Rachel Nolen Witt grew up on a cotton farm in northern Louisiana during the Depression. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1943, majoring in home economics with an emphasis in dietetics and nutrition. Following graduation, she worked for the extension service as a home demonstration agent.
In 1949, she married Herbert Witt and moved to Delight, AR, where they owned and operated the only dry goods store in town. They raised four children: John, Barbara, Paige, and Amy (Amy was born only two weeks before Rachel turned 46).
Rachel worked tirelessly in the business and in school and civic activities. She designed costumes for all the school programs, coordinated parades, co-served with her husband as president of the PTA and Lions Club numerous times, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and sang in the church choir. She served as a den mother for Cub Scouts and volunteered for 4-H. She also coordinated fund-raising activities for the American Heart Association for many years; several years she set the record for money raised in the state of Arkansas. She was the quintessential entertainer who not only cooked for guests, but would also make tablecloths and napkins for special occasions. She also sewed for herself and her three daughters.
Rachel cared for her mother, her husband, and her sister-in-law in their old age. She has never considered herself too busy or too tired to do a job right or to help anyone in true need. She still has a zest for life and a genuine concern for others. She enjoys getting out and about and looks forward to visits from her grandchildren Ben, Annie, Meredith, and Will.