Rhonda Jo Buckwalter Dodd, 65, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
Rhonda was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Hannibal, Mo., to Norman and Jean Pugh Buckwalter. She married Robert (Bobby) Dodd Nov. 30, 1991, in Palmyra. He survives.
Other survivors include daughters, Erika Higgins, Whitney (Jeremy) Wilson, Audra (Tim) Bross and Candi (Joe) Kowalski; son, Robbie Dodd; grandchildren, Haley and Paige Higgins, Skyelar Dodd, Reese and Mason Kowalski and Owen and Clara Bross; and great-grandaughter, Piper Higgins. She is also survived by her mother, Jean Buckwalter; siblings, Marcia (Robert) Fohey, Rod (Melissa) Buckwalter, Chad (Holly) Buckwalter and Kirk (Karen) Buckwalter and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her ”Daddy” Norman Buckwalter.
Rhonda was a 1971 Palmyra High School graduate. She lived in San Diego, Calif., where she worked as a doctor’s assistant and in Cape Girardeau, Mo. where she worked as a dental assistant.
She eventually made her home in Palmyra where she worked at City Hall for 33 years, serving as city clerk for 13 of those years. She also enjoyed selling real estate in her spare time.
Rhonda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, but above all she loved her Savior, Jesus Christ.
She enjoyed golfing, gardening and traveling. She served in the American Legion Auxiliary and Palmyra Area Community Betterment and on various boards at Palmyra First Baptist Church, where she was a member.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, at the First Baptist Church in Palmyra. Pastor Paul Reese will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 22, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.
Pallbearers will be Jim Lowe, Darryl Comstock, Billy Morris, Bob Ravenscraft, Joe Schaffer and Rick Hoenes.
Memorials may be made to Palmyra First Baptist Church and Palmyra Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.