Former Juneau resident Rhoda Reynolds died May 26, 2008, in Lake Forest Park, Wash., after a year-long battle with lung cancer. She was 63.
Born in 1944 in Juneau to Percy and Harriette Reynolds, she attended Juneau schools and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1962.
In her early years, she worked at her parents' business, Percy's Café. She and her former husband worked within the fishing industry the majority of their life together. They moved to Washington in 1978, but she maintained her ties to Juneau throughout her life.
According to her family, quilting was her passion, and her life reflected that passion. She enjoyed the creative outlet that quilting afforded her and expressed her personality and love through the quilts she created and in the process, developed lifelong friends through her various quilting circles.
As a senior account manager for Martingale Co., she was their top sales producer and made immeasurable contributions to the process of creating many of the quilting books they publish. Some of her quilts have been published in quilting books that Martingale Co. produced.
Family members said she will be remembered as a courageous fighter who never gave up, a dedicated employee and a person with an optimistic attitude who will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Harriette Reynolds; and former husband of 31 years, Mike Lonergan.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Lonergan, of Lake Forest Park, Edward J. Lonergan and wife, Pillar, of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Michael Lonergan, of Edmonds, Wash.; grandchildren, Asheley, Edward and Galen Lonergan; sister, Ruth Blackwell and husband, Weldon, of Juneau; niece, Cassy Blackwell, of Juneau; and nephew, Keith Blackwell, of Missoula, Mont.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Wash. Burial was planned for Monroe, Wash., with her maternal Shannahan family.
The family can be reached at 18736 53rd Ave. N.E., Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.