Rhonda J. Mudge
SOUTH CUMBERLAND - Rhonda Jane (Fleming) Mudge passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019, at her home, 101 Oak St., after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She had been under the capable and compassionate care of Drs. Anupama Khandare and Qamar Zaman in Cumberland and Dr. Douglas Gladstone at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She was aged 53 years, 4 months, and 23 days.
Born May 22nd, 1966, in Chambersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of Ronald H. Fleming and Brenda R. (Umbrell) Fleming of Orrstown, Pa. As a child, her family lived in Bloserville. From 1973 until she left for college in 1988, she lived with her family at 5274 White Church Road, Chambersburg.
She was a graduate of Chambersburg Area High School, Class of 1984. After high school, she held jobs at Gaumers and then Fashion Lane in Chambersburg. She earned her B.S. degree from Huntington College, Huntington, Ind., in 1992.
She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Brethren Church, Chambersburg, from 1977 until 1994, where, as a teenager, she was active in competitive Bible quizzing. She was a pastor's wife at Crellin United Brethren in Christ in Garrett County, from 1994 to 2001, and then she helped her husband establish a new United Brethren congregation in Cumberland, Bethany House of the Lord, serving all three as pianist. She also had a private ministry of mentoring young women. In 1992 and 1993, she served with the U.B. Missions Board in the (then) Portuguese colony of Macau in East Asia, near Hong Kong, teaching "English As A Second Language" and helping with the newly-planted congregation, Living Water United Brethren in Christ.
She enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, reading, camping, hiking, gardening, attending concerts, and genealogy. She held memberships in the Kittochtinny Historical Society of Franklin County, Pennsylvania; Woodmen of the World, chapter 6, in Cumberland; and the Union Grove Campmeeting Association of Allegany County. She invested much time in working with her husband to restore their 1901 house. Her main involvement in the larger community was with the Fort Hill High School Band Parents' Association; she worked in the Greenway Avenue concessions stand since 2009, and from 2012 to 2019 she was in charge of fitting, mending, and organizing the 65 band uniforms and earning the nick-name of "Mamma Mudge" from the students. She was elected to the board of directors each year since 2011 and was still in office, and the concessions stand was closed the evening of her death as a tribute. More than anything, though, she was devoted to her family, home-schooling her children through eighth grade. She gave new meaning to the much-maligned term "home-maker." Her life motto, inspired by Romans 1:1, was "Rhonda, a child of God, called to serve Christ as a mother." Of her it is true: "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her" and "a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised" [Proverbs 31:28,30].
Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Michael Allen Mudge, whom she married on May 7th, 1994. Her greatest accomplishment in life and her best legacy for the future are their five children, Michael Andrew Mudge, Anna Rachel Mudge, Elizabeth Chloe Mudge, Jeremiah Thomas Mudge, and Lydia Abigail Mudge, all at home. She is also survived by two brothers, Rick L. Fleming and wife, Jackie, of Shippensburg, Pa. and Brian K. Fleming and wife, Margo, of Saint Thomas, Pa.; her mother-in-law, Dollie M. (Rice) Mudge, of Cumberland; one brother-in-law, Jerry Mudge and wife, Debbie, of Falling Water, W.Va.; a number of nephews and nieces; and seven pair of aunts and uncles, and fourteen first cousins.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., on Friday, Oct. 25th, from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
The Service of Christian Burial will be conducted at Scarpelli Funeral Home at 11 on Saturday, Oct. 26th, officiated by Rev. Dr. Anthony Blair, President of Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, Pa., and Pastor Michael Dean of Winchester, Va.
Serving as pallbearers will be her sons and brothers; and leaders of Bethany House of the Lord: elders Steve Bennett, Randy Chaney, and Bill Patch, and deacon James "Hum" Niland.
Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland, with the committal service conducted by U.B. Bishop Todd Fetters and UBGlobal Director Jeff Bleijerveld, both of Huntington.
The suddenness of her death on the day her treatments ended shows that for the last year her life was dependent on regular blood transfusions. She knew she was living on borrowed time. By God's grace, she was able to experience many happy milestone family events - watching Michael develop his leadership skills and seeing Elizabeth get her first job last fall, gathering with extended family in March at Disney World to see Jeremiah as the Drum Major lead the parade, laughing in April at Jeremiah and Lydia in the school play, traveling to Indiana in May to celebrate Anna's college graduation, seeing Jeremiah graduate from Fort Hill, marking their 25th consecutive year spending Memorial Day weekend at Rhodes Grove Family Camp, enjoying the best-ever family vacation in July at Williamsburg, and having a nice get-away to Alexandria in August with her husband. Through this time, the life of her body was dependent on other people's blood - she never knew their names. She lived her life to proclaim to the world that our eternal spirit depends on the blood of Someone else - His name is Jesus. She was blessed to know Him. She is blessed to be with Him now. "Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" [Philippians 1:18-21]
Published on October 19, 2019

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Kathy Ternent
Oct 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. I was one of the labor delivery nurses that became acquainted with your lovely family through assisting with deliveries of some of your children. I may have even taught your childbirth classes. I want you to know how deeply sorry I am for this loss of such a wonderful woman . She will be so missed. I am
praying for your family. God bless and take care.
Oct 24, 2019
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Oct 22, 2019
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Linda Hockenberry
Oct 21, 2019
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Rev. Sandra Firth
Oct 21, 2019
God shall supply all your needs. Good UBC memories. Sandra Firth Clarksburg WV
Brenda Michael
Oct 20, 2019
Such a beautiful lady in every way. She was a wonderful example of what a true Christian is. She has run her race and kept the faith and now is enjoying her reward. We will meet again. God Bless you Michael and your children. May He give you His Peace and Comfort.
Luther & Connie Wilson
Oct 20, 2019
We remember the time when Rhonda and Michael assisted us after the Oakland Fire. We send our prayers and condolences to her family. He will be miss greatly by all of us.
Tara Baughman
Oct 20, 2019
Rhonda was such an amazing person, I met her my freshmen year at Huntington, she was so friendly and happy, it was wonderful to be around her. She had a wonderful life and is now with her Heavenly Father, prayers to her family for comfort in this difficult time.
Barbara Perdew Davis
Oct 20, 2019
So sorry for your loss of a wonderful wife and mother. Our entire family sends you love and condolences. Bless and love