RHONDA RAWLINS MAXFIELD

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RHONDA RAWLINS MAXFIELD Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Rhonda Rawlins Maxfield, 88, passed away February 17, 2017 in Richland, WA. Rhonda was born to Reuel Leavitt Rawlins and Sarah Alice Beech on August 19, 1928 in Lewiston, Utah. Her family moved to White Bluffs, WA while she was in the 7th grade. When the government claimed their farmlands in 1944, for the Hanford Project, the family moved to Toppenish. Upon high school graduation, she moved with her family to Richland where she found employment as a clerk/typist for General Electric. Soon after Rhonda met her future husband, Orin Maxfield, at a church dance. They married on April 20th, 1949 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. Rhonda and Orin had five children Marita, Vicki, Ronald, Reuel and Gerald. They both worked at General Electric until they started a dairy in Kennewick. When they sold the dairy, Rhonda returned to work in the payroll department for General Electric. Upon retirement, Rhonda and Orin traveled the world together. Orin and Rhonda were faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They served two church missions, first at the London Temple and then in the Los Angeles Family History Mission. After those missions, they continued their service by becoming temple workers at the Portland and Columbia River temples. Rhonda was blessed with many talents which she happily shared with others. She was an accomplished seamstress. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were lucky recipients of her handiwork. Her skills in crocheting and knitting were also admired. She enjoyed her "sewing club" that regularly met since the 1950's. Rhonda was proud of her pioneer heritage and was an active member in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer, earning her 50th years pin. Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Reuel and David, her daughter Vicki and her eternal companion Orin. She is survived by her children, Marita Kemp, Ronald (Karen) Maxfield, Reuel (Diane) Maxfield, Gerald (Shelly) Maxfield, 20 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and her sisters, Mary Lewis and Ruth (Ted) Hill. Funeral service will be held Saturday February 25th, at 1:00 pm (viewing at 12:00) at the LDS Chapel 3701 Watkins Way, West Richland. Internment at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick following services. The family would like to thank Dr. Oro and the doctors and staff at Guardian Angels and Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassionate and loving care of our mother. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Kennewick, WA 99338
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Feb. 23, 2017