Rhonda Sue Galyardt, 60, of Paso Robles, Calif., was called home by our Father in Heaven on Monday, June 17, 2019. Rhonda was born in Knob Noster, Mo., Whiteman Air Force Base, on Aug. 21, 1958, where her "Daddy" was stationed. She made San Luis Obispo County home when her family moved here from Idaho in 1976, after her graduation from high school in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Rhonda gave birth to her son, Jeremy Joyce on Nov. 21, 1985. He was her pride and joy. She always said, "I just love that boy!" This didn't mean that she was easy on him. Rhonda stuck by Jeremy's side throughout his various surgeries and complications that he had to deal with.
Rhonda married Brian Galyardt on Oct. 3, 1998. Rhonda and Brian's first date was on the golf course and she loved to tell the story that the reason Brian married her was that he couldn't beat her at golf, therefore making her his golf partner for life. Rhonda and Brian were married one year exactly from that first date. From there, they spent weekends and vacations playing golf all over the country, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada. Rhonda also loved to play golf with her many girlfriends at Chalk Mountain, Paso Golf Club and various traveling teams. Her trophy case is full to prove how good she was. She had three holes in one, two of them were eight days apart. Rhonda was also an excellent Restaurant and Bar Manager.
She did this for many years until she was diagnosed with her lung disease "IPF". This started her battle with this horrible disease, to which she gave a valiant fight. It certainly didn't slow her down much. She still managed to play golf two to three times a week over the last five-plus years. Rhonda had a special gift of compassion and wit that made all who met her, love her. Rhonda's other passion was cooking, and she was excellent at it. She loved hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas for her family. She also loved having her mom over for dinner many times every week.
Rhonda is survived by her husband, Brian Galyardt, son Jeremy Joyce and mom, Denice Wharton of Paso Robles. She also leaves sisters, Deborah Wharton of SLO, Diana Kudla (Paul) of Paso Robles, brother Rodney Wharton (Deb) of Idaho and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her "Daddy", Michael Wharton (2007) who owned Rainbow Auto Repair in Atascadero.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Rd., Paso Robles.
In Lieu of Flowers the family request to please donate in Rhonda’s honor to: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL, 60611. pulmonaryfibrosis.org.