The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Obituaries

November 17, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Rhonda Dorene Greene Belcher

SHERMAN, Texas — Rhonda Dorene Belcher, age 56, of Sherman, departed this life on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, after suffering a long and detrimental illness.

She was born to the late John E. Greene and Mary E. Hatcher Greene on March 28, 1957.

Rhonda attended Mabscott Elementary School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1975. She was one of the very first Candy Stripers to work at the Beckley Hospital; this is where her passion for others became evident.

She attended Beckley College to start her career as a nurse, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and continue that passion, but she did not complete this venue as her heart could not handle the suffering and pain she witnessed daily. Rhonda worked in several department stores in the Beckley area before she took a job working at the West Virginia Turnpike; this is where she met her soul mate David Belcher.

She attended the MacArthur Church of God where she later was married and also gave her life to God.

Family and friends were Rhonda’s joy and delight. She loved to host and entertain; she frequently hosted special holiday parties at her home in Sherman, Texas. She enjoyed her time in Texas and made many lifelong friends there.

Rhonda was a Sunday school teacher for many years in her two daughters’ younger years, and then also became their Girl Scout leader for several years. She eventually returned back to her first passion of helping others and went to work at a gynecologist’s office; Dr. Bertran and his team became a second family to Rhonda for eleven years.

Rhonda never lost her love for West Virginia and after twenty-seven years in Texas she and Dave moved back to the hills of West Virginia, but for only a short while; her desire to return home to West Virginia did not compare to her wanting to be near her beautiful daughters and a new grandson (the light of her life) ... so Texas won out again.

She was very active and loved being outdoors; her love for animals almost exceeded her love for people; she carried dog and cat food in her car for strays she would meet along her path, or for animals she thought just needed a little more.

Fall was her favorite season and she would always ask for pictures of the turning leaves; this is what she said she missed the most about leaving West Virginia … the changing seasons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin brothers Ronald and Donald Greene, grandparents Arnold and Flora Hatcher, grandparents Azel and Dora Greene, nephew Eddie Lee Hampton Jr., uncles Arnold Hatcher Jr. and James Hatcher, Carson Greene, Paris Greene, Homer Greene, aunts Nellie Griffith, Bertha McBride, Ethel Fitzwater.

Rhonda is survived by her husband David Belcher (Texas), daughter Larissa Mellnick, her wife Jenny (Texas), daughter Tara Davis, her husband Landon (Texas), her grandson Luke Mellnick (Texas), sister Ann Hampton, her husband Eddie (West Virginia), sister Drema Pauley (Texas), mother-in-law Louise Belcher (West Virginia), sister-in-law Bonnie Fox, her husband Denny (West Virginia), brother-in-law Russell, his wife Pat (Tenn.), niece Kimberly Hampton Collins, her husband Billy (North Carolina), niece Jennifer Pauley (Texas), great-niece Gavin Olivia Hampton Staton, great-niece Mason Isabella Hampton Staton (NC), Aunt Beulah Farley (West Virginia), Uncle Bobby Hatcher, his wife Margie (Virginia), Uncle William Hatcher, his wife Margaret (Virginia), Uncle Joseph Howard Greene, his wife Ardis (West Virginia) many cousins who were like brothers and sisters to her, and she also leaves behind many, many friends.

Rhonda requested a small memorial service to be held in Texas for family and her close friends, and also one in West Virginia at a later date for extended family, to spread her ashes in the hills she loved.

The family wishes to thank all of those who made donations in her memory to help with overwhelming and unexpected lifesaving efforts; her wish was to donate her body to save others.

The Texas service was held at Northpointe Assembly of God in Plano, Texas. The date and details for the service to be held in West Virginia will be shared at a later time.

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