Rhonda Skenes Simmons

July 15, 1956 - February 1, 2017

07/15/1956 - 02/01/2017

Past Services

Monday February 06, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions
Tuesday February 07, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions

On Tuesday, February 1st, Rhonda Skenes Simmons of Norfolk lost her battle with cancer. She passed in the early morning hours surrounded by the love and presence of her family.
Rhonda was born July 15th 1956, the oldest child of Charlotte Akers (Gaskill). She attended Booker T. Washington High School and went on to obtain her cosmetology license. She worked for almost 40 years as a beautician. For the past several years, she had also been working as a companion to the sick and elderly. She formed many lasting bonds throughout the years with the women she worked with and the clients she loved.
The true loves of her life were her children, grandchildren, and her close knit but very large family. Her favorite things to do were to spend time with her grandchildren and have her painted toes in the sand at the beach. Rhonda will be remembered for many reasons. Her personality drew people to her. She had a smile so bright that would reach her sparkling blue eyes. Her heart was giving and she would quickly make you feel like family. She was truly beautiful on both the inside and the out.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte; and her nephew, Jonathan (Chris) Casey.
Mourning the loss of her are her children, Heather Esquerra (Jeff), Jena and Logan Simmons; The fathers of her children, William (Billy) Sutton and Leif Ray Simmons; her grandchildren, Ethan, Ava, Arrielle, Keegan, Korali, and one not yet born that she will never get a chance to meet; her brothers, Robert Skenes and Jeff Smith; sisters, Donna Skenes, Francis Koonce (Gary), and Sheryl Wilson; devoted family members, James and Charlotte Casey, Karen and Neil Lynch, Donna Walikangas, as well as beloved aunt Hazel Casey. Also grieving are many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
A celebration of her life will take place Tuesday, February 7th at 2 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave. Virginia Beach, VA 23451. The family will receive visitors Monday, February 6th from 6 to 8 pm.

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Jason Bailey
7 years ago

You were such a good hearted person n great with kids . Im thankful for the yrs we spent together n u were still a great friend after we broke up . I love u some much Rhonda n i miss u so much . You also gave me another family cuz ur family r family to me. I’ll see u again one day Rhonda wen my time comes so im not saying goodbye ill c u later Rhonda i love u n will miss u more than ull ever kno.

Cheryl Goodwin
7 years ago

I had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda about four year ago when she came to work for me . Even though I only knew her short time of her life .She was alway a caring person. Rhonda will truly be missed by myself, co-workers and her customers .My heart goes out to family .

7 years ago


Hope Smith Bateman
7 years ago

I have been best friends with Rhonda’s sister, Donna, since the 4th grade. We always enjoyed sharing stories about our older Sisters. Rhonda was always a joy to be around. I know she loved her children, grand children and entire family. She will be missed greatly. My deepest condolences to the Family.

Ali's Cerrahyan
7 years ago

I worked with Rhonda about thirty a six years ago. I’ve always admired her sweet and kind heart that wanted to paint a smile on everyone’s face. She will never be forgotten. My condolences to her family…

7 years ago

Condolences and blessings to family and friends of Rhonda..Sorry for the loss of a great person.

Sandi Felland
7 years ago

I have known Rhonda for about 15 years. I had the honor of sharing a granddaughter (Arrielle) with her. I will always have fond memories of all the birthday parties, Easter egg hunts, cook-outs etc. The year she dressed up like a Princess to make Arrielle’s party
special. Arrielle would be so excited to tell me she was going to “hang out” with NaNa.
RIP Rhonda.

Rebecca Thomas
7 years ago

I will miss your smile and your friendship.

Myra Hankins Smith
7 years ago

I have known Rhonda for over 40 years. Aunt Hazel would always take us to the beach at ocean view were we laugh, ate and used Hazel SPECIAL sun tan lotion to see who could get the darkest. Rhonda loved the beach ,the sun, the sand .the smell she always seemed like she was at peace there. RIP Rhonda❤️

nina wooldridge
7 years ago

we have known each other for 40 years we have so many memories that it would be hard to list them all. i love you and will miss you so much