1950 - 2013
Rhonda Slavkovsky died peacefully at home in the presence of her family on January 17th after a nearly four year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born March 29, 1950 in Corvallis to Howard and Emily (Peterson) Irvin. She grew up in Corvallis, spent time in Portland and then raised her family in Bend, after marrying Ed Slavkovsky in 1975. The family moved to Eugene in 1994.
Rhonda worked in a Bakery, a Doctor's office, a nursing home, the unemployment office and the shrinky-dink factory in Portland. She worked for Fuqua homes, cleaned motel rooms, cocktail waitressed at the Copper Room and did nails at a men's salon in Bend. In Eugene, she worked at Lone Pine Farms, Bi Mart and managed the restaurant at Diablo's Downtown Lounge for nine years.
She kept a clean cozy home. She was exceptionally neat and always had a bag of something in her trunk going to St. Vinnie's or Goodwill. She ironed her t-shirts and made the perfect bed. She bought Christmas presents annually for single moms and their children at the Eugene Mission. She loved buying Christmas ornaments for immediate family each year and was the perfect party planner, making birthday and holiday dinners special for decades. An excellent cook, she believed in eating at the dinner table, with placemats, cloth napkins, matching silverware and manners.
She was a majorette in parades, at the age of three and took dance lessons for many years. She wanted to dance with the Rockettes and probably could have. She loved flowers and gardening. Rhonda enjoyed motorcycle riding, travel, photography, camping, fishing, bowling and softball. She could launch, drive and trailer a ski boat.
Always the girl, she dressed with class and style, carrying herself with elegance and grace. She wore minimal makeup and her shoes always matched. Her nails were manicured from the age of fifteen; her last professional appointment was to have her nails done.
Her family came first and she was proud of each member. She was Mom to anyone who needed a Mom and a friend to anyone who needed a friend. She was revered for her advice, love, hugs and quick sense of humor. She kept her word, didn't lie and kept secrets confidential.
She is survived by Ed, her husband of 37 years, children Troy Slavkovsky, Christina Slavkovsky, Stephanie (Jeff) Baker and Melysa (Mark) Manning, all of Eugene, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her sister Marsha Tipsword. She leaves behind five grandchildren, nine nieces and nephews, fourteen great-nieces and nephews and ten great-great nieces and nephews.
"I'm the lucky one," she said, "I got to say goodbye."
Her Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held on February 16th at Paradise Springs, Monroe, at 1:00PM. Memorial animal rescue contributions may be made to S.A.R.A.S Treasures, PO Box 41462, Eugene, OR. 97404.