WATERVILLE – Rhonda Lou Garber, adored wife, mother, grandmother, died on August 6, 2021 in her home with her family by her side.
Rhonda was born on May 4, 1962, the second child of Deanna (née Brousseau) and Thomas King. She grew up in the small town of Shawmut and graduated from Lawrence High School. After high school, she left Maine for the blue skies and beaches of California. There she met and married the father of her two children. She integrated seamlessly into his large, loving family, who continued to adore her for the rest of her life. When the family moved to New Jersey for her husband’s work, she started a home daycare center, where she was much loved by the children and parents alike.
After her divorce in 1997, Rhonda and her children moved back to Maine. She started working in a medical office, where she met the love of her life, Greg Garber. He treated her like a queen and brought with him two beautiful daughters, whom Rhonda loved as if they were her own. Greg and Rhonda married in 2007, on the seven-year anniversary of their first date.
Rhonda was a kind and caring woman who would do anything to help others with a drop of a hat. She was devoted to the service of the Lord. She loved teaching young children in Sunday school, walking in the sun, growing beautiful flowers in her garden, watching birds, and loving her grandchildren.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Greg Garber; her children, son Patrick Leahy and wife Kristin of South Portland; daughter, Kelly Stinneford and husband Ryan from Sidney; daughter, Megan Boone and husband Andrew van Winslow; daughter, Danielle Garber and partner Jesse Barrows of Smithfield; parents, Thomas and Deanna King of Shawmut; brother, David King and wife Jen of Pittston; sister, Corrina Marcoux and husband Marc van Burnham; brother, Brian and wife Valerie of Portland; many nieces and nephews; and lights of her life, grandchildren, Logan, Brynna, Haley, Lucy, James, Riley and Addi.
The family would like to thank all nurses and staff at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, as well as the radiology staff at Maine General Health, for their exemplary care of Rhonda during her time with them.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 13 at 11 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church, on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville.
An online guestbook can be signed and memories can be shared at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements are through Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Harold Alfond Center of Cancer Care, Philanthropy Department
PO Box 82
Waterville, ME 04903
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