Western Slope Obituaries 8-3-09
Rhonda Lynn Perich, 57, of Fruita, Colo., passed away on July 21, 2009 at home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Pensacola, Fla., on December 10, 1951 to James R. Pickard and Shirley Iris Pickard Coffey. She was the oldest of three children. Rhonda grew up in a U.S. Navy family and lived all over the United States as well as French Morocco. She had been a resident in Mesa County for 27 years.
Rhonda graduated from Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, Calif. She was married to Robert Lenson; they later divorced. Rhonda married Les Perich on June 20, 1981 in San Diego, Calif. Les and Rhonda moved to the Grand Valley in 1982 to raise their family.
Rhonda had a deep love for life. She was a faithful wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend to many. She had a deep love for God through her relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. The passion of Rhonda’s life was raising children. After her five daughters were raised, Rhonda become a mother to foster children and later adopted four of those children to raise as her own.
She was involved in the Mesa County 4-H program while raising her children, rode with the Frontier Belles Side Saddle Club and also mentored moms through MOPS. All of her life she had a deep love for all kinds of animals.
She is survived by her husband, Les Perich of Fruita, Colo.; her nine children and their families, Erica (Dan)Waalkes and children, Josh, Beth, and Andrea; Acacia (Paul) Prather and children, Zach, Audrey, Gabriel, Eli, Shelby, and Tierney; Michele (Jim) Bowens and children, Derek and Danielle; Megan (Kyle) Barnard and children, Ally, Cole, and Ethan; Hannah (Troy) Polson and children, Zanye, Zoey, and another Polson baby arriving in February; Anna Perich, Reuben Perich, Marcus Perich, and Chloe Perich; her father, James R Pickard, mother, Shirley I. Coffey, sister, Joanne Gordon and family, and brother, Jim R. Pickard and family.
Services were held on July 28, 2009 at the Canyon View Vineyard Chapel.
Burial took place in the Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the MOPS Ministry of Canyon View Vineyard, 736 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, Colo., 81505, as well as the building fund at First Assembly of God Church, 402 Grand Avenue, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.