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Rachel’s 100!
Nancy Fisher | 24th Street

Photo Mike Salt.
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Rachel in the ‘40s.
Provided by Rachel Reed.
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A week before the party relatives started rolling in from as far as Alabama and the Black Hills of South Dakota to celebrate Rachel Reed’s 100th birthday on January 5th. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, joined dozens of Del Mar neighbors, residents, and friends from all over the map to honor their mother, aunt, grandmother…and well, you get the picture.

Rachel was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida, where driver’s licenses weren’t required, so at age fourteen she was taught to drive a Model T by her eleven-year-old brother and —with a lot of life stories in between –landed in Del Mar in 1959. By 1968, she’d built a new home for herself and her children, David and Diana, on 24th Street, where she’s been a beloved neighbor ever since.

Life Magazine,
May 16, 1938.

Rachel Harris, a freshman at Rollins College, diving into fire at a night exhibition. About a gallon 0f gasoline was poured on the water and lighted. She dived through the flames with no protection whatever.
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After retiring from her career as a Supervising Probation Officer, Rachel continued her lifelong love of creating art in many media, combing the beach daily for driftwood and recyclable objects suitable for her projects, and of volunteering in the community. Mayor David Druker, in a Proclamation delivered at the party, recalled that she was honored by the City for her over thirty years of service to Meals on Wheels, that she was an early member of the Del Mar Farmer’s Market (serving as Treasurer for twenty years), and was on one of the committees that wrote Del Mar’s Community Plan. In addition, she served on the original Lagoon Committee, the Ad Hoc Housing Element Committee, and often ran the book sales as a member of the Friends of the Library.

Following the Mayor’s speech, as a gift from the neighbors, local band “Seaside Brass” performed for the crowd of 130 partiers, concluding with a rousing “Happy Birthday to You,” sung by all!
And, many more, Rachel!



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