In Memory

Rhonda Dudley (Gustafson)


Rhonda Denise (Dudley) Gustafson

Born: Wed Aug 20, 1958
Died: Sun Mar 18, 2012


Rhonda Gustafson, age 53 of Oshkosh, won her seven year battle with cancer and transitioned peacefully on Sunday, March 18, 2012 with her family by her side.  She was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on August 20, 1958 to Darwin and Iva (Davis) Dudley.  She graduated from Nacogdoches High School, then went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin University.  She married Jim Gustafson in Longview, Texas on April 9, 1988. Rhonda is loved and will be missed by her husband, Jim; children Zack and Abby; her mother, Iva (Bobby) Wallace of Lilbert, TX; her brother Kent (Sheri) Dudley of Midlothian, TX; brother-in-law, Bruce (Pat) Gustafson; sisters-in-law, Diane (Robert) Tallman and Terry (Warren) Kempfert; and by many other family members and friends whose lives she has touched.  She is preceded in death by her father, Darwin Dudley.

Rhonda was a gentle and loving wife, mother, and friend who was totally devoted to her family and to improving the lives of those around her.  Her honesty, kindness, and warm nature were traits that guided all who knew her. Her favorite thing in life was spending time with family. Over the years she hosted many holiday and family events; she was the glue that held her family together. While fighting her illness, she remained a positive light on those close to her, proving her strength of character and unwavering faith. She was an unbelievable influence on those around her, selflessly putting our problems before her own. Though we all are saddened by her passing, we take comfort in the beautiful life that she led and knowing that her struggle has ended.
Visitation for Rhonda will be held at First English Lutheran Church, 1013 Minnesota Street on Thursday, March 22, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 6:00 p.m., with Reverend Timothy Greenwald officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First English Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 would be greatly appreciated.