Rachel Bergeron(4) passed away from medical complications on January 5, 2023, in Provo, UT. She was born June 18, 2018 in Baltimore, MD to Guillaume and Dana Bergeron.
Rachel’s passing seemed to happen almost as quickly as her birth. Her birth story is quite memorable for many reasons, but primarily because of how fast she came. This quickness would be commonplace throughout her life. She was always very quick. If you’ve been tasked with watching her, you understand this first hand :) Having been diagnosed with Downs Syndrome at birth, Rachel encountered several health issues and was familiar with doctor’s offices and hospital rooms throughout her life. Although each visit brought its unique challenges, she fought through each with a smile and with a twinkle in her eye.
She is best remembered for that smile and her twinkling eyes. Even if her lips didn’t always crease into a smile, she would often smile with her eyes. Rachel was blessed to have five wonderful siblings, four of which are older. She loved being with them and they loved being with her. Because of her tendency to escape, she was seldom left alone, allowing her siblings and parents the opportunity to spend a lot of time with her anywhere they were. As it relates to her little brother James, she definitely knew she was the older sister, even if James’ abilities caught up to hers quite quickly. In quiet moments, she could often be found telling James what to do while waving around her pointer finger and gently, or not so gently, guiding James with her hand, as any good older sister does.
“Rach” had an infectious light about her. It didn’t require a lot of time or interactions for others to love her and to just enjoy seeing her. She loved going to pre-school at Lehi Elementary. She loved going to church. There were frequent helpers with her at church, and they are beloved. Most recently, she loved going to her behavior therapy called “ABA”, or “BBA” as she called it. Anytime we drove by that building, she could be heard in the back shouting “BBA”. The same was true for the swimming pool. Any structure that resembled the swimming pool, she would shout “swimming pool”. She truly loved being in the water, blowing bubbles, kicking her legs, and swimming. She was always with mom and dad when she swam.
“Rachie” loved music and dancing. Her most recent favorites are “You’re Welcome” from the Moana movie, leading her to never miss an opportunity to say “you’re welcome” when someone said “thank you”. She also loved the Greatest Showman soundtrack. She would sing along as best she could, always nailing it at certain parts of the songs she particularly liked. She especially loved to lip-sync to a couple Carrie Underwood songs. One is her rendition of “How Great Thou Art” and the other is “Hallelujah” from her Christmas album.
Rachel was truly angelic and celestial in nature. Her ability to detect sadness or someone needing a comforting hug or kiss was very special to observe. Although but an infant, she possessed tremendous compassion. Even in her slightly aggressive moments, she was always quick to apologize and to follow it up with a hug and a kiss. She was always quick to forgive as well if ever she had her feelings hurt. Her purity and Christlike nature was a true blessing to observe.
So much could be said about Rachel and her wonderful spirit. Although her time on earth was short, her family and all who knew her have complete confidence that she is perfectly well where she is now. No doubt, she is continuing to touch others beyond the veil of mortality the same way she touched those she interacted with in life.
Rachel is survived by her parents Guillaume and Dana; her siblings, Charles(10), Tyler(9), McKenzie(8), Kayla(6) and James(2); her grandparents Richard and Louise Bergeron and Daniel and Susan Dixon; her great grandparents; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles. She is already missed so much by so many.
The service for Rachel Bergeron will be held on Saturday January 14, 2023, at 11:00 AM MTN at the North Lake 5th Ward building. The address is 828 South Center Street, Lehi, Utah. A viewing will also be held just prior to the service in the same building at 9:45 AM. For those who can’t attend in person but would like to participate, the service will be broadcast at 11:00 AM at https://bit.ly/RachelBergeronFuneral. If you wish to make a contribution, please make them to the United Angels Foundation at United Angels Donations. This organization provides wonderful events and activities for families who have children with special needs. The Bergeron Family attended many of these and really appreciate the work they do for these families who are blessed to have special angels be among them.
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