Rhonda Vern Hamstreet, died in her home in Newport, after a hard-fought battle with melanoma. She was 68 years old. She was awesome. Born Dec. 18, 1946, in Corvallis to Leonard and Doris Anderson, she grew up in Toledo and graduated from Toledo High School in 1965. Rhonda went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State University. Rhonda lived, loved, worked, played and touched the lives of many folks in Newport for the last 45 plus years. Her years of hard work, dedication and generosity on the Embarcadero Marina, Port of Newport, Rotary, Performing Arts Center, Hospital Board, Oregon Coast Aquarium and her favorite, Lincoln County Master Gardener Association, literally helped build the city of Newport and make it what it is today.
Rhonda is survived by her children, Kari Mueller and Brent Hamstreet; adopted daughter, Michelle D’Agostino; brothers, Leonard and Rodney Anderson; son-in-law, Jeff Mueller; grandchildren, Emilie and Piper Mueller; and dog, Lily.
Rhonda was a world class, one-of-a-kind mother, grandmother “granny,” aunt, sister, friend and person. It must be said again, she was awesome! We were truly blessed to have had her in our lives. We will miss her.
There will be a ceremony celebrating Rhonda’s life held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to OSU Extension-Endowment Fund Master Gardeners, 1211 S.E. Bay Blvd., Newport, OR 97365, attn: Master Gardener Program Coordinator.