RONNA RACHELLE (Chambers) NESS passed from her worldly bonds to fly free as the beautiful dragonfly she adored on October 17, 2020 after enduring long battles with physical illness and a recent stroke from which she never fully recovered.
Ronna Rachelle Chambers was born on November 8, 1968 in McNary, Arizona to Ronald Ray Chambers (deceased) and survived by her mother, Sherry Anne Cosper Byars (Tom, deceased). She was her parents first born but was later joined and survived by her brother Russell Ray Chambers, her sisters; Brandi Chambers Sample and Reesa Robyn Ellsworth.
She attended most of her schooling in Show Low, Arizona and later went on to pursue a medical career from Rio Salado Community College, Northland Pioneer College and Pima Community College, and an Associate’s Degree from Carrington College, specializing as a medical lab technician/ lead in cardiovascular medicine. She worked briefly in that field until her health declined. Softball was one of her favorite sports to play where she was known for some homerun and powerful hits. She even played volleyball on occasion where it was laughingly noticed she was still trying to hit homeruns. Ronna loved painting and drawing and had a unique knack for yard and home decorating and lovingly decorated her home with antiques and vintage items always making her homes cozy, warm and welcoming. She loved to cook and was always trying new recipes. Crafting was something she always enjoyed and took a lot of pleasure giving her friends and family hand-made gifts on special occasions or sometimes just out of the blue. Ronna loved the western life style and even tried barrel racing a couple of times. Even though she didn’t continue, she was always supportive of her mother Sherry and sister Robbi can chasing and was their #1 fan. She was elected as secretary and arena director of Northern Arizona Barrel Racing Association and excelled at keeping the show rolling. Ronna volunteer at numerous events and was always willing to give a helping hand. She was known for her huge heart and infectious sense of humor. There were certainly struggles in her life and she tried her best to meet them head on never shirking her responsibility. You could count on her. She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a proud Republican.
Ronna married her first love Travis Smith and they lived mostly in Claysprings, Arizona where they shared their first real home together and started building their family. She is survived by their children, Chadlynn Clint Smith (Emily), Brittany Sherron Smith Akins (Tim), Ty Cameron Smith (Kelsey), Konis Victoria “Tori” Marie Smith (Eddie Chavez), Dakota Lane Smith (deceased), and Hunter LaRance Smith (Misti Schubel). She and Travis divorced and Ronna married her second love and is survived by Jonathan Ness. Also a stepson, Matthew Floyd. Ronna has numerous beloved Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews and many, many Cousins and some very special In-laws, current and former surviving her. She and Jon made their home outside of Snowflake, Arizona when she lived till her death. Her biggest pride was her grandchildren who survive her, Madison, Forrest, Pasliey, Taraliey, Jensen, Walker, Ruevyn, Wayne, Jordy and Alley and she made special times for them whenever health and time allowed. Not a one of them were not super special to her and she bragged about them all the time.
This sweet and beautiful girl with her infectious smile and colorful and witty sense of humor will be deeply and sorely missed by her husband, mother, brother, sisters, extended family; and especially her precious children and grandchildren. A huge hole in this family without doubt. May her precious soul find peace and direction in our Heavenly Fathers loving arms.
Funeral services will be held at the Centennial Chapel in Taylor, Arizona on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Viewing will be at 9:00 a.m. with services following at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery with a luncheon following for family and friends at the Centennial Chapel.
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