June 22, 1991 ~ September 6, 2012
beautiful and precious daughter and sister, Rachel Covey,
age 21, passed away on the evening of September 6, 2012,
from the effects of depression which she had battled with
for several years and was welcomed home by a kind and loving
Heavenly Father. She valiantly completed her mission on
earth and her grandfather, "Papa," will now shepherd
her in the next life.
Rachel was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in
Alpine, Utah by her parents, Rebecca and Sean Covey. She
graduated from Liahona Preparatory Academy in 2009, where
she played soccer, was on the cheer squad, served as Student
Body Secretary, and performed service in Mexico with her
classmates. The friendships she built while there have been
rich and enduring to this day. During this time, she also
served as the Laurel president in her ward. She later spent
several months volunteering in an orphanage in Ecuador.
Currently, Rachel was working on her degree as a Veterinarian
Technician at Broadview University in Orem, Utah.
Rachel had a fun-loving personality and a kind, sweet,
and generous spirit. Everyone loved being around her. She
had a great sense of humor and a sharp wit, frequently throwing
out hilarious one-liners. Children loved her and she was
everyone’s favorite nanny and baby-sitter. She always
went out of her way to befriend the friendless. She had
this uncanny ability to show up in people’s lives
at their lowest point and through her accepting and loving
ways, lift them to a higher plane. She did the same with
animals, often nurturing neglected horses back to health.
When it came to helping others, time wasn’t an issue
for Rachel. She’d take her cousins on three-hour tube
rides behind the jet-ski, spend several days putting together
a quilt for a new baby that had just been born, or sacrifice
an entire day preparing her younger sister, Elle, and her
horse for a rodeo competition.
In the short space of 21 years, Rachel developed more talents
than most people do in a lifetime. She was an accomplished
harpist. She was a gifted decorator. She taught herself
how to paint, repainting her room every few months with
some new theme. She made beautiful quilts. She learned to
sew and make handbags out of Capri Sun pouches. She made
the most incredible banana bread and salsa that you’ve
ever tasted. She designed and jerry-rigged horse saddles
to be more functional. She learned to back up a trailer
as well as anyone. And, although coming from a family who
knew nothing about horses, she became an accomplished equestrian,
an expert in caring for and riding horses, regularly competing
in 25-mile horse endurance races, where she usually finished
near the front of the pack. After completing her first endurance
race, Rachel said, "I’ve found my voice in life."
She planned on competing in the Tevis Cup in the near future,
the famous 100-mile endurance race in California. Elle will
now compete in her place.
Rachel had a passion for life and never did anything in
an ordinary way. She appreciated beautiful things, a well
designed leather saddle, a beach setting, a particular texture,
bright colors, or succulent flavors. She’d often say,
"If I could only choose one food to live on it would
be watermelon." Her dream in life was to ride bareback
on her horse while galloping through the surf. She loved
Fiji water and refused to drink Dasani. At one time or another,
she owned a dog, a cat, chickens, birds, lizards, goldfish,
a chinchilla, horses, and rabbits. At theme parks, she’d
always seek out the scariest ride, even taking her seven-year-old
sister Allie on "Catapult" at Lagoon. She loved
Jack Johnson, The Beach Boys, and the soundtrack from Spirit.
Along with her dad, she shared a passion for The Lord of
the Rings movies and was planning on going to the debut
of The Hobbit on horseback in full costume.
Her favorite past-time was going on long trail rides in
the mountains alone with her horses: Kokomo, Aruba, or Tarzan,
which she considered family, along with her Maltese dog,
Tinkerbell. On one occasion, she got lost high in the mountains
above Cedar Hills and had to be brought down by a Search
and Rescue team, refusing to leave her horse in the process.
Rachel loved all of her brothers and sisters and was loved
in return. Every so often, Rachel would invite her four-year-old
brother, Wyatt, for a sleep over at her apartment. She’d
pick him up with his overnight bag, take him to buy a Lego,
go out for some food, go back to her room to put the Lego
together and watch Shrek, and then put him to sleep at the
side of her bed. Rachel also spent countless hours teaching
her younger sister Allie to ride horses and just recently
rode with her in the Alpine City parade.
Rachel was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints and lived a pure and righteous life.
She was without guile. She had a strong testimony of the
Restoration and the Plan of Salvation. Truly, she was "a
missionary all the days of her life," and she has now
been called to serve a new mission. We will miss her dearly,
but we know that God needed someone to take care of the
horses in heaven. As a family, we look forward with sweet
anticipation to the grand reunion that awaits us.
Rachel leaves behind her supporting grandparents, Sandra
Covey (wife of the late Stephen R. Covey), and Beth and
Gordon Thatcher; her loving mother and father, Rebecca and
Sean Covey; her seven brothers and sisters: Michael Sean
(22), Beth (18), Elle (16), Nathan (13), Weston (10), Allie
(7), and Wyatt (4); her 28 aunts and uncles; and her 86
Funeral services for Rachel will be held Friday, September
14, 2012, at 12:00 noon in the Alpine LDS Stake Center Chapel
located at 98 East Canyon Crest Road, Alpine, Utah. A viewing
will be held Thursday, evening from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the
Alpine Stake Center and also Friday morning from 10:00 to
11:00 am prior to the funeral services at the church. Condolences
may be sent to the family at www.warenski.com
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to Bridle Up Hope:
The Rachel Covey Foundation, dedicated to helping young
women pursue their dreams and build confidence and self-worth
through equestrian training. Donations can be made to the
Rachel Covey Donation Account at any Zion’s Bank location.