top of page

Rachel Anton

June 9, 1942 ~ May 29, 2014

Rachel Rae Downing Anton, 71, was peacefully called home Thursday night May 29, 2014 after a short battle with cancer at Marjorie’s Home in Garden Plain, Kansas.

Rachel was born the daughter of William Buell and Mary Lou (Rosotto) Downing on June 9, 1942 in Buffalo, Wyoming. She attended school in Wichita and Derby High School.

Rachel was united in marriage to Leonard Anton at Newkirk, Oklahoma on March 27, 1964.

Rachel was a generous, caring and compassionate person. She believed hard work was the way to get ahead in life and demonstrated that by starting to work at an early age and on past her retirement from Learjet/Bombardier. She had a gift of being able to talk to everyone and never knew a stranger. This was an asset as she and her late husband traveled around the state participating in craft shows selling their magnetic jewelry.

Rachel was an excellent mother, sister and a friend to all. She enjoyed many things in life but especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing card games or just visiting.

Rachel is preceded in death by her parents, William Buell Downing and Mary Lou Withers; husband, Leonard; parents-in-law, Frank and Mary Anton; brothers, Anthony Downing, Allen Downing; brother-in-law Joseph Anton and granddaughter Amanda Rausch.

She is survived by her daughters, Tina (Chris Bocanegra) Forest of Wichita, Kansas, Ronda (Dwight) Mollenkamp of Garden Plain, Kansas, Linda (Randy) Rausch of Cheney, Kansas; two step-daughters Mauritta Adams of Holcomb, Kansas and Frankie Anton of Garden City, Kansas. Twelve grand children, five step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and thirteen step great- grandchildren; sister Vera Burton of Atlanta, Kansas; brother James (Marsha) Downing of Wichita, Kansas, David (Jean) Downing of Aurora, Colorado; sister-in-law Rosanna Anton of Caldwell, Kansas and many nieces and nephews.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday with Mass following at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, both at St. John's Catholic Church, Clonmel, Kansas. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to the Heartland Hospice or to the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell.

Leave Condolences


Lillian Anton Baker and Family

Family and Friends - 05/31/2014

You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one.


Frankie Anton

Family and Friends - 05/31/2014

I know how you girls feel, am truly sorry, she was a wonderfull person now she with dad . May you RIP


Paul and Maria Ctibor

Family and Friends - 06/01/2014

Our deepest sympathy for your loss, Rachel was wonderful person


Lorene Swayze

Family and Friends - 06/01/2014

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the loss of your loved one, Rachel. She was a great person, and I'm glad we knew her.


Patricia J. Gould

Family and Friends - 06/01/2014

My deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends. I know that I will sure miss her. Even though I did not talk to Rachel alot this last year I always knew that if I had a problem Rachel was there.


Wilma L. Jelinek, Rw & Donna McKee

Family and Friends - 06/02/2014

What a shock to hear Rachel had passed away, I thought she was on the mend. we enjoyed phone calls from each other to bring us both up speed. she loved to talk. so sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Arlene Lewis

Family and Friends - 06/02/2014

Remember when someone you love becomes a Memory, the Memory becomes a treasure.


Laura Smith

Family and Friends - 06/03/2014

No love can relpace a mother's love, but the good Lord has chosen Rachel to share this love with his followers. I will always remember the bright smile of Rachel's each time we had met. God Bless you all.

May your many memories of your Mother help to sustain you at this most difficult time and through the future.



Please know that all IP Addresses are recorded for all submissions.

bottom of page