STERLING – Rhonda Lynette Howard Schweska was our Mama. Cancer has taken her from us entirely too soon.
On Jan. 9, 2014, she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her brain. On the morning of March 9, 2014, surrounded by love in the comfort of her home, she opened her eyes, looked deep into our hearts, and took her last breath. She always did live for those moments that took her breath away.
Rhonda was born March 24, 1960, to William and Ellen Stewart Howard, and was raised in Sterling. Although her love for adventure led her to many points along the planet, because of Meme and Papa, Sterling always has been home.
Our mom was an American soldier, a teacher, a learner, a reader, a writer, a traveler, a music fanatic, a mom to many, a friend to many more, an amazing grandma, and a lover of life. She was never one to be imprisoned by what others thought she should do and for that, we envy her tenacity. She truly lived life like every day could be her last.
Her amazing spirit will undoubtedly live on through her two children, Zachary Thomas (Audra) Schweska and Carlye Justine Schweska; two grandbabies, Ellijah and Lillian; three siblings, Billie (Mike) McDaniel, Scott (Sheryl) Howard, and Marty (Jackie) Howard; nine nieces and nephews; and countless members of her extended family. Rhonda’s family ran thicker than blood, so to all of her friends that loved her, thank you.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The world is a better place because of our mom. We are all better people for having shared our days with her. Though her life has ended far too soon, it was a life complete in so many ways. For that, we shall celebrate. Due to the extraordinary efforts and support coming from every corner of this planet, we are able and honored to throw her a celebration of life.
Her celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. In the presence of Meme and Papa (Bill and Ellen Howard) we will have a prayer service and balloon release. Immediately after, at 5 p.m., the party will move to Milledgeville Men’s Club, 204 N. Main Ave. Food, drink, and music will be provided. In honor of Rhonda, we will stay until they kick us out. St. Patrick’s Day was one of her favorite holidays, so feel free to load on the green and come toast to our Mama.
Thank you for loving her. Thank you for loving us.
Mama, sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock, sweet you roll.