Rhonda Williams-Parent of Woodinville returned to the infinite on November 15th, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. on what would have been her 51st birthday, after suffering from a stroke two days earlier. She was preceded in passing by her parents Richard Williams (d. 2007) and Elizabeth Williams (d.1996). Rhonda is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, John; her two beautiful children, Meghan (22) and Cameron (19); her three sisters, Sandra, Kathy and Darlene; her brother Ricky and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rhonda was born and raised on a farm in the small northern Ontario town of Englehart. As a farm girl Rhonda loved all animals and in recent years had a special connection with her Chihuahua, Pumpkin. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1993 with a degree in child studies followed by a Bachelor in Education degree from Brock University in 1994. It was during her time at U of G that she met her life’s love, John and they wed on June 30, 1990. Rhonda taught kindergarten for several years in southern Ontario schools and absolutely loved and excelled in that role.
In July 2005 the Parent family made the decision to accept an offer to move to Seattle area for John’s employment and purchased a home in Woodinville. Rhonda’s love and value of education led her to active involvement in the Cottage Lake PTA for several years including two years as co-president. Once her children were older Rhonda resumed her teaching through providing art classes at the Arts Umbrella in Bothell and the recently opened Kineo School in Kirkland. She also began an art career and showed at galleries in Ballard, Bellingham and other venues (including displays in Woodinville City Hall). Many of her works of art have their home in Woodinville residences.
Rhonda loved and gave to so many and was greatly loved in return. By none more than her husband and children who are in shock at her passing so young but know that her spirit lives on in the collective experience of all she touched. Her limitless capacity for love and giving showed itself to the very end with Rhonda giving literally of herself as an organ donor, which the family was informed will save a minimum of five lives.
In lieu of any gifts, donations can be made in remembrance of Rhonda to the American Stroke Foundation or through considering becoming an organ donor. A memorial service will be held on December 2nd, 2017 at Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Rd, NE, Redmond. All who wish to celebrate Rhonda’s life and impact are welcome.