Rhonda Mae Clarke

By From page A4 | March 13, 2014

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June 7, 1961 — Feb. 8, 2014

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.

Nancy Green


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  • Wes AweauMarch 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Clarke Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless. Wes Aweau and Family

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  • Julie SpainMarch 10, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Rhonda you are my greatest love. You lit up the room with that beautiful bright smile. You lit up my life from the moment we met. My life will never be the same without you in it. You will forever be in my heart. I love you.

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  • DarahMarch 10, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Just miss talking to you. Still seems so unreal you are gone. You were a wonderful advocate to those four legged babies in need of help. You are and will always be missed.

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  • Alice Beep Jackson WrightMarch 10, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of Rhonda. Our prayers are with you and her family.

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  • Terri OrdonezMarch 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    To the Clarke family I am so sorry for your loss. To Julie God Bless you and keep you strong. Rhonda I miss you driving by and honking and that dang big smile. R.I.P my friend! Texas is going to miss you but we gained one Ornery Brilliantly Shining Angel Star!

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  • Kathryn KendrickMarch 11, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    You will be missed dearly. RIP Sweetheart....you were great to me and my son in our time of need

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  • IvaMarch 11, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    A true glistening diamond and one of the purest athletes I have ever known. You will be missed. May the Lord grant peace, serenity and love to the hearts and minds of the entire Clarke Family now and always and keep them in his care. God bless you all, Iva Jackson

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  • Lucia LermaMarch 12, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Rhonda you will be missed by many. I am very lucky to have met you as you were a great person not only to humans but also to the four legged babies. My deepest condolences to the family and Julie. We definitely have a new shinning star above us.

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  • connie ebanezApril 19, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    I will NEVER believe what I heard happened, NEVER... I am in shock! She was one of the greatest athletes I have ever known. I was privileged to play ball with her years ago. Forever in my heart. I will see you again my friend. Connie Ebanez.

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