On Friday, October 18, 2019, Rhonda Jean Crews King, loving mother of two daughters and four grandchildren passed away at the age of 66 at St. Vincent’s Ascension Community Hospice and Palliative Care after an extended illness that she fought with much courage.
Rhonda was born on November 4, 1952 in Folkston, GA to Carroll and Pauline Crews. They moved to Fernandina Beach, FL where she grew up with seven brothers and sisters. She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1970. She raised two daughters and eventually moved to Yulee, FL where she proudly had her very own home built. She worked for several years at Southside Elementary School as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional. Later she was employed by the Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office where she enjoyed being outdoors as a certified field appraiser.
Rhonda has a passion for writing poetry. Her love and compassion could be felt and appreciated by all those that she wrote and dedicated special poems to. Rhonda also loved singing, especially with her Women’s Trio at church where they sang many church hymn specials. Rhonda was very involved with her daughters’ activities becoming a leader in the Girl Scout organization, coaching softball teams, leading the PTA and many years of being homeroom mom. She loved reading, walking, enjoying the beach, vacationing in the mountains, taking spontaneous road trips and sitting on the front porch bird watching and relaxing. Most of all, Rhonda loved her family passionately and had a special place in her heart for each of her grandchildren. The smiles and laughs that she shared with them were infectious and heart-warming and anyone who knew her was well aware of the special loved and adoration she had for each of them.
Rhonda is predeceased by her parents, Carroll and Pauline Crews, and her sister, Carolyn Wright.
She is survived by her two daughters, Denice Andrade (Joe) and Tessy Robbins (Tony); four grandchildren, Brooke and Kyle Andrade and Caroline and Ainsley Robbins; former husband, Stanley King; sisters, Debbie Pitts (Don), Linda Faye McAllister, Vanessa Hartzog (Gary); brothers, Eddie Crews (Jane), James Crews (Carol) and Ricky Crews (Terri), an aunt, June King; uncles, Glynn Brooks (Rosa Mae) and Victor Brooks (Fay) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A service to celebrate her life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, in the Stephens Chapel at Green Pine Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Green Pine Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that a contribution be made in Rhonda’s name to Community Hospice and Palliative Care.
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