Rachel Landis (Baty) Velasquez, 29, of Parsons died Tuesday afternoon, May 25, 2021, at her home.
She was born Aug. 6, 1991, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was adopted by Doug and Randee (Barr) Baty when she was 5 weeks old. During her first eight years she was raised at Chickasha and Custer City, Oklahoma, and then six years at Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She moved with her family to Parsons in 2006. She attended Labette Community College at Parsons and later Ozark Christian College at Joplin.
She was a member of Westside Christian Church. Rachel had many interests and many good experiences in her 29 years of life. Rachel loved to travel and traveled by train, plane and automobile, even by bus. As an adopted girl of only 6 ½ weeks she went to New Orleans to a NFL football game, Saints versus Minnesota Vikings. Rachel traveled from one end of the states to the other and was able to visit nearly 30 states, in addition to Washington, D.C., and Paris, France.
Rachel’s first flight was to Phoenix, Arizona, where we were able to travel to Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. Her next flight was to space camp in Florida, and she was able to visit the Kennedy Space Center. Rachel attended space camp at Hutchinson four years and was able to meet the astronauts flying some of the last space shuttle missions at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She became certified for deep sea diving.
Rachel’s favorite trip was to Paris, France, a dream trip come true where she got to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and visit Notre Dame and the Champs-Elysees and many museums. She was able to see the “Mona Lisa.”
Rachel was a great swimmer. She was taught to swim by her grandma Georgia in the big pool in Garden City. In Ladysmith, Wisconsin, she was on the swim team and won nearly every backstroke event she ever entered. Her relay team enjoyed the same kind of successes.
Rachel also enjoyed horseback riding. She took two years of lessons from Zoe in Ladysmith and loved her time on horseback. Rachel also took private lessons in piano, French, flute and guitar.
One thing most people knew about Rachel was her love for music. She could tickle the keys on the piano and make them rock. At Ozark Christian College her friends would often hang around her at a piano and ask her to play a theme song from one of their favorite movies. Rachel played the piano for Westside Christian Church for last four to five years until her sickness drained her of so much energy.
In 2019, Rachel had a stroke and a heart attack that made it very difficult to play piano. The stroke made her blind in her right eye and her melody hand was severely damaged, so it became increasingly difficult to play. But she still enjoyed listening. The high blood pressure issues Rachel had stemmed from lupus, the base cause of her kidney failure.
Rachel’s specialist doctors and dialysis team helped her through this last year of treatment. Rachel had been in complete renal failure (stage 5 kidney failure) for nearly a year.
As Rachel was adopted just weeks after birth, she had a great story to go with her biological history. She was able to meet both of her birth parents and loved her birth families. Both families have had gatherings with Rachel and the girls in their presence. Few have such a beautiful reunion with their birth parents and they all got to meet the adoptive parents as well and have a good relationship with Doug and Randee.
Rachel’s greatest love was for her kids. At each birth more health issues surfaced. She had a gall bladder taken out, a pelvic fracture and two surgeries for cysts on her ovaries that ended with an ovarian ablation after her last child. Through it all, she maintained that the kids were worth it.
Rachel loved making video shorts with the girls and taking pictures with them at their various events or with their friends. Her most enjoyable times were full of laughter and snuggling up with the girls.
The best memories for Rachel are being goofy and having a smile, bringing happiness through fun and laughter. Rachel brought sunshine and life to her family and friends.
God’s promise for those who believe in him through Jesus is freedom from pain, eternal peace, rest, no more mourning and a new body. May God’s faithfulness bless Rachel into her eternal home. Praise be unto God for His everlasting kindness and love!
Survivors include three daughters, Madelyn Landis Velasquez, Maya Faye Velasquez and Ada Emilia Velasquez, all of Parsons; her parents, Doug and Randee Baty of Parsons; her birth father, Baeyan Brown and his wife, Dawnelaina, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her birth mother, Christina Davis and her husband, Mike, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two brothers, David Wason Baty and Joshua Don Burns and his wife, Genesis, all of Parsons; five half brothers, Trenton Brown of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Labron Brown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aaron Howard of Phoenix, Arizona, Anthony Howard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Tristan Brown of Ardmore, Oklahoma; five half sisters, Miranda Davis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rhianna Brown of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Tyler Rodriguez of Long Grove, Oklahoma, Savannah Pool of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Nyah Brown of Moore, Oklahoma; two grandmothers, Gwen Hill of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Dolly Barr of Parsons; her aunt, Ursula Hill of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Baeyan Brown Jr.; her papa, Tasso Jr.; her great-papa, Tasso Sr.; her grandparents, Montie and Georgia Baty; her papa, Bob Barr; and her great-grandmother, Villian Brown.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Westside Christian Church with the Rev. Doug Baty officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Westside Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.