Rhonda L. Stansberry
Rhonda L. Stansberry of Omaha passed away Friday, August 3, 2018. Rhonda was born on March 17, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa to Floyd and Marjonnelle Sutterfield and later raised in DeSoto, Missouri graduating St. Pius X High School. Her passion for words and writing began at an early age. She won the 1960 Missouri State Spelling Bee. She was a proud alumna of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and enjoyed a life-long career as a journalist and feature writer for newspapers including the Columbia Daily Tribune and 30 years with the Omaha World Herald. Following her retirement, Rhonda concentrated on her other passion: all things rooted. She achieved a Master Gardener certification and volunteered with the landscaping work at Henry Doorly Zoo.
Rhonda was devoted to her family. She is survived by her husband, Mark, sons Douglas and Michael, grandchildren Jaiden, Jocelyn and Anderson Stansberry, sister Anne Cousin and brother Roy Sutterfield. She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to KIOS FM, Omaha Public Radio, or Lauritzen Gardens.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the compassionate and expert care provided by the University of Nebraska Medical Center staff during her final illness.
A celebration of Rhonda’s life will be held at a later date.