OBITUARY

Rhonda Marie Gilliland

July 21, 1972May 25, 2019
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Rhonda Marie Gilliland born July 21, 1972, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones. She is survived by her parents, Ron and Dixie Gilliland of Olathe, sister Becky Shoemaker, nephew Lane Shoemaker, niece Ashlynn Shoemaker, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended church family, and loved ones. Rhonda began school at the Developmental Learning Center in Olathe at age 5 and attended DLC until she graduated at 21. Following graduation she attended the day services program at Johnson County Developmental Supports for 25 years, where she enjoyed spending her days with friends and co-workers. Rhonda was also active in Kansas Special Olympics for many years as a member of the Olathe Trailblazers, where she participated in swimming and bowling.

Rhonda lived a happy life full of adventure, surrounded by her favorite characters Fred Flintstone, Garfield, and Alf. She enjoyed family cruises, visiting the beach, overnights in hotels, Juliette Lowe summer camp, K Mart, and collecting love from everyone she knew. She also enjoyed vintage television, such as The Brady Bunch, The Jeffersons, Emergency, and Archie Bunker

Escorting her on her journey home will be her beloved Fred Flintstone and Cabbage Patch Penny.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Rhonda’s memory to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, or Friends of JCDS.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Olathe Hospice and Olathe Hospice House for their compassionate care and understanding.

She is, was, and always will be a shining light to the world.

Condolences may be offered at www.McGilley-Frye.com

  • FAMILY

  • Ronald G. Gilliland, Father
  • Dixie Lee (Richardson) Gilliland, Mother
  • Becky Shoemaker, Sister
  • Lane Shoemaker, Nephew
  • Ashlynn Shoemaker, Niece
  • Rhonda is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended church family and loved ones.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Lane Shoemaker, Pallbearer
  • Lonnie Mc Donald, Pallbearer
  • Brady McDonald, Pallbearer
  • Gage Phillips, Pallbearer
  • Payton Phillips, Pallbearer
  • Rusty James, Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Johnson County Developmental Support

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 1, 2019

Memories

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Gerald Cullumber

June 13, 2019

Ron & Dixie,

Cindy and I are saddened to learn of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of grieving. God bless your family and may he be present with you during this time of loss.

Gerald & Cindy Cullumber

Connie Toynbee

June 1, 2019

Rhonda was loving person. She loved Fred. We enjoyed being with her and family. God has wrapped his loving arms around her, Prayers to all the family and friends.

Connie and Chris Toynbee

Shari, Grant, & Kassie England

June 1, 2019

We have loved your family [including sweet Rhonda]
for many years.
We pray that you can find peace -- knowing it is always so difficult; yet, confident that God's love and care will help you "hang onto" your precious memories of your precious Angel.
God Bless ...

Ben Powell

June 1, 2019

I will miss our time watching Archie Bunker and always having fun coloring.

Shari England

June 1, 2019

Ron, Dixie, & Becky ~
I wish I could take away your pain!!
While death is a glorious healing for our loved ones who've gone before us ...
it [always] leaves the rest of us with broken hearts - and [sometimes] with feelings of anger and/or disbelief.
** I know you don't need ANYone to tell you how precious Rhonda was; but, please take comfort in knowing how much she was loved by others - and how much joy that her Smile and her "Where's Fred?!" brought to their/our lives.
((HUGS))
You and your extended family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers 🙏
&
Rhonda will continue to be in my heart. ❤️
~ Shari England
Grant & Kassie, too

Brenda VanHyning

May 31, 2019

Ron and Family
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Rhonda.. Take comfort in knowing that you'll meet again.. Sending you all many Prayers!
God Bless
Brenda VanHyning

Marguerite Durbin

May 31, 2019

Always a smile! Although I did not have her as a student at DLC I did work with her at church. I helped Judy Roe develop Ronda's program at Aldersgate. She taught us way more than we gave back, I am sure! God worked through you in so many ways dear Rhonda! Hugs to your family!
Marguerite & Larry Durbin

Steve & Julie Kottman

May 29, 2019

We were so sad and sorry for your dear sweet Rhonda’s passing. She’s had such a kind and loving spirit thru her years. God had His hands on her for the road she’s been on and she will be in such loving arms now. 😇. Can you imagine seeing her when it’s your times to be with her again!? We’ll have such tears of joy when we see them in the presence of our God.
In the meantime that smile of hers will keep a smile in your hearts.
With much love and fond memories of your sweet Rhonda 😌
Steve, Julie, And Corey Kottman

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Rhonda is sitting in the doll high chair grandpa made for Tammy.

Biography

Rhonda Marie Gilliland born July 21, 1972, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones. She is survived by her parents, Ron and Dixie Gilliland of Olathe, sister Becky Shoemaker, nephew Lane Shoemaker, niece Ashlynn Shoemaker, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended church family, and loved ones.
Rhonda began school at the Developmental Learning Center in Olathe at age 5 and attended DLC until she graduated at 21. Following graduation she attended the day services program at Johnson County Developmental Supports for 25 years, where she enjoyed spending her days with friends and co-workers. Rhonda was also active in Kansas Special Olympics for many years as a member of the Olathe Trailblazers, where she participated in swimming and bowling.

Rhonda lived a happy life full of adventure, surrounded by her favorite characters Fred Flintstone, Garfield, and Alf. She enjoyed family cruises, visiting the beach, overnights in hotels, Juliette Lowe summer camp, K Mart, and collecting love from everyone she knew. She also enjoyed vintage television, such as The Brady Bunch, The Jeffersons, Emergency, and Archie Bunker

Escorting her on her journey home will be her beloved Fred Flintstone and Cabbage Patch Penny.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Rhonda’s memory to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, or Friends of JCDS.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Olathe Hospice and Olathe Hospice House for their compassionate care and understanding.

She is, was, and always will be a shining light to the world.