Rachel began her battle with melanoma in the fall of 2003, when she discovered a discolored mole on her left thigh. It had spread to her sentinel and regional lymph nodes in her left groin. After getting a clean bill of health in 2005, we moved to Japan while I was stationed there in the US Navy. A few weeks prior to our planned transfer back to the United States, she found a mass on the bottom left part of her neck. It was found to be malignant and she was sent back to have it removed. Upon removal, biopsy proved it to be metastatic melanoma – joined by multiple mets in her lymph nodes and abdomen. In February, 2008, she entered a clinical trial and appeared to be living a normal life. Unfortunately, the treatment was unsuccessful and the tumors grew substantially. Her lymph system began shutting down in December, 2008. Rachel died on January 15, 2009 with her family surrounding her at home. Please check your body and the bodies of your loved ones for suspicious moles or lesions.
Rachel was born October 26, 1977 in Dover, Ohio a daughter of Thomas R. & Deborah Walters Beasley. She was a 1996 graduate of Ursuline High School; attended Youngstown State University and was a graduate of the Ford Academy of Beauty Culture. She was a member of St. Patrick Church, and enjoyed cooking and living life to its fullest. She was a supervisor at the United States Naval Exchange for three years in Yokosuka, Japan. While in Japan, she chaired two Relays for Life and enjoyed being a Navy wife.
Rachel will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband Richard K. Possert Jr. whom she married October 26, 2002; her parents Thomas & Deborah Beasley of Hubbard; her sister Sarah (Matthew) Benson of Hubbard; her nieces Sydney, Olivia, and Emily, her grandfather Robert Beasley of Dover, Ohio and her large extended family who loved and supported her.