Rachel also participated in dance and Pom. Not only was she beautiful, but she was very intelligent, always a straight A student, the apple of her mother’s eye. Rachel had many good memories of Yukon. She spent most of her childhood in Yukon where she made lifelong friends: too many to name, but two of her closest friends were Jessica Davis and David Hanks. Rachel had two older brothers Nathan & Ray Surber, and her aunt Becky Bagshaw were so close in age they grew up like sisters. Growing up, Rachel was Becky’s side kick, joined at each other’s hips. She also had another aunt Carman of Yukon, niece Riley & nephew Brody of Washington, grandparents Jackie & Gary Navs of Yukon, lots of cousins including Brandon, Madison, and Caitlynn Navs, Gary Fleming, Shelby & Emma Schell all from Yukon, Landon Harris, Brooklyn Addison, Kaleb & Kolby Bagshaw of Moore, uncle Kevin of Moore, and cousin Patience Surber of Ponca City.
Rachel studied at Peninsula College, Port Angies, WA, graduating in 2008. Rachel went to college because she had a little girl, Kyla Marie Hanley that she wanted to have everything in her life that Rachel hadn’t had and to be proud of her mommy. Rachel wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. She said not too long ago that there are a lot of nursing jobs, but not for her; she said her calling was to be a pediatric nurse for terminally ill children. Rachel lost a son Elijah at three months. So she dedicated her nursing career to helping these children live as long as they could. She was assigned one child at a time. Rachel said,” I have been through the loss of a child so I can help not only the child but the families that are going through losing their child”. She treated each child as they were her own and when she lost one, it was hard. Aunt Becky asked her how she did this job. Rachel replied,” because I truly can make a difference in the hardest time in their child’s and the families lives”. She was a very special person.
Rachel loved her job, but she was a mother first, nurse second. She has two beautiful living children, Kyla Marie who is eleven years old and Christian Blaze who is three years old, and her deceased son Elijah Enrico. Her children were her life, her heart, everything to her. She was moving back to Oklahoma soon. She and her mother were two loving people that only wanted to have peace in their lives. They died a senseless death at the hands of a selfish, controlling person.
Rachel is preceded in death by her son Elijah, mother Kim Redford, uncle Chris, Jennifer MacDonald, great grandpa Alexander McDonald, great grandma Eva McDonald, and grandpa Mike Sokoll.