Services: A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends on Sept. 28, 2019, at the Senior’s Place, 7502 State Highway 14, in Sparta.
Rhonda Michelle Highlander died at Foxwood Springs, Raymore, Missouri, on May 28, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer.
Rhonda was born in Kansas City on Dec. 18, 1961, to James William (Bill) Highlander and Myrna Faye Highlander (Weter, formerly of Sparta, daughter of Charles and Roma Weter). She attended Ruskin High School and went on to receive a diploma in business computer management at Kansas City Business College.
After graduation, Rhonda moved to Terrell, Texas. She went to work at the ASPCA, combining her love of animals with her skills as an accountant and programmer.
She later became the accounting office manager at the regional office at NAPA in Dallas, Texas. During this time, she began raising and breeding quarter horses. After building a successful career in Texas, she returned to Kansas City to be closer to her daughter and mother.
Rhonda loved her family, friends, horses, dogs, antiques, music, and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs. She was funny and smart and beautiful and loved to laugh.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her father, Bill Highlander and ex-husband and friend, Monty Lee Hill. She is survived by her mother, Myrna Highlander of Kansas City; daughter, Natalie Short (RobbySofronski) of Kansas City; and her sisters Cherie Bell (Tom) of Waukee, Iowa, and Kathi Rice (Rusty) of Temple, Texas.
Rhonda was a believer in Jesus. She is truly loved and will be missed by her family and friends.