Rachel Wilma Triplett, 83, of North Platte, NE, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Rachel was born March 1, 1930, to Walter Albert and Daisy Elizabeth Bell Verbeck at Holdredge, NE. She grew up and went to school in Maywood, NE and worked at the Verbeck Cafe which her parents owned.
In 1946 Rachel married Charles Earl Goodwin at Maywood where they made their home. They moved to Denver, CO in 1955 where Rachel worked as a nurse’s aide for various nursing homes. Charles died in 1985.
On October 17, 1989, Rachel married Marion “Jim” Triplett, Sr. at North Platte where they made their home. They later moved to Hershey, NE where they were members of the Hershey Baptist Church. Rachel and Jim enjoyed traveling South for the winters. She also enjoyed her animals. Rachel was an outdoor woman who loved to camp, fish and garden.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, Sr., of Hershey; three daughters, Patricia (James) Goedeker, of Hershey and Penny (Johnny) Berg and Tammy (Joe) Sauls, all of North Platte; six sons, Warren (Madeline) Goodwin, of St. Augustine, FL, Roger (Joyce) Goodwin, of Sutherland, NE, Jeffrey (Donna) Goodwin, of Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Mary) Triplett, of Sterling, IL, Marion “Jimmy” Triplett, Jr., of North Platte and Shawn Triplett (special friend, Tina Farley), of Lincoln, NE; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel (Bob) Thayer, of Fort Collins, CO and Mary Roethemeyer and Darlene Carter, both of North Platte; two brothers-in-law, Cliff Triplett and John Triplett, of North Platte; a sister-in-law, Mary Etta Fisher (friend, Elmer Witt), of North Platte; many nieces, nephews and other family.
Rachel was also preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Daisy Verbeck; her sister, Opal Campbell; and a sister-in-law, Iva Mae Nuss.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2013, at the North Platte Baptist Church (on Halligan Drive) with Pastor Bill Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.