Rhonda Michele (Allumbaugh) Gray, 60, of Shenandoah, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at her home.
A memorial celebration of life for Rhonda will be held on Monday, October 28, 2109 at 10:30 am at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Don Buttry officiating. Memorials are being directed to the family.
Rhonda Michele (Allumbaugh) Gray, daughter of Jack Victor and Lee Ellen (Fike) Alllumbaugh. was born in Long Beach, California on October 12, 1959. She unexpectedly left this world on Monday, October 21, 2019 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 60 years, 9 days.
Her early life began in Long Beach until the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan in 1964 as her father served in the Navy. The family would later make several moves, in 1966 to Presidio Army Base in San Francisco, California and in 1969 to Oakland (Alameda), California and in 1971 to Waukegan, Illinois. In 1972, her father retired from the Navy and the family moved back home to Essex, Iowa. Rhonda attended the Essex Community Schools, graduating from Essex High School with the Class of 1978.
On April 26, 1980, Rhonda was united in marriage to Joseph Gray of Imogene, Iowa at Essex. To this union two children, Lucas and Jeanna, were born.
Although most of her years were spent being a stay-at-home mother to her two children she did manage to find a few occupations throughout her life. Rhonda worked as housekeeper for many years at the Tall Corn Hotel when her children were young. She also helped her sisters-in-law when they had their restaurant (her favorite job!). She also worked overnight at the Earl May Distribution Center for a few years. There were also a few seasonal jobs throughout her life she worked.
If you knew Rhonda, you knew she was very intrigued by the paranormal. Most nights were spent watching shows of the paranormal, with her favorite being Ghost Adventures. She often talked about going to stay in a haunted building to see if she could catch sight of a ghost.
Preceding Rhonda in death were her parents; mother-in-law, Frances Jean Gray; two aunts, Pranda Hale and Pat Carlson; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Jean Kirk and Judy Hummel; and sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Billy Linfor.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joseph Gray of Shenandoah; her two children, Lucas Gray and Jeanna Crabs, both of Shenandoah; six grandchildren, Zander, Bryce, Frances, Thomas, Hunter and Clover; two brothers, Jack Allumbaugh and wife Pam of Essex, IA and Greg Allumbaugh and wife Jody of Atlantic, IA; three sisters-in-law, Erin Keesis and husband Larry of Red Oak, IA, Virginia Wolkensdorfer, and Rachel Perkins both of Shenandoah; three brothers-in-law, Bobby Gray and wife Toni of Shenandoah, Paul Gray and wife Linda of Imogene, IA and David Gray and wife Barb of Ozark, MO; many nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives and many friends.
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