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Racheal Adell Dent


Sunrise: October 26, 1988

Sunset: September 9, 2022

On September 9, 2022, Racheal Adell Dent entered eternal rest and was welcomed into the loving arms of God. The youngest of three children, Racheal was born to proud parents, Patricia Speller-Dent and Terrence Dent on October 26, 1988 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Beautiful, inside and out, Racheal was a happy child who could brighten any room with her infectious smile. 

Racheal lived life aloud, to the fullest, and in her uniqueness. She was cool, a woman of God, one who embraced herself and her style, sported an afro and glasses suited just for her, laughed aloud and danced when everyone or no one was looking. She enjoyed doing crafts, traveling with friends, reading romantic novels, all genres of music, walking her precious, Daisy, and spending time with her huge family.  She was kind, sweet, creative, and an advocate for others, particularly children. 

Preceding her in death were her maternal grandmother, Sheila Brothers; paternal grandmother, Adell Dent; aunts, Sandra Dent and Sonya Dent; and uncle, Clarence Dent. Racheal was loved by many and leaves to cherish her memory, mother, Patricia Speller-Dent; father, Terrence Dent; two brothers, Julius Speller and Patrick Speller; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Viewing Wednesday, September 21, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, September 22, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502

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    Candace Taylor says

    I am so sorry to hear of Racheal’s passing. She was an incredible person. She was so kind and thoughtful with a great sense of humor. She made my introduction to the library so much fun. I will miss her deeply and the world has lost a wonderful person.

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    Shannon Lopez says

    So sorry to hear of her passing. We went to school together and she was full of life, laughter and joy. I am wishing the family strength through these tough times.

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    Roy and Diane Evans says

    We are so sorry to hear of your daughter Rachael loss. I know that there are no words that we can say to mend your broken heart..We pray that God will keep you and your family wrapped in your His arms, to comfort you and to give you peace and strength through these difficult hours in Jesus Name Amen 🙏 We love you all. The Evans Family

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    Marilyn Lindsey says

    With a broken heart, I extend my condolences for the loss of your daughter, our friend. Racheal was the brightest light at work. She brought laughter, encouragement, inspiration, positivity and love to our space and to my heart. The love she shared, her humor and bubbly personality will be deeply missed. I pray that God comforts your hearts.

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    Omara Dancy says

    I was shocked and dismayed to hear of Racheal’s transition. Parents aren’t supposed to witness the passing of their children! But obviously, God knows the plans He has for us all. I just wish He would have left her here for a lot longer. May the Dent family find comfort in her memories and dwell in the prayers and love of family, friends and well-wishers. God bless and keep you!

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    Shawn Frazier says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of bereavement.

    Shawn and Edith Frazier

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    Claudette Spencer says

    Surely life is full of twists and turns and this has twisted me to the core. The Dent family has been in my life for greater than 20+ years; therefore knowing Ms. Racheal all of those years she is truly family. An angelic spirit, an inviting smile , that warm embrace, intelligent conversation is what she always had and politeness. God needed her. Her assignment was complete. She has truly left a beautiful example of righteous living and loving the Lord. Rest sweet Racheal rest. To the Dent family ride on with KING JESUS. He still reigns.

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    Dr. Cathy Kea says

    Giving leaves an imprint that endures forever–African Proverb. Although your time with us seems all too brief, GOD wanted you now and he set you free. It is important for you to know that you truly made a difference here. You reached out to others warmly and generously. You accomplished a lot and gave a great deal.
    We know that you are following the path GOD led for you and could not stay another day to laugh, to work or play. Your parting has left a void, but your AGGIE FAMILY will fill it with memories of Racheal Dent joys. We love you Racheal-your college advisor

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    Michelle Williams says

    To Uncle Terrance and Aunt Pat, my sincere condolences and prayers go out to you and the entire family during this time of bereavement..oh how Ima miss my girl rach! We’ve known each other all of our lives and her love & friendship always remained the same. Ima miss her beautiful smile. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around you now and for the days to come. We’re here for you and love you. (Willie, Chelle, & Zoe)

