OBITUARY

Rhonda Hooper

July 20, 1954May 6, 2018

Rhonda Hooper, 63, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018. She was born July 20, 1954 in Victoria to the late Bobby Foreman and Margaret Foreman Brownlee.

Survivors include her husband, Jon Hooper; children, Jerheme Urban (Emily), Molly Urban Jacobson (Brent), Caleb Urban (Hope); stepchildren, Sam Hooper (Niki) and Lindsey Hooper; mother, Margaret Foreman Brownlee; three sisters, Monica Strelec (Allan), Kim Gerbino (AJ), Liz Huff (Nicky); grandchildren, Liesl, Barrett, and Luke Urban, Reece and Rhett Jacobson, Baelyn Urban, Ainsley and Sam Houston Hooper, Jr.; seven nieces and nephews; 13 great nieces and nephews; and many extended family and close friends.

Rhonda was a true lover of people, and looked to enhance the lives of all that she came in contact with. She spent this past year as a loving second grade teacher at Trinity Episcopal School, after spending twenty years teaching at Nursery Elementary. She would use her passion for teaching, cooking, gardening, pickling, horseback riding and 4-H as means to invest in so many people, and she loved every minute of it. Her radiant smile and joyful personality were fueled by her love for her savior, Jesus Christ. She would wake up every morning thankful for another "Sonrise", and she would then look to use her smile, words and deeds to brighten someone's day. Rhonda truly lived for her family, vibrantly loved her grandkids and walked with God's blessings each day of her life.

Rhonda was preceded in death by both her father, Bobby Lee Foreman, and second father, Bill Brownlee. Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 pm on Thursday, May 10th, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria. Funeral service and celebration will be held at 10:30 am Friday, May 11, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria, with the Rev. Barney Matocha officiating. Private family burial will follow the celebration. Pallbearers will be Scott Dierlam, Sam Hooper, Jason Huff, Justin Huff, Brent Jacobson, Austin Strelec, Caleb Urban and Jerheme Urban. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Lee Foreman and Bill Brownlee.

Contributions may be made to the Victoria County 4-H Scholarship Fund, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria, Texas, 77904.

Words of comfort may be shared with at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Bobby Lee Foreman, Father
  • Margaret Petrash Foreman Brownlee, Mother
  • Jon King Hooper, Husband
  • Jerheme Urban (Emily), Son
  • Molly Urban Jacobson (Brent), Daughter
  • Caleb Urban (Hope), Son
  • Sam Hooper (Niki), Stepchild
  • Lindsey Hooper, Stepchild
  • Monica Strelec (Allan), Sister
  • Kim Gerbino (AJ), Sister
  • Liz Huff (Nicky), Sister
  • Liesl, Barrett and Luke Urban, Grandchildren
  • Reece and Rhett Jacobson, Grandchildren
  • Baelyn Urban, Grandchild
  • Ainsley and Sam Houston Hooper Jr., Grandchildren
  • Bill Brownlee, Second Father
  • Rhonda also leaves seven nieces and nephews, thirteen great nieces and nephews and many extended family and close friends to cherish her memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Scott Dierlam
  • Sam Hooper
  • Jason Huff
  • Justin Huff
  • Brent Jacobson
  • Austin Strelec
  • Caleb Urban
  • Jerheme Urban
  • Bobby Lee Foreman, Honorary
  • Bill Brownlee, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • Victoria County 4-H Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral and Celebration Service Friday, May 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Rhonda Hooper

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Brenda Hamm

May 12, 2018

My heart is so sad for the families loss but proud for Rhonda to go home to the Lord. Our boys played flag football together. Rhonda was always a ray of positive sunshine. God bless you and comfort you during your huge loss. Cherish that beautiful smile and precious memories.

Courtney Calk

May 11, 2018

Molly and family,
It must warm your heart to know what an impact your sweet mama made on so many lives! The legacy she created will go on for years to come. I will miss seeing her beautiful smile, and I will especially miss her sweet message to me every July 20th.... she called herself my "birthday twin" and always brightened my birthday with that message. I know all too well the thousands of emotions you have right now, but in the coming weeks I hope you can bask in the joy and wonderful memories of a life WELL lived. Praying for you, dear friend, and your whole family...........God's peace and comfort to you all.
Love,
Courtney Westerman Calk

Roma Preiss

May 10, 2018

Oh what a beautiful and sweet soul. She will be greatly missed but she is now with Our Saviour walking the "Streets of Gold". My thoughts and prayers to the entire family in this time of your sadness. Shalom!

