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Services honoring and remembering the life of Rhonda Dea Crawford will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Kenny at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-7 with family there to receive visitors.
Rhonda passed away at her home Wednesday, March 16, 2016 with her family by her side. She was 60.
Born July 8, 1955 in Tulsa, Okla., Rhonda became part of a large and loving family. A twin, she was the tenth child of George William and Juanita Fay (Oakley) Barnes. There were five other siblings born after Rhonda's birth, so she was both little sister and big sister in the Barnes' household. She grew up and went to school in Tulsa. Following her high school years at East Central she began her first job at Cotton's Restaurant in Tulsa.
When she was blessed to become a mother of her three children, she dedicated her life to nurturing her family. Nothing was more important than home and family for Rhonda — a trait that began as a child and continued throughout her entire lifetime.
Rhonda met the love of her life while he was working in Oklahoma. On August 4, 1989 Rhonda and Kenneth Emanuel Crawford married in a Tulsa ceremony. Home for the couple was in both Wisconsin and St. Louis. When Kenny passed away on Oct. 4, 2004, Rhonda naturally desired to be near her family and moved to Claremore. She was able to enjoy not just the same community, but actually the same street. It was such a joy for her to be able to share the closeness of so many family members once again.
Because Rhonda was one to embrace as many of life's little pleasures, she and her mom and sisters were always going and doing together. They played bingo, shopped, played cards or just hung out.
Rhonda was genuine and authentic. She was strong willed, and fought through some of life's toughest challenges.
Her straight forward manner of dealing with life inspired everyone who knew her. Rhonda was like a light house to her family — pointing them in the right direction with strength and love.
Those family members who survive are 3 children, Cheryl McElrea and husband, Don of Missouri, Delbert Kelley, Jr. and wife, Christin of California, and Jessie Kelley of Claremore; 4 surviving grandchildren, Michael, Vanessa, Delbert III, and Alyssa; 3 great grandchildren, Kylee, Kennedy, and Kendall; 13 siblings, Sharon and husband Jerry, George, Jr. and wife, Mary, James, Beverly, Larry and wife, Linda, Carol, Donna and husband, Tom, Cathy and husband, Ron, Ronile and husband, Richard, Terrie and husband, Gary, Michael, Dennis, Ricky and wife, Tonya; and her many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny; parents, George and Juanita; sister, Rita Kay and grandson, Christopher.
Published on March 19, 2016
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