Rachel Ann Hinchliffe-Hara, passed away on June 3, 2011, in Japan. She was surrounded by numerous friends and family.
Born July 2, 1972, in Walla Walla, Rachel was raised in Waitsburg, where she graduated from high school in 1990. During her high school years, she was active in volleyball, softball, FHA and other activities.
After graduation, she attended Gonzaga University, majoring in political science and receiving her bachelor's degree in 1994. It was while she was at Gonzaga that she discovered her love for the Japanese culture. She earned a minor in Japanese, learning how to speak the language fluently. This passion for Japan turned into a dream to live there, and after leaving Gonzaga, she moved to Japan. While there, she met her husband and had two daughters. She loved her daughters more than anything, supporting them in every activity in which they were involved. She spent as much time with them as was possible.
Along with spending time with her family, she worked as a translator and taught English to Japanese students. Her hobbies included photography and writing, leading to her becoming a published author of the book, "How I Became Juliet Stone." She also enjoyed spending time on the computer emailing friends and family at home, as well as playing card games and posting updates about her life.
She is survived by her husband, Nobutake Hara; her two daughters, Rui and Mone Hara, all in Japan; her father, George Hinchliffe and his wife Nancee of Prescott; her mother, Jill Hinchliffe of Waitsburg; her grandparents, Wayne and Joan Hinchliffe of Prescott; and two brothers, Robert of Las Vegas and Randy of Waitsburg.
Funeral services were held in Japan on June 5, 2011, and a memorial service will be held at the Christian Church in Waitsburg on June 24, 2011.