Raquel H. Newman passed away on Oct. 6 in Palm Springs, California at age 91. She was surrounded by her four children and their spouses, and her eldest granddaughter. Graveside services will be just for family, but a Celebration of Life gathering in San Francisco for all to remember this remarkable woman will be scheduled. Details to follow.
She was preceded in death by her husband C. M. “Nick” Newman.
She is survived by children Peter Bruce Newman, Thomas R. Newman (Ron Parks), Edward “Ted” Newman, Sara J. Newman; grandchildren: Vianna Newman Dennis and Alec Dennis and Cassandra Vera Newman; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, E. R. “Bob” and Phyllis Newman, L. James “Jim” Newman and Jane Ivory, Murray H. and Sharee Newman; and many nieces and nephews.
Raquel was cared for with an abundance of love and compassion for the past year by two incredible caregivers. These two women made so much possible for her, both in San Francisco and in Palm Springs while she advanced on her final journey with the help of hospice.
“Racky” was a mentor to many, a passionate, involved giver to her communities for over seventy years, both in her organizational involvements and in philanthropy. She will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made to the organization of your choice or to URJ Camp Newman in Sonoma County (campnewman.org), which Racky launched with her seed money — Jewish summer camp was so close to her heart, and Camp Newman needs nurturing after the wildfires of 2017.
Notes to the family may be sent to: Newman, 1775 E Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 110-402, Palm Springs, CA 92264.