Rachel Dalton, 30, studied special education to make a difference for people with disabilities

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Rachel Dalton
Rachel Dalton

Rachel Dalton, of Austin, Texas and formerly of Wilmington, died suddenly on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the age of 30.

Rachel was born in Fayetteville on Oct. 29, 1984, a daughter of the late Dale Edward Dalton and Iris Roberts Dalton. Rachel shared her birth date with her late father, who just recently passed on Feb. 28, 2015.

Rachel is survived by her mother, Iris; grandmother, Kathleen Janik; sisters, Kim Newman and Kris Keane; brothers, James Dalton, Daniel Dalton and Paul Dalton; and nephews, Colton Keane and Dylan Jones.

After her graduation from Amy Bradley High School in 2003, she continued her education and received an associates degree in special education from Cape Fear Community College–she loved working with children. She had taken classes at UNC Wilmington and was furthering her studies at Austin Community College in Texas to become an American sign language (ASL) interpreter.

Rachel loved to dance and studied dance at the Cape Fear School of the Arts and the dance studio. Together with her love of dance was her love of music; she was quite an accomplished flutist.

Rachel will be missed terribly and will always be remembered by those who knew her as a sweet and kind person who was generous and helpful to those she loved and cared for. She had a huge heart and had hopes of making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate who suffered various disabilities.

Memorials made to the Epilepsy Foundation or Pancreatic Cancer Action in memory of Rachel would be greatly appreciated.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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