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Rhonda Phillips


September 10, 2019

Rhonda Phillips

November 25, 1964 - September 06, 2019

Rhonda Phillips, age 54, of White Bear Lake, MN, died on Friday, Sept 6, 2019 at her home.

Rhonda Ann Porter was born November 25, 1964, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Leonard and Lynette (Burnette) Porter. At a young age, Rhonda lived with her aunt and uncle, Pat and Adeline Porter near Bemidji, MN. Following her graduation from Coon Rapids High School, Rhonda made her home in the Coon Rapids area where she worked various jobs. She met the love of her life, Tim Phillips and they were united in marriage on August 25, 1984. The couple made their home in the suburbs of the Minneapolis, MN, area and were blessed with two children, Derek and Jacqueline. Rhonda lovingly looked after their children and tended to the daily household chores. Recently, Tim and Rhonda had moved into their dream home in White Bear Lake.

Rhonda loved all animals and spending time with family, which included her pets. She enjoyed taking her dog on walks. Other hobbies included shopping for hours at a time, traveling to new and different places and simply wandering around taking in the beauty of nature and the things around her. Rhonda also enjoyed writing and had aspirations of writing a children’s book. She would often leave little notes, thoughts and terms of endearments on post it notes or cards for her family, which now have become treasured memories. Although gone from this life to soon, Rhonda will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Rhonda is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tim, of White Bear Lake; son, Derek (Yulea Fadum) Phillips and daughter, Jacqueline Phillips both of Ely, MN; three grandchildren: Emilie, Lydia and Lysander; two brothers, Brian Porter of Blaine, MN, Wayne Porter of Duluth, MN; two sisters, Patty Jo Porter and Tracy Porter both of Mahnomen, MN; father-in-law, John Phillips, of Coon Rapids, MN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leonard Porter Jr. and mother-in-law, Barbara Phillips.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019 at the Rice Lake Community Center, in Rice Lake Village, MN. Burial will be in Pine Bend Cemetery.


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