Wednesday, August 24, 2011

For Rhonda 1960-2011

This card has been in my draft posts for several weeks, but it has been difficult to decide to publish it. I don't know why.  Maybe because I had to let more time pass.  A wonderful woman and great friend, not to mention a genius hair stylist, passed away on July 23, 2011, after a 6-year battle with breast cancer.

Rhonda was one of the first people I met after moving to Branson four years ago.  After all, a girl needs her hair taken first and foremost, right?  Rhonda would agree with that!  She welcomed me to her chair like an old friend and took care of me from that first visit.  Being nearly a native of the area she knew what it was like to actually live here in Branson, not just to come in as a seasonal visitor.  It was her hometown friendliness that helped me to make the transition from the big city.  She, too, was a military mom and we talked of our sons' experiences.  As a very active participant and leader of the local chapter of Relay for Life, just weeks before her death, Rhonda made sure she was there cheering everyone on.  At 51 years young this amazing woman showed courage, love of friends and family, and faith --- above all faith --- right up to the moment she began her new life in Heaven.
Rhonda loved butterflies so I made this card so symbolize her dazzling life and rise to Heaven.  Oh, dear God, how I miss her!  But when I was struggling with my hair before my son's wedding I just called out -- Rhonda, take over for me!  Suddenly I was doing things with my hair I could never do before.  She was there!  She loved doing hair and make up, helping people to look good. 

Thank you dear friend!  I miss you!


Cindy said...

Barb, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Rhonda.. It is so hard to lose someone... I love the card!! It is just beautiful!!! Please stop on over at my blog, as I have something for you, and I really think you will like it, sicne seeing your card!!
My mom is going on a trip to Branson this coming Saturday with a friend of hers and their church group. She has always wanted to visit Branson!!

heidy said...

Hi Barb,sorry to hear about your friend.
You made a gorgeous symphatie card
Hugs Heidy

Lynette said...

What a very beautiful card, and a very beautiful post, too. I'm glad Rhonda was able to help you prepare yourself for your son's wedding. What a great story.

Joan Ervin said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dear friend, Barb...your gorgeous card was made with much love and I it will bring comfort to her family!!!

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh Barb! This post brought tears to my eyes. I can barely type. How sorry I am for your loss. Your card is a loving tribute and beautiful beyond words. xxD

Auntie Em said...

So sorry about to read about your friend. She sounds like a loving and caring person. Your tribute to her is so touching and your card is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing! {hugs}