Rachel was born in Shawnee to Raymond A. Kennard and Phyllis Campbell Kennard. She attended elementary school in Edmond. Her father worked for Amerada-Hess Oil Company. The family was transferred to Paradis, Louisiana where Rachel finished elementary school. In 1944 the family was again transferred, this time to Los Angeles, Calif. Rachel attended Audubon Junior High and finished at Inglewood High School class of 1949. Rachel received a full scholarship to Pepperdine University but opted to attend UCLA. During this time Rachel was an Honored Queen for Jobs Daughters.
In 1951 Rachel married Galen A. Clavier; they lived in Hermosa Beach, and then bought their first home in San Pedro, Calif. In 1960 they moved to Carlsbad, Calif., where they raised their family Gregory Clavier, Francesca Clavier Smith, Christa Clavier Houts and Grant Clavier.
Rachel worked for the City of Carlsbad and then Mira Costa College where she retired in 1988. After her retirement Rachel traveled extensively in Europe and the United States including Hawaii. Rachel’s favorite place was Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where she enjoyed big game fishing, having tagged and released many marlin.
During her retirement she was also very active in the United Osages of Southern California, an offshoot of the Osage Nation. Rachel and her family ran the organization for over 20 years. Rachel also assisted as cook for the Lookout family spring session of the Native American Church and Sweat Lodge in Pawhuska. Rachel was instrumental in seeing that her sons and grandsons participated in the Native American Church and the Osage Tribes annual ceremonial dances (In-Lon-Schka)
Rachel is survived by her Husband, four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of Rachel’s life on Saturday May 21, 2011 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Magee Park in Carlsbad, Calif. Interment will be in the family plot in Pawhuska.