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307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 325-4521
Jody Rakes

Jody Ann Rakes

Tuesday, July 31st, 1956 - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Jody Ann Wells Rakes, 62, of San Mateo, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home from natural causes. Born in Great Falls, Montana to Burton Wells and Jeanne Knox, she moved to San Mateo in 1960. Jody attended and graduated from the Putnam County school System. She worked for the State of Florida at the Farmer’s Market in East Palatka. Jody was also an ordained Elder at the San Mateo Presbyterian Church where she was very involved with Children’s activities, missions, taught Sunday School, served as past clerk and session member and volunteered at the Bread of Life. The beach was her favorite place. She stayed there almost every summer. Jody also loved going to the mountains.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Louis Rakes, her father, Burton Wells, her mother and step-father, Jeanne Knox and Robert Knox.
Jody is survived by a son, C.R. Wells (Andrea), step-daughters, Lindsay Purcell and Beckie Ashby, grandchildren, Caelyn, Anslee, Skylar, Hank, Ava, Elyssea, Nadia, Josh, Katie, Maddy, great-grandchildren, Drake, Kenlee, Emberlee, her siblings, Barry Wells (Helen), Donny Wells (Meghan), John Knox (Sandra), Peggy Jeanne Counts and Roberta Wiesner, nieces and nephews, Brandy Wells, Neva Wells, Donielle Wells, Baker Knox ( Katelyn), Cole Wiesner (Megan), Ava Counts, Kylar, Madyline, Paizlee, Braxton and Braylon and her best friend, Ana Turner.
A celebration of life service will be at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the San Mateo Presbyterian Church with Rev. Noel White and Dr. Robert J. Mills officiating. A dinner will follow immediately afterwards in the Potter’s House.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the San Mateo Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 57, San Mateo , FL 32187.
Jody always said, “Make up your mind to be happy”.
Jody loved God, her church, her family and her friends. She was fun to be around and everyone loved her. She had a contagious laugh that everyone enjoyed hearing.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Jody’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 5:30pm
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 5:30pm
    San Mateo Presbyterian Church
    201 Currie Rd.
    SAN MATEO, FL 32187
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Gloria Wilkinson Kolajack

Posted at 02:47pm
C.R., Barry, Donny, John, Peggy Jean, Roberta it’s so hard to believe. I am so sorry. We had been friends for over 40 years. I have so many wonderful and funny memories of us in the 70’s. We were roommates and worked at the bank together. Jody was one of my rare close friends that no matter if we didn’t see or hear from each other often we knew the love was always there. The Lord knows when to take us home. Love, Gloria


Posted at 09:40pm
Barry and Donnie,I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Jody. What fun we had in high school.She was a great friend and a pleasure to know. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her but not forgotten.Thoughts and prayers are with all you.
Joan Winslow {Brunson}

Krystal Wilson

Posted at 08:23pm
I can honestly say you were the most caring and loving person I've ever met. You greeted my son Kaleb with a smile everyday when you substituted his 2nd grade class for the beginning of the school year. He cried and you welcomed him with a hug everyday at the door. That meant the world to my boy, my mama and I. I remember you would text me all the time to tell me how he was doing. You would always tell me that you loved our sweet family so much. I wish I would have texted you the other day to see how you were doing.... please know that we miss you already and that we loved you so much!!!
I pray for peace and comfort for your family. I know you are reunited in Heaven with your husband. I know you are rejoicing up there.
Love you so much Jody.

Cindy Suszko

Posted at 07:51pm
Jody was an amazing woman. A person who as soon as you met her, you instantly loved her. Jody was caring, compassionate and a lot of fun to be around. Words cannot express how she will be missed by her "work family". Jody was loved by the people in the Bureau of State Farmers Market system. We are very sad, but know that Heaven has gained another angel. Rest in peace Jody! We shall meet again in glory one day! To Jody's immediate family - please accept my deepest sympathies in the passing of such a grand lady!

Diane Hutcheson

Posted at 07:30pm
It’s strange how you think about someone at a moment in time and then you forget to just see how that person is doing and then you hear of their passing 😢 this is what happened to me , I met Jody 3 years ago in Browning Pearce Elementary, she was my grandsons 2 Nd grade substitute teacher for awhile , Oh my we hit it off right away , she had such love , compassion, and concern for the children she was responsible for to teach . What an amazing woman, she gave 110% to these children I know because my Kaleb was one of them . I thank God so many times for Jody being there at that school at the right time . This child needed a compassionate person at a time in his life who struggled with issues of learning . There’s a Christian song I remember many years back it is sung Ray Boltz, it’s called “Thank You “ , google it and you will understand how I was impacted by this beautiful person Jody Ann Wells Rakes . I will see you again Ms Jody in Heaven some day . I can tell you again THANK YOU ✝️💕 Diane Hutcheson

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