Rachel Marie Coats, 21, York County Special Olympics Swim Team gold medalist

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Rachel Marie Coats
Rachel Marie Coats

Rachel Marie Coats, 21, passed away instantly when she was struck by a car on Magruder Boulevard Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.

She was a precious young lady, and is survived by her parents, Tim and Janet Coats; and her loving brothers, Daniel and Matthew. Though she died instantly, her family was gathered around her, stricken with grief, but thankful for the time they had with her, and grateful to the fine folks of Yorktown Fire and Rescue.

Other survivors left to cherish her memory are her grandparents, Ricardo and Luz Maria Prodigalidad; aunts and uncles, Mike and Rebecca Flanigan, Will and Suzette Marrs, Ivette Sabater and Ricardo Prodigalidad Jr.; and her cousins, Kane and Nathan Flanigan, and Julian, Jadyn and Jayce Marrs.

Rachel had special needs, but no more. What she lacked in understanding, she made up for in her thoughtfulness, kindness and charity. She knew the Lord, and because of that, her family takes comfort in knowing she is in the Master’s arms.

The Tabb High School transition program, Project Search, offered Rachel the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to hold various types of jobs. Upon graduation last summer, and with the help of Project Search and The Virginia DARS, she soon found a part-time job providing cleaning services at the Victory Family YMCA. She was also a gold medalist for the York County Special Olympics Swim Team.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Coastal Community Church, 101 Village Ave., Yorktown, VA 23693, followed by a service celebrating her everlasting life. At a later date, there will be an interment in the Peninsula Memorial Park next to where her grandparents, John and Annie Mae Coats, are buried.