She was born Jan. 29, 1959, in Burlington to Paul and Carolyn (Reynolds) Ploof. Rhonda graduated from Winooski High School in 1977.
She lovingly supported individuals with disabilities through the Howard Center for nearly 20 years and coached Special Olympics in her younger years. Rhonda was the epitome of a caregiver who uplifted her friends and strangers alike with her easy smile, compassion, love and forgiveness through her faith in the Lord.
Rhonda was a member of her high school band, the United Church of Hinesburg and the Williston Lions Club.
Left to honor her life and love are her partner Alice Cobb, son Adam, brothers Bob (Mary) Reid, Charlie Reid, and sister Pat (Scott) Bridges; cousins she considered sisters and brothers, Mary Ann (Joe, deceased), Lou (Susan) and Larry (Kathy); and many friends, co-workers and her church family.
She will be remembered as a bright shining light because of her uncanny ability to reach people in a deep positive way.
Those whose lives have been touched by Rhonda are invited to a celebration of her life at United Church of Hinesburg at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Please bring your favorite dish for a potluck luncheon immediately following in the Parish Hall. This will be a time to reminisce, laugh and support one another. A private family graveside service is to be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Rhonda by making a contribution to the United Church of Hinesburg, P. O. Box 39, Hinesburg, VT 05461.