Rhonda Ann Buckley
Amesbury MA - Rhonda Ann (Stephenson) Buckley, 58, passed away peacefully on Thursday September 26, 2019, at her home surrounded by those who loved her after her yearlong courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born May 18, 1961, in Lowell, Mass. to Harry and Doris (Pomerleau) Stephenson. A graduate of Dracut High as well the nursing program of Northern Essex Community College, Rhonda began her career in nursing before pursuing her lifelong dream and became a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways.
She was feisty as she was gentle, as forthright as she was tactful, as full of wonder as she was of wisdom. Her loyalty was fierce. Her love was unconditional. Once diagnosed with breast cancer, Rhonda never relented. She never complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook of an optimistic future, even thru countless chemotherapy treatments, x-rays, hospitalizations and pain. She was a fierce warrior to the very end.
An extraordinary wife, mother and friend, she was equally comfortable and skilled at swinging a hammer, digging up perennials, frosting a cake, or sewing curtains, Rhonda fearlessly embraced any and all challenges life had to offer. She was especially proud of her gardens and her hand made flower boxes, being sure they were decorated appropriately for each season. She enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was racing down the slopes of Sunday River, riding horses in the Canyon de Chelly with the Navajo, or snorkeling on the beaches of Aruba. But mostly she cherished the quiet times relaxing around the backyard pool with family and friends. She considered her greatest accomplishment to be her three wonderful sons.
Rhonda is survived by her husband of 36 years, Bernie; sons Cory and partner Allie, Ryan and wife Amanda, Matthew and wife Jessica, grandson Liam, grand dog Finn, mother Doris Stephenson, and brothers Steve Stephenson and wife Wendy, Arthur Stephenson and wife Susan, and her beloved chocolate lab Tank, and many relatives and friends.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Family, friends and others whose lives Rhonda has touched are invited to kindly join us for a celebration of a life well lived on Sunday October 27, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sylvan Street Grill, Salisbury MA.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, www.bhcrf.org, or your local animal shelter.
Published on October 14, 2019


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Cathy Zappala
Nov 05, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the good Lord ease your pain...knowing that we will all see each other again.
Terrence Ryan
Oct 23, 2019
I met Rhonda and instantly found a special friend. You learned a lot about Rhonda as she shared her life with you as well as whatever treats she brought to work. We laughed many of times and I always wanted to be at her house for Thanksgiving. She stated she loved the holidays as much as she loved her family. She spoke often of her family and her home. Rhonda was a talker, and I loved that about her. I am very saddened by her leaving us, but I had the pleasure of knowing her and will always carry fond memories. She in on a new journey, and I will see her again. My heart goes out to the family, just know she was adored by many of us, and she left a lasting impression. You loved her when you m...et her, rare, she was one in a million.Read more
Kathy Titus
Oct 23, 2019
My wonderful friend, you are in my thoughts daily, so many memories... i miss you.. this song reminded me of you..may the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you.. and the pure light within you guide your way on... guide your way on... farewell my beautiful strong kind creative loyal friend thank you for these memories i will cherish them forever
Jane Hernon
Oct 18, 2019
May God open his arms wide as he welcomes you into heaven to be with Him, your earthly father, and all of your relatives who have gone before you.
Rest in peace Rhonda.
Brenda Barlow
Oct 15, 2019
Rhonda was my wonderful, smart, beautiful cousin whom we will all greatly miss. Bernie wrote an amazing obituary that captured everything about Rhonda and even more. There was no end to her talent and thoughtfulness. When she was a toddler our family used to "kidnap" her for an overnight because she was so cute and even at two years old, was very determined and had a mind of her own which was evident throughout her life and especially the past year.
To Rhonda's family, words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. May you find comfort in being with each other remembering Rhonda.
Margaret Hamilton
Oct 14, 2019
Rhonda was a beacon of Hope. She was always supportive and kind to those who's path she crossed. She was very wise about everything in this journey called life. I will miss our Sunday morning greeting and chats. Thank you for sharing your soul with this world. Our deepest sympathy to her husband Bernie and her beloved sons.
Sandra Kaye Murr (John Murr)
Oct 13, 2019
Such a lovely person, you loved fiercely, and was loved in return. John Murr is there welcoming you, please send a message.
Stephen Stephenson
Oct 13, 2019
My sister always made me feel special, she was the Best. We are all so lucky to have had her in our lives and I will miss her forever.
Janet Richards
Oct 13, 2019
Rhonda was such a pleasure to fly with and you captured all of the memories I have of her and the things she loved, so beautifully in her obituary. And she could make a mean biscotti and always brought enough to share! At your time of sorrow please be comforted by the lives she touched and the memories of her we cherish.