Rhonda Lynn (Hatten) Phillips, 41, passed away at Truman Medical Center on October 6, 2012. She was born July 19, 1971 to the union of Joe Lee Hatten and Ruby Lee (Swanson) Hatten, in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents, Joe and Ruby Hatten; paternal grandparents, Steward McLilly and Robert Hatten; maternal grandparents, George Swanson and Jessie Randal; brother Joe Lee Hatten, Jr.; uncles Joe Swanson and Ollie Swanson; aunts, Arzella Betts, Merline Henry, Georgia May and Mary Ann Swanson; nephew, Christopher Swanson; great niece, Brenda Swanson; father-in-law, James Phillips, Sr. and brother-in-law, James Phillips, Jr. all preceded her in death. Rhonda accepted Christ at a young age while attending Gospel Mission Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. B. Simpson. She was educated in the Kansas City Missouri School District and later attended Job Corps, acquiring her G.E.D. in June of 1995. She furthered her education at Penn Valley Community College, where she obtained certification as a Customer Service Representative in March of 1999. Rhonda’s next goal was to pursue her true passion of becoming a cosmetologist. She studied at the House of Heavilin Beauty College, where she received her license in September 2002. She enjoyed and was so good at creating hairstyles that she wanted to share her knowledge with others, so she went on to become a cosmetology instructor at House of Heavilin and was licensed in June of 2003. Rhonda was a loving mother and a devoted wife. She delivered her first child, Angela Denise in September of 1988 and her second, Reginald Laroy in August of 1990. She married the love of her life and father of her children, Fredrick Laroy Phillips on August 14, 2005, and have enjoyed twenty-five years of unity. Rhonda was an individual, a woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and above all a child of God. She had a hidden inner beauty, strength, courage and dignity about herself. She stood up to the tribulations of her life with honor and diversity while adapting, conquering and surviving any misfortune brought her way. Beneath her firm exterior was a really sensitive, loyal, dedicated and passionate person. Rhonda enjoyed listening to R&B music as well as gospel. She also loved watching plays and movies, a good home cooked meal and spending time with the younger children of the family. She leaves to mourn her homegoing and cherish her memory: her husband, Fredrick Phillips; children, Angie Phillips and Baby Roy Phillips; sisters, Callie Davenport (Leon) of Dallas, TX, Arzell Swanson and Cassandra Swanson; nephews, Antonio Swanson, Nathan Swanson, Robert Johnson (LaToya), Casey Johnson and Leon Davenport, Jr.; nieces, Stephanie Shannon (Freddie), Ebony Robinson (Dwaine), Asia Donato (Donald), LaShon Ellison (Terrell) of Houston, TX and LaKisha Cole (Dedrick); great nepews & nieces, Alize’, Ke’onna, Christopher, Shanice, Fred-Shana, Kyra Atkins, Kyriana, Katia, Robert Jr., Demarco, Deanthony, Demarion, Taylor, Trenton and Dylan; a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be next Friday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the chapel. Services conducted by Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Condolences may be shared on our website.
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the chapel
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors 9100 Blue Ridge Boulevard Kansas City, Missouri