Rachel Harper Starnes

Starnes 4-2016Rachel Harper Starnes

April 21, 1974 – April 1, 2016

Our precious Rachel Harper Starnes passed away April 1, 2016 at the age of 41. The world has lost a gifted artist and a unique and beautiful soul.

Rachel grew up in Friendswood, Texas. She was devoted to family and had a deep love for her brothers, sisters-in-law, niece and nephews.

Rachel is survived by her father, Ace D. Harper; mother Cindy Landers Harper; grandparents Carol Landers and Rosie Harper Riley; brothers Bubba Harper, Joey Harper and Adam Harper; sisters-in-laws, Rebecca Coffman Harper and Lauren Winterbauer Harper; beloved niece and nephews Gracey Jo Harper, A.J. Harper and Jake Harper; uncle John Landers and aunts Nona Nelson Landers and Amber Harper Branch.

Space does not permit individual listing of all the great aunts, great uncles and cousins she loved but it does not diminish the importance they held in her life.

A memorial service will be held at Crowder Funeral Home on Medical Center Blvd. in Clear Lake on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:00pm.


  1. Our prayers for peace are with you all. Rachel had such a light and such grace. May you find peace in her memories…. Gods peace over comes all things….

  2. Cindy, Ace and family,
    I am so heartbroken for your loss! My prayers will be with you that The Lord Jesus Christ will carry you in his arms through this terrible time! God be with you, see you Saturday!
    Much love,

    Mardi Parmenter
  3. Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to learn of the passing of Rachel, it is very tragic. My sincerest condolences to her family for their loss.

    Jeff Smith
  4. im so sorry for this loss as She will be missed very much. Peace and love to all of you.

  5. Cindy, Ace, & family,
    We have sweet memories of our daughters’ friendship through their teen years and for the many times Rachel hung out at our house. She was always smiling and a delight to be around.
    Our deepest sympathy, prayers & love,
    Bob & Ginger Boone

    Bob & Ginger Boone
  6. Ace and Family, I have no words that are adequate enough to express my sadness in your loss. Please know I have all of you in my prayers and thoughts. Ace, please let me know if I can help in any way.

    Elise Camp
  7. So sorry to hear of Rachel’s passing. Her family is in my prayers.

    Kristie Liddell Briones
  8. Mr. and Mrs. Harper and family – you are in our thoughts and prayers…while words, however kind, cannot mend your heartache, we extend our deepest sympathy in your loss and send you comfort, peace, and strength. When I think of Rachel – I think of pure light and goodness.

    Christi Gilchrist Ables
  9. Ace & Cindy my words cannot express how deeply saddened we were to learn of the passing of Rachel. We send our sincerest condolences to her family for their loss.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Cindy & your family.

    Kay & Steve Eidson
  10. My deepest sympathies go out to your family. Just know that you are in my heart and my prayers. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

    Denise Puente
  11. Dear Harper Family – my deepest condolences to you all. Rachel was a bright shining light in this world. Even when we were kids, her smile and infectious laugh could cheer up a room. Sending prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Jennifer Waldner
  12. I read this passage yesterday and thought of you. I hope you find comfort in the words. Rest in peace Rachel!
    Psalm 91:4, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

    Cara Daly McGarry
  13. My deepest sympathy to your family. Indeed we have lost a lovely woman. Jennifer said it best, her laugh was absolutely infectious. I will forever carry all the laughter and joy we had together as teens. Sending you much love and peace.

    Kara Williams Owens
  14. Ace and Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s peace and presence be with in great measure.

    Steve and Pam Helpenstill

    Steve Helpenstill
  15. So sorry for your loss. I remember Rachel as a spunky fun girl who enjoyed life. We had a lot of fun in middle and high school! I know she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Praying you feel God’s loving embrace in your time of sorrow.
    Lalania Brown Taylor

    Lalania Taylor
  16. To all of my Harper’s,
    I am so devastated to learn this news. I only heard right now and I’m am so sorry that this has happened- I understand that it doesn’t mean much for me to say this, but we were once family and truely praying for you all. I am just so sorry.

    — Dawn Pickle

    Dawn Picklesimer
  17. It was heartbreaking to hear about Rachel; truly praying for your whole family!

    MaryAnn Rojas
  18. Tracey Starnes….Words cannot express how much I miss Rachel I’m sitting here alone at home and I just could not get her off my mind it’s been nearly one year but it seems like yesterday….I will always love and cherish the nearly 20 years I spent with Rachel all the way from being kids,teenagers, young adults ,eventually getting married, becoming best friends soulmates and more….I think about Her each and every day without fail…. I know we will reunite in Heaven…. I just don’t have the words….

    Tracey Starnes

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