Rachel Capps, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Born in central New York State, she was the daughter of the late Lynn and Dorothy Einfeldt. She married John T. Hughes, Jr., and they moved to central Florida where she lived most of her remaining life. After John’s death, she later married Robert Capps who also predeceased her.
Born into a musical family, Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music and taught music for several years in public and private schools as well as teaching from the home. She also used her musical talents to serve in community and church organizations and went on to earn a master’s degree in music from Pensacola Christian College. She taught her children to value hard work and faith, and she displayed grace and strength through many challenges in life.
After retiring from teaching, she worked as an administrative assistant for several places, including a brief stint with the circus, at Yogi campgrounds, and then at Florida School of Preaching and Sebring Church of Christ. She was a loyal member of Sebring Church of Christ and maintained her membership there even after moving to South Carolina to spend her last few years with family.
Surviving are her daughters, Denise (Ken) Huff, Celeste Hudson, Alyssa Wike, sons Darren (Sarah) Hughes, and Steve (Carol) Capps, and granddaughters Julia Thompson, Meg Perry, Erica Huff, Lana Huff, Alex Hudson, Grace Hughes, Sophie Hughes, Brandi Capps; and grandsons Zach Hudson, Sam Hughes, David Capps, and Wesley Wike, as well as several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by a brother, David Einfeldt, a sister, Ruth Turner, and a brother-in-law, David Hughes.
Graveside services will be at Lakeland Memorial Gardens on February 23, 2024. The family will receive friends there and in their respective homes.