Delores 'Babe' Rakestraw
MINERAL — Delores R. “Babe” Rakestraw, 74, of Mineral passed away courageously Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at her home surrounded by her children.
Babe was born Dec. 1, 1938, in Kewanee, the daughter of Louis and Margaret (VanHecker) VanDamme. She was united in marriage to Russell E. Rakestraw on June 30, 1956, in Annawan. He preceded her on Nov. 30, 1993.
Babe was a homemaker and a full-time mom, raising her seven children with love and dedication. She enjoyed fishing, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and reading. She was a very good cook and was well-known for her potato rolls. Babe loved following her family’s sporting events and was the beloved commissioner and manager of “Babe’s Baseball Team”.
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