Rachel Forbis Duncan

rachel duncan

December 3, 1948 ~ June 14, 2022

Born in: Jackson, Tennessee
Resided in: North Richland Hills, Texas

Rachel Forbis Duncan passed away on June 14, 2022. Born in Jackson, Tennessee, She was a graduate of Jackson Central High School and received her Associate of Arts from Freed-Hardeman University, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Memphis, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction form Tusculum College, and her school administrator endorsement from Lincoln Memorial University.

A dedicated educator, she taught for a total of 14 years in Wylie and Richardson, Texas as well as Soddy Daisy and Chattanooga, Tennessee. She also served for an additional 14 years as Title I Coordinator for Hamilton County Schools.

She relocated to Dallas in 2012 serving as the Office Manager for Dove Chiropractic Health Center where she served her patients with pure joy. She became a special part of everyone’s family who entered the doors.

Rachel is lovingly remembered by her son Hal Duncan (Kristin), grandsons Zachary and Evan, daughter Kate Duncan Flowers (Josh), mother Peggy Forbis, sister Connie Rust, nephews Adam Rust (Cheyenne), Blake Rust (Mimi) and nieces Claire Zachary (Justin), Dana Busey, and ten great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved father Jack Forbis.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 18 at Faith Presbyterian Hospice Chapel at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, TX.


Memorial Service: June 18, 2022 10:00 am

Room: Chapel

Faith Presbyterian Hospice
12477 Merit Dr.
Dallas, TX 75251

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  1. Sending our love and prayers to you all. Rachel was a beautiful soul. Loved growing up with her in Jackson as neighbors. Sure you all have a multitude of happy memories!

  2. CandleImageAlways in my heart, dear friend. I shall miss our weekly coffee talks, but will replay those chats over and over when I sip my Saturday morning coffee. I love you.❤️

  3. Rachel brought joy & love to all of us who were privileged to meet her. She was a shining light of God’s love & compassion. She leaves a huge void here but her light will shine for a very long time. What a precious lady she was!

  4. Rachel was one of the best friends anyone could ever have!! She could light up my life and any other situation we happened to have.
    One time when I was directing a teachers’ inservice training, Rachel came into the room to attend to some other stuff I had asked her to do, so I told her to just “sneak around the edge of the room.” Rachel stopped and looked at me and declared” I am 5ft 10” tall and I wear a size #10 shoe-I don’t sneak anywhere!!” Needless to say I couldn’t get the attention back to our mundane training!!
    Rachel is ho doubt now singing with her Dad and entertaining the heavenly hosts!! I’ll be there soon I hope!!
    Barbara Siress, Chattanooga and Florida.

  5. Hal and Kate, Our hearts hurt for you both!! We have such specious memories of your mom! Her heart was as big as Texas and she loved and cared for so many people! Her smile, her laugh, and the joy in her eyes will be the way we remember her! She was indeed a special lady!!! Love you guys!! Johnny and Janice Robertson

  6. Hal,
    Steve and Donna Haynie and our daughter Stefani Haynie Kubena lived next door to you parents on Briar Way in Garland TX.
    We remember when you came home from the hospital.
    Lost contact when you moved and we moved.
    We are all so sorry to hear of Rachel’s passing. Comfort in knowing she is at peace. 🙏
    We have very fond memories of you and photos also.
    Donna Haynie.

  7. CandleImageRachel was a special lady, with a heart of gold. She was a Jackson High School (TN) Lady Bear basketball player who loved to grab those rebounds! Sincere condolences to Rachel’s family and friends. Rest on Peace, Rachel.

  8. CandleImageRachel was a dear friend to my family. She was my daughter’s middle school teacher and such a cheerleader for her. I remember running into her at the mall with Hal and Kate when they lived in Chattanooga. She was so proud of both of her kids. I initially knew her as a fellow teacher but years later she was a wonderful resource as the Instructional Coach at Loftis Middle School. As much as I admired her professionally, she was a dear friend who you could talk to about anything. She mentored many beginning teachers over the years who will benefit from her influence their entire careers. She will not be forgotten. I know her family will have wonderful memories to cherish forever. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love as you navigate this season.

  9. CandleImageHal and Kate,
    My parents were your Mom and Dad’s next door neighbors in Garland TX. Rachel was the coolest mom (next to my own) and Hal was the first baby I had ever seen and my first babysitting job! Really wished we had kept in touch over the years, but I was glad to reconnect with Rachel through Facebook several years ago. She was a special lady and I know she will be greatly missed by all the comments of those that knew her and loved her! My heart is breaking for her family but I know she is in a better place free of pain and suffering. Please accept my deepest condolences and my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your families during this difficult time.
    Stefani (Haynie) Kubena
    Steve and Donna Haynie

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