Rhonda Mylinn Burnett Foley, 58, of Ashburn, VA, went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2015, surrounded in love at The Alder Center in Aldie, VA, after a miraculous 10 month journey with cancer.
Rhonda was born in Berea, Ohio and is survived by her best friend and husband David, and their son, John David, who is the joy of their life; parents William (Red) and Audrey Burnett of Fancy Gap, VA; Brother Alan and wife Donna Burnett of Montgomery, AL; Sister Michelle and husband Tim Hoffman of Mocksville, NC; Father-in-law Richard and wife Helen Foley of Gerrardstown, WV; Brother-in-law Michael and wife Kathy Foley of Winchester, VA; Sister-in-law Linda and husband Randy Heavner, of Gerrardstown, WV; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents George and Foy Wright Arnold and paternal grandparents Burton and Agnes Gallemore Burnett.
Rhonda graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1975 and received her BS in Health and Physical Education (K-12) with an endorsement in Driver’s Education from Radford University in 1979. She earned her 5th year CLAD Degree from The College of Notre Dame in 1996 while living in CA, and her Master’s in Education in ESOL and International Studies from Marymount University in 2006.
A lifelong educator, Rhonda touched the lives of thousands of children as a teacher and preschool director and finally as a much loved and devoted Kindergarten teacher at Liberty Elementary. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her positive attitude, her hugs, unconditional love for children, and as the world’s best cheerleader!
Rhonda brought a bright ray of sunshine in the lives of everyone around her and made the world a brighter place.
There will be a huge void in the hearts of her family members, students and many cherished friends.
A “Celebration of Life” Service will take place on June 20, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr., Ashburn, VA, where Rhonda and her family have attended for 15 years. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:15 before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital @ 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.