In the early hours of October 22nd, 2020, Rhonda passed away from natural causes in her sleep at her residence in Anaconda, Montana.
Rhonda was born on April 30th, 1957 in Phillipsburg, Montana to Joiner and Geraldine Mickey, the last of five children. Rhonda was raised a devout Catholic and attended St. Peter’s Catholic School and Anaconda Central High School. Once Anaconda Central closed her junior year, she graduated from Anaconda High School in 1975.
After high school, Rhonda attended MSU-Billings from 1975 until 1976 with hopes of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Later in life, she finished her education, graduating from Butte Vo-Tech in 1990 with a degree in Nursing.
Once Rhonda became a Licensed Practical Nurse, she worked 13 years at Montana State Hospital as a Mental Health Nurse, 1 year at the Montana State Prison in the infirmary, and a short stint as a Mental Health Nurse once again at Acadia/Rivendale in Butte, Montana for 6 months.
She was involved in a workplace accident which greatly changed the direction of her life. Due to injuries sustained in the acccident, she never returned to work as a Nurse again. This did not stop her from acting like a Nurse until the day she passed away. She always cared for anyone who she felt needed it.
Rhonda had a unique sense of humor that she shared with everyone, and performed random acts of kindness within the community of Anaconda up until her last breath. Even if it was her last piece of chocolate, she would share it with just about anybody. Her favorite snack was glazed hostess dohnuts, and it is quite possible that the Coca-Cola company will go out of business without her around. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, her great friend Mary, and most of all her sister Jeanne.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents, Joiner and Geraldine Mickey and her nephew Jamey “Mac” Mickey.
Rhonda is survived by her long time friend and the father of her children, Larry Hendrickson, her children and step-children, Kendra and Tim McAnally, Kelly and Mack Dittmer, Rhiley and Jessi Mickey, Hali and Bob Tracy, and her son Timothy Mickey.
Rhonda is also survived by her siblings Tom and Gaile Mickey, Tim and Crystal Mickey, Terry “Bugs” and Carol Mickey, and Jeanne and Dan Klima. Her Grandchildren and Grand Nieces and Nephews, Mattison McAnally, Ashton McAnally, Eli Dittmer, Landen Key, Brittyn Klima, Sophie McAnally, Payden Dittmer, Weston Klima and Nora McOmber, as well as 7 nieces and nephews.
The family would like to send special thanks and appreciation to Rhonda’s physician Dr. Vaughn Johnson of Deer Lodge, Montana, the Metcalf Center, and the local Meals on Wheels in Anaconda, Montana.
A private family service will be held at Holy Family Church this week, following the guidlines set in place by the CDC regarding gatherings during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
A celebration of life will be planned for this summer for anyone who would like to attend. There will be an announcement made to the public with ample time for all make plans and preparations if they would like to attend.
If anyone would like to send condolences or make a final personal comment to Rhonda and her family, please send them to Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services or post them on the company’s website at www.butterfuneralhome.com.
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