Phyllis Brewer

May 10, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy to Jon, Jerheme, Molly, Caleb, Sam, and Lindsey, because I care and have warm thoughts and respect for Rhonda. I have known Rhonda for thirty years and have shared many life experiences along the way. We had lots of similar pasts and both country girls. I am so saddened by her unexpected death and heartbroken for the grief her family and friends are feeling now. Jon was devoted to her and will need a circle of prayers to give him strength and to see him through the days ahead. She would now have the correct comforting words and scriptures for us if we listen and may the thought give you comfort and peace for a brighter day. Cling to the Lord and He will comfort you through the process of grieving and, in the future, will replace your sorrow with great unending joy! The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Patty Vincent

May 10, 2018

I just learned today about Rhonda. She has been a special friend. I ache for the loss but know she walks in happiness with our Savior! We met many years ago and reconnected last year. She impacted my life. I painted a very simple sunflower for her which she hung in her classroom. I would love to keep it for her memory. My love and prayers go out to her husband and family. Her voice still rings in my ears the last time we talked. Love was her mantra. She is a beautiful child of God. My prayers go out to Jon and family.
Patty Vincent. 5154905199

Robert Nagel

May 10, 2018

I really didn't know Rhonda only emailed her in 2014 in response to an email to my wife Ann who we gave up to JESUS and GOD on Valentines Day in 2014. Ann and Rhonda met because of a common student named Hanna. Ann had Hanna in 1st grade in Meyersville and Rhonda had her in 2nd grade in Nursey. The way I remember Hanna's family moved a lot and she came to Meyersville way behind. When she got to Nursey, Rhonda called Meyersville and talked to Ann for more on Hanna. And the friendship between 2 kindred souls begain. So I only know a bit about Rhonda, but I know she LOVED little kids like my dear Ann. Nobody can love like they did(NO DO LOVE) without knowing just how much and how perfectly GOD LOVES each of us.
So I know what you are experiencing; I still wear those shoes. God was with me or I won't have survived. I was BLESSED; Ann and I were together for 37 years 3 months and 22days. She touched kids for over 35 years. I had almost 2 whole years to not just tell her I loved her but show her I loved her. Oh and I got to witness all the people reaching out to Ann and me at GOD'S perfect moment when we needed it! And it still goes on! Rhonda reached out to several times after that 1st email.
Short of a long windy story, I know its hard to think of thanks right now. But your wife daughter mother grandmom teacher friend or whatever will never be gone as long as someone is left that Rhonda touched! And memories? Oh THANK YOU JESUS!!!!
Tears are windows to your soul and tears will cause cheeks to blossom. My heart goes out to Rhonda's family. GOD'S PEACE!

Nancy Stone

May 10, 2018

I met Rhonda in 1990, having just moved to Victoria. Life would replant my family many times, but the one constant in my life would become a dear friend who was never more than a phone call away. A sweet sunshiney voice... "well, hello my sweet friend," she would say! We continued to talk for the next 28 years. Birthdays, Christmases... as the family grew, as they grew up, the milestones, the what if’s, the please pray for and the I’m so proud of moments. We shared laughter, regrets, mistakes, the real us! So very far apart in distance, our hearts would remain close. A friend for life, a sister forever. She leaves with me: a legacy of LOVE, of light and of a life well spent. Heaven is surely a bit brighter now that my sweet friend is home. I consider myself truly BLESSED by the gift of her friendship. I will miss her, so very, very much.

Linney King

May 9, 2018

Jon, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. My Mother Maurine Beck of Fannin owned the little grocery store in Fannin. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Linney Beck King Fannin/McKinney, Texas

Brenda Anderson

May 9, 2018

My Sweet Friend,
If you were here I think you would hug me and tell me “Cry a tear or two and remember me, but then move on and be happy.” I will deeply miss your kindred heart, and I am truly grateful for every moment I knew you.
Love you always

Claudette & Russell Hofer

May 9, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jon and all the family. May God wrap his arms around you in your time of loss and give you peace.