Ronda Todd put faith first


Ronda Todd, 59, of Pierre, passed away April 23, 2013, at home surrounded by her family.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at New Life Assembly of God Church in Pierre.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.
Ronda Lou was born to Richard and Lois (Hutchison) Warner in Alva, Okla., joining one sister and two brothers with a younger brother to follow two years later. In 1958 the Warners moved to a ranch north of Reliance and Ronda attended grade school at a country school, attended two years of high school in Reliance, graduated high school from Sunshine Bible Academy south of Miller, attended one year of college on Mackinac Island Michigan, earned an undergraduate degree from Southern California College in Costa Mesa, Calif., and a graduate degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Ronda accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior as a young girl and because of her faith sought ways to serve the Lord – through Christian education, spending summers on missions trips, participating and leading Bible studies, teaching Sunday School and children’s Bible groups, and probably most importantly by studying God’s word so her life took on the character of Christ, even in the times of medical challenges. Many benefited from her commitment to the Lord, but none as much as her family and close friends.
In 1976, the year Ronda graduated from Southern California College, her parents moved to a farm in Sully County and it was during the summer and fall of 1976 while spending time with her parents that she met Dan Todd, where a friendship developed that led to best friends, marriage in 1979 and a lifelong companionship. Married life included experiences in the Denver, Colo., area where Ronda worked for a Christian counseling center, Vermillion where she worked for Lutheran Social Services in a children’s residential facility, Mobridge where she worked part-time for Lutheran Social Services as a marriage and family counselor and finally in Pierre, where she was able to spend more time with her parents.
Ronda and Dan became the proud parents of Amanda in 1984 while they lived in Vermillion and Owen in 1985 shortly after Ronda and Dan moved to Mobridge. Ronda’s family was second only to her relationship with the Lord. Her part-time work schedules always accommodated her family allowing her to participate in their education, school activities and even home schooling for several years. In later years of more disability, she still focused on family needs, including the aging needs of her parents and a recently-born granddaughter.
Ronda struggled with a spinal tumor for over 20 years that migrated into brain tumors. She lost the physical battle with these tumors on April 23, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Dan; daughter, Amanda Schmeichel, son-in-law Josh and granddaughter Raya of Colstrip, Mont.; son, Owen of Pierre; parents, Richard and Lois Warner of Pierre; sister, Reta and husband Dick Harkins of Ekalaka, Mont.; brother, Kirby and wife Aimee of Riverton, Utah; brother, Joe and wife Barb of Onida; brother, Dow and wife Cindee of Pierre; many nieces and nephews; and best friends, Marcia Berg, Kim Gisi and Glenda Palmer.
Many will miss her – those that believe in the Lord will meet her again.
Memorials will be donated to Sunshine Bible Academy.

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