Rhonda Mae Clarke passed away at the age of 52 on Feb. 8, 2014, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
She was born June 7, 1961, in Pasco, Wash., to Ronald D. Clarke and Jerilynn Clarke. Rhonda was loved by everyone who met her. Her charm, wit and bright smile brought the world joy.
Rhonda was a naturally gifted athlete. She was an all-league MVP in both softball and basketball during her high school years at Armijo High School. She was a winner of an ASA softball national championship in 1979. She graduated from Emporia State College in Kansas in 1984, having led her softball team to two national championships in 1983 and ’84 for which she was also named MVP and All-American each year. She made friends all over the U.S. during her years playing softball.
Rhonda taught physical education in Richmond, Calif., for a few years after graduating from Emporia State. She then moved to Texas, where she began a successful landscape business in Katy and Corpus Christi.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her brothers, Gary and Kevin Clarke. She is survived by her father, Ronald D. Clarke, and stepmother, Tess Clarke of Stockton, Calif.; mother, Jerilynn Clarke of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Tamara Mansfield; and nieces, Jennifer and Jessica of Lancaster, Calif., and Kristi Clarke of Vacaville, Calif. She is also survived by her partner in life, Julie Spain of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Rhonda Mae Clarke will be missed by her family, friends and acquaintances. Her bright star shall shine forever in the hearts of all who knew her.
A memorial service for Rhonda will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., with burial immediately following.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 707-425-4697, www.bryanbraker.com.