Rachel Anne Farnsworth, 36, was healed from a four-month battle with cancer and entered the presence of Jesus her Savior Nov. 2, 2017, at her home in Lino Lakes, Minn., surrounded by family.
Rachel was born in Fargo, Nov. 6, 1980, the second of five daughters born to Richard Jr and Ruth (Christopherson) Clarens. Rachel graduated from Fargo North High School in 1999, and Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., in 2003. Rachel met the love of her life, Jim Farnsworth, while in high school, playing violin as stand partners in the ND All-State Orchestra and later while both attended Concordia College. Rachel and Jim were married on Aug. 20, 2005, near Park River, making their home in Shoreview, Minn., then Lino Lakes.
Rachel had a deep and genuine faith in God. She prioritized her own Christian growth and that of her children, teaching AWANA, participating in Bible Study Fellowship, and instructing her children in the ways of the Lord. The joy of her life was being a mother to her children and a helpmate to her husband. Trips to the family farm and lake cabins were favorite destinations. Rachel was a multi-talented homemaker. She always had a home improvement project in the works or a loaf of banana bread in the oven. Rachel was a true servant and quick to befriend those around her. She will be remembered for her humble service to God and unselfish love toward all she came in contact with.
Rachel is survived by her husband, Jim; and their children, Alina, 11, Nathaniel, 8, Naomi, 6, and Clara, 4, all of Lino Lakes; her parents, Ruth and Richard Clarens Jr., Fargo; grandfather, Richard Clarens Sr., Fargo; sisters, Christine (Eric) Uggerud, Fergus Falls, Minn., and their children, Josiah, Lydia, Anna, and Timothy, Johanna Clarens, Richfield, Minn., Andrea Clarens, Fargo, and Laura Clarens, St. Paul, Minn.; her in-laws, Arlene and David Farnsworth, Bismarck; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leone (Metcalf) Clarens, and Bergetta (Flaten) and Leonard Christopherson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Inheritance of Hope, PO Box 90, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. www.inheritanceofhope.org
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Hope Lutheran Church, north campus, Fargo, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Rachel will be laid to rest at Garfield Cemetery near Edinburg.
Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., River of Life Church, Shoreview, with a visitation service at 6:30 p.m.
Online guest book: www.korsmofuneralservice.com. (Korsmo Funeral Service, Moorhead, Minn.)