Rhonda Kay Martin of Mountain Home, Arkansas, was born on April 27, 1955, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to loving parents Jessie and Clara (Pressley) Martin. Throughout her life, she cherished her roles as a devoted daughter, caring sister, a nurturing mother, and a beloved aunt. On September 27, 2023, Rhonda departed this world in Springfield, MO. Rhonda’s educational journey took her from Mammoth Spring High School, where she graduated in 1973, to the Bank of Thayer in Missouri where she worked two years. She pursued her passion for learning, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1979. Rhonda dedicated her career to the Mountain Home Public School System as a Special Education Teacher from 1979 to 1983 and later as a fourth-grade teacher until her well deserved retirement in 2007.
On September 15, 1986, Rhonda welcomed Anisha into her life, adopting her from India. Anisha became the heart and soul of Rhonda’s existence. Rhonda had a deep interest in American Sign Language and held a strong Baptist faith. She selflessly volunteered her time, spending four years at the Baxter Medical Center in the Physical Therapy Department and contributing to the Mountain Home Humane Society for a brief period. Throughout her adult life, Rhonda shared her home with four cherished dogs: Lambsey, Bomber, Scamper, and Toby. Her passion for collecting watermelon memorabilia spanned over three decades. Rhonda was an avid reader and found joy in writing poetry. She had a diverse taste in music, with a special fondness for the Beatles, Cher, and Elton John. Her favorite movie was Rainman. In 2014, Rhonda faced her first battle with cancer, showing remarkable bravery in each subsequent year. Despite losing the use of her left arm and hand to cancer in 2019, she never uttered a complaint. Rhonda drew strength and inspiration from her loving family, who provided unwavering support and care throughout her courageous fight. From 2019 to 2023, Rhonda lived with Leah Ann and Tony, who were instrumental in her journey.
Rhonda is survived by her mother, Clara Martin of Mammoth Spring, AR., daughter, Anisha Martin of Oakland, CA., sister, Leah Ann Iaguessa (Tony) of Springfield, MO., nephew, Joey Iaguessa and friend Timber White of Denver, CO., and many other extended family members and friends. Friends who held a special place in her heart include : Terry Berry of Bono, AR., Marvon Browning of Springfield, MO., cousin, Kathy French of Portland, TN., Norenda James of Jonesboro, AR., Rhonda Neal of Springdale, AR., Jim Rainey of Mountain Home, AR., Judy St Clair of Mountain Home, AR, and Mary Jane Taylor of Mammoth Spring, AR..
Rhonda’s legacy will forever be cherished by those whose lives she touched.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Martin, brother, Roger Martin, all her grandparents, several aunt and uncles, special friend, Susan Manes and her treasured neighbor, Don Freeman.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to either the America Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. at 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX, 75380.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.
Services will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023, 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. Pallbearers include: Troy Ayers, Pete Cooper, Danny French, Garreth James, Mark Schutt, and Larry Taylor.
Interment will be on October 6, 2023, at the Riverside Cemetery of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the care of Carter Funeral Home Inc., – Thayer, Missouri.