Rachel Towner Raffles (nee Bauman), 95, of Riverside, died March 11, 2018.

Born Oct. 4, 1922, in Chicago, she was a writer and activist, who was beloved by her family and friends. 

She was the daughter of the late Albert and Zaidee Everett Bauman; the daughter-in-law to the late Earl and Cornelia Mallum Towner; the sister of the late Everett Bauman; the widow of the late Lawrence William Towner (died June 1992) and the late Richard Raffles (died June 2009); the mother of Wendy (Richard) Yanikoski, Kristin Towner, Lawrence Towner (died 1983), Elizabeth (Mark) Jackson, Peter (Bettina Fernandez) Towner and Michael (Stephanie Bryant) Towner; the grandmother of Sr. Laura Rachel, Catherine (Quinn) Adamoski, Kristin (Luke) Sherman, Joshua (Meghann Rowley) Moses, Daniel (Bess-Marie Moll) Moses, Adam (Kathleen Russell) Moses, Carly Jackson; and William Towner, Nicolas Towner, Olivia Towner, Mark Towner, Peter Towner, Jeffrey Towner and Rachel Towner; the great-grandmother of Maeve Moses, Franklin Moses, Niko Moses, Maria Moses, Ophelia Moses, Bennett Moses, Rachel Sherman and Matthew Sherman; stepmother to Mark (Cathy) Raffles and Scott (Vicky) Raffles; and step-grandmother to John and Andrea Raffles. 

A private memorial in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org). 

Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.