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Rachel Sabala

Rachel Hope Sabala (Martinez)

Tuesday, January 18th, 1944 - Friday, December 25th, 2020
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Rachel Hope Sabala, 76, of Scottsbluff, was taken to her Heavenly Home on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A viewing will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Her memorial mass will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 8, 2021, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Father Thomas Vijumon officiating. Inurnment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Social distancing and face masks are required at both the visitation and mass. The mass will be live streamed on Bridgman Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made by visiting Rachel’s memorial page at

Rachel was born January 18, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Manuel Sr. and Rosie (Gonzales) Martinez. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Cheyenne. Rachel then attended Central Business College in Denver, Colorado. On October 21, 1963, she married Juvencio Sabala in Greeley, Colorado, and to this union three children were born, Christopher, James, and Victoria. Rachel worked as a Librarian and Secretary for the Scottsbluff Public Schools for 31 years, retiring in 2006.

Rachel had a very strong work ethic and continued to work for the school system as a substitute well after retirement. Rachel had many talents, such as sewing, gardening, and according to her husband, children, and grandchildren, she was the best cook! Rachel was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Nebraska Cornhuskers, golf, and loved reading biography books. Rachel was known to have her home decorated for Christmas before Halloween. Those who truly knew her, knew that Christmas was her favorite holiday. So, with her passing on Christmas is such a beautiful solace. Rachel was the matriarch of her family which she loved unconditionally, fiercely, and her family always came first. She absolutely adored all of her grandsons. Rachel will forever be cherished and missed dearly by all. We love you so much Mom. The family would like to also extend a thank you to the entire ICU Staff at Regional West Medical Center.

Rachel was an active member and volunteer of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Scottsbluff.

Rachel is survived by her husband of 57 years, Juvencio Sabala; son, Christopher A. Sabala of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Victoria (John) Gier of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Christopher Lionel (Leslie) Sabala of San Antonio, John Frank (Erin) Sabala of Boise, Idaho, Nicolas Alexander Sabala of San Antonio, and Eric Matthew Sabala of Scottsbluff; great-grandson, Theodore Christopher Sabala; sisters, twin Rita Sabala, Mary Josephine (Joe) Garcia, Margaret Moreno, and Dorothy Fonseca; brothers, Manuel Jr. (Helen) Martinez, and Anthony (Mary Ann) Quijas.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Sabala; parents, Manuel Martinez Sr. and Rosie (Ralph) Quijas; sisters, Connie DeOllos, Dora Cruz, Vera McTigue, and Esther Cervantes; brothers, Robert Martinez, and John Hernandez.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 7th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, January 7th, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Bridgman Funeral Home
    2104 Broadway
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  • Service

    Friday, January 8th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 8th, 2021 10:00am
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
    1102 12th Ave
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    Father Vijumon Choorackal
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    4109 5th Avenue
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Rebecca Rosas

Posted at 11:50am
Prayers and Condolences to the family. Aunt Rachel was a cherished memory of my childhood when we visited Scottsbluff. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace.

Rebecca, James and Jacqueline Rosas
Crosby, Texas

Angela McGrew

Posted at 11:10am
Rachel Sabala's Family: She was an amazing lifelong learner, treasured worker & friend. May the angels greet her. In God's comfort, Angela McGrew
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virginia sides

Posted at 12:20pm
What a woman!!! I first met Rachel while teaching at Roosevelt. She was the secretary in position but actually did more for the staff and children than any other person there. "Go check with Rachel" was the common phrase we all used when we needed something. She became a wonderful friend throughout the years. She held the love and respect of the families, children and staff who walked in those doors. How she did the things she was able to accomplish during her tenure at Roosevelt, I will never know. She was just that kind of person. Many tears are being shed as a result of her passing. As I said---WHAT A WOMAN!!!

Patricia Herrera-Sanchez

Posted at 09:56pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Michael & Melanie Hernandez & family

Posted at 07:55pm
With our deepest sympathy, rest in peace Aunt Rachel.
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