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    Nancy Neal says

    I had the pleasure of knowing Racheal and working alongside her for several years. It was impossible to be in a bad mood when she was around. She radiated love and joy. As a librarian, she was dedicated to her kids, her “peeps” as she called them. She cared about each one of them and it showed. They adored her as we all did. We shared a love of music and she could go. I would literally watch her dance across the floor to her office. I always looked forward to seeing her. I saw her recently, we laughed and hugged. She always made me smile or laugh. I can hear her voice in my mind. I will always love her and remember her. She set a good example every day. No one did it better. I know I must have faith at times like these – losing someone you love, with such vitality, so young and there must be a higher purpose- maybe for each of us to treasure the sanctity of life- to realize we never know when the last time we see someone could be the last time we see them in this life as it was for me. I will always be thankful for the blessing of knowing & loving Racheal. I pray for her family and friends. May God bless her sweet soul.

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    Century Dent says

    Gaurdian angels guide my beautiful neice home to a new adventure and family members to receive her.Granmother Adell is waiting sweetheart, Rachael.We will always say your name: Rachael

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    Gary and Sheila Evans says

    We could never find the words to express our deep sorrow in the passing of your lovely daughter, Racheal. Our hearts were deeply saddened when we learned that she had transitioned to be with her Heavenly Father. We had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Racheal when she and our daughter, Erica, were students at NC A&T State University. We found her to be a sweet, pleasant and an articulate young lady. May God – the great I AM – give you strength, peace, understanding and comfort during this most difficult time and in the days ahead. Lean on Him for He will see you through. Hold fast to the memories you shared with Racheal for they will allow her to forever live in your hearts. We extend our deepest condolences and love. You all will remain in our thoughts and prayers. “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.

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    Yvette Anderson says

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this amazing young lady. She went beyond the call of duty when she worked with the children at my daycare who went to the library weekly. She was creative, nurturing, and just a wonderful individual. My condolences to the family, I pray that you find comfort during this difficult time.

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    Ashley Hogue says

    I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. I worked with Rachael about 10 years ago. She was a joy to see everyone morning and we had the best time working together, laughing, and joking around. Your family will be in my prayers.

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    Elizabeth Griffing says

    Rachel – I remember your smile, your infectious laugh, and your passion about the children in the library and sharing books with them. You exposed a lot of children to the joys of reading and literature. Your time was too short with us. You will be missed.

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    Angela Coffey says

    My heart felt condolences go out to the family and friends of this sweet and loving young woman of God. Praying God’s peace over you all

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    Angelique Nelson says

    Prayers to my family during this difficult time, Rachel you are such a beautiful soul, rest in sweet eternal peace. I pray that God wrap his arms and comfort your mother and father, please provide the strength that is needed. You all are forever in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all. Your Cousin from Florida, Angel ❤️

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    Kristin Guerrero says

    My condolences to the family on this tremendous loss. Pat, I’ve always known you and Racheal to be so close and to have a bond that was so beautiful. Hold on to that bond and those precious memories and I pray they comfort you in the coming days. You and Your family will continue to be in my prayers. May God comfort you all.

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    Kimberly Speller says

    Pat, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our family sends healing energy to you and yours. Much love to you Kim, Pryncess, Le’Annda and Avah.

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    Thomas Battle says

    My heart is broken…My prayers are with Ju, Patrick, Mrs Pat, and Terry during these times…she was sweetbriar’s little sister. She was loved and will surely be missed..I know she touched a-lot of people’s lives and their lives will forever be impacted by her presence. Sleep in peace baby girl job well done.

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    Ashley Compton says

    Racheal was a dear, precious soul. I was blessed by her while at NC A&T. She was kind and gentle, and her beautiful smile will forever live in my memory. I loved keeping up with her on Facebook and was so proud of who she was and who she stood for. May God give your family comfort and peace during this time of grief.

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    Jordan Copeland says

    I’m sorry for the lost of your love one.We all know that she is in the Lord’s hands.in my closing remarks I send my love to the family

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    Jordan Copeland says

    I’m sorry for the lost of your love one.We all know that she is in the Lord’s hands.in my closing remarks I send my love to the family.Amen

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