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Official Obituary of

Rachel Ann Drummons-Speakmen

January 27, 1975 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 49) 49 Years Old

Rachel Drummons-Speakmen Obituary

Rachel Ann Drummons, born January 27, 1975 had just turned 49 when she departed this life on February 18, 2024. Her passing was sudden and has devastated her family and friends. Rachel was a force to be reckoned with and a consummate free spirit. Her loss leaves a palpable void in the lives of those who knew and loved her best.

Rachel was born in St. Charles, Missouri, and spent her childhood in Georgia. She lit out from home pretty much immediately after graduating high school, and I doubt she ever looked back. It just wasn’t like Rachel to do that.

I met Rachel more than twenty years ago when we were both waitressing at a local, countrified steak-house. (Reno’s for all you Circleville natives.) She helped me get the hang of line dancing and we became fast friends. We both had young sons at the time and the two of them became friends as well. Our lives became intertwined and we hung out with bikers, partied like there was no tomorrow, hiked, worked and each welcomed another child into our families.

Of the two of us, Rachel was always the daring one, and that is a part of why I love her (I refuse to use the past tense). She always, always, did things her own way.

She moved down south for a while, and then came back to Ohio with a months old daughter in tow when she left an abusive partner. We lived together for a while then, each of us with three children at that point, our youngest daughters only months apart in age, and neither of them a year old yet. What a household… that Christmas was one to remember, not only did we have ourselves and six young kids in the house but my daughters’ dad hauled in the biggest Christmas tree imaginable on Christmas Eve! So we stuffed that into the apartment as well!

Soon after, Rachel moved to Athens, Ohio where she worked to support her three children and managed to complete a degree in Archeology… No small feat and she did it because she loved archeology, she loved being outside and the subject interested her. She never really made any great financial gains from having obtained her degree, but I doubt she much cared. She did it because that’s what she wanted to do.

I was always amazed at how much joy and life Rachel could create from, often times, very little. During those years, among the several places Rachel and her family lived, was in a trailer in the hills outside of Athens and a cabin with no indoor bathroom, among others. Those were my favorite places to visit and we would spend long weekends’ together swimming at Stroud’s Run, cooking lots of food, celebrating birthdays (her kids or mine, didn’t matter) and watching our kids grow up!

For the last seven or eight years Rachel has worked for Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, a zip line company in Rockbridge, Ohio. She found a big old farmhouse to rent outside of Logan and she got to spend a great deal of time outside, in nature, and I think she really loved that. Every now and then we would meet up there to exchange kids and she would always let us do the super zip (big zip line if you need clarification) for free.

We didn’t really get to spend very much time together over the last few years, but I got to see Rachel at Pumpkin Show last year and give her a big hug and tell her I loved her. I didn’t know it would be the last time I got to hug her… and now my black clad, heavy metal loving, tattooed, tree hugging and unapologetically unconventional friend has gone on to where I can’t yet follow.

Rachel passed away in the Intensive Care unit of the James (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio, on February 18, 2024, at 3:08 pm of multi-system organ failure. Her mother, her three children, and my oldest daughter and I were at her bedside.

Rachel is survived by her three children, Elijah Allen Begley, Alora Marie Speakman, and Aiden Selone Smith; her mother, Janet McCurry; and many, many other friends and loved ones.

Rachel was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Wayne Drummons, and her brother, Patrick Allen Drummons.

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