Rhonda P. Elliott, 74, of Hutchinson, died Sept. 10, 2012, at the Kansas Medical Center, Andover.
She was born Nov. 12, 1937, in Lakeview, Minn., the daughter of Elmer and Irene Runkle Rossow. She graduated from McPherson High School in 1955 and attended Wichita State University. When in high school, she was a cheerleader and was voted Miss McPherson High School her senior year. Rhonda has remained active as the class historian and in emailing class members on current events.
Rhonda married Gene Elliott March 30, 1958, in Wichita, and they moved to Hutchinson in 1965.
She was a homemaker, aerobics instructor and member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Over the years, she was a Bible study leader, sang in the choir and helped organize greeters for Sunday mornings. Rhonda participated in past Follies as an actor, singer, director and choreographer. She was active in and served as a committee woman for the Republican Party and was a co-founder of the local Patriot Freedom Alliance (Tea Party). She was a member and past president of P.E.O. Chapter BY and was active in Cub Scouts and P.T.A. She was a huge sports fan of her children and grandchildren, serving as the family photographer and cheerleader. Over the years, she and Gene have supported several charities.
Survivors include her husband Gene; sons Tim and his wife Stephanie of Overland Park, Kip of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter Jodee Elliott Bowen and her husband Kevin of Hutchinson; grandchildren Alicia Billings, Jordan and Heather Billings, Megan Elliott, Michael Elliott, Elli Bowen, Trace Bowen, Luke Elliott and Will Elliott; sisters Avis Curfman of Wichita and Cheryl Lucas of Calf.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Harriet Berg.
A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in the McPherson City Cemetery, McPherson.
A service celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 43rd and Monroe, Hutchinson, with Revs. Doug Wyatt and Bones Nay officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Elliott Mortuary.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the charity of the donor’s choice.
Please visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a condolence for Rhonda’s family.