Rhonda Lee Coughren

09/14/1960 — 08/17/2023

Celebration of Life

Sat, September 2, 2023, 3:00 pm
8543 West Yellowstone Ave, Kennewick WA 99336

Rhonda Lee Coughren

Rhonda Lee Coughren, 62 of Richland WA passed away on August 17th, 2023 after a long battle with diabetes and kidney disease.


She was born September 14th, 1960 in Missoula Montana to Barbara Fox and Gordon Coughren. She graduated from Richland High School in 1979, which is also where she met her daughter’s father Darris Piggee as well as her best friend Kelly McClendon.

While she worked many jobs throughout her life, including at a Wendy’s in Vegas where she met Gladys Knight (who was adding to her E.T Cup Collection). Most recently she had been an HP at Perma Fix for many years. But by far her greatest job was being a Mother and Nana (grandmother).


Rhonda loved the ocean and the beach and sea turtles. She really, really loved sea turtles, so much that her wish was to have her remains incorporated into an artificial reef so that she could forever be with them. Her love for turtles could also be seen in her home décor, jewelry and body art.


She also loved music (70’s funk, R&B, Rap) and dancing (she had some moves!) as well as anything and everything pasta, and chicken pot pie.


Rhonda is survived by her daughter Makisha Malave, Son-in-Law Edilberto Malave, grandchildren Mealani, Leilana and Nina Malave, Mother Barbara Fox, Father Gordon Coughren, Brother Kevin Coughren and husband John, Brother Andrew Coughren, Big Sister Laraine and Husband Gerold McHenry, Brother Eric Young and wife Patty, along with several Nieces and Nephews as well as a host of cousins and friends.


Rhonda (C-witch / Anna Mae) was beautiful, smart, kind, and a talented artist that hated white walls and loved the sun.


My mother loved me to the moon and back just as I love her, she may have loved her grandchildren even more. She also loved Terrance and Taejon Townsend whom she considered her children.


Rhonda was preceded in death by Marvin Coughren, Donald Coughren, and Bob and Louella Piggee. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. The pain of losing her will never go away, but the love and memories will forever stay in our hearts…. I love you mommy, until we meet again.

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  • May you rest in quiet slumber Rhonda. I will always remember your laugh and the antics of long ago days at Trend College. Your lasting impression will be cherished, and missed, by many. Love always.

    Lisa Stump
    September 15, 2023
  • Rhonda was a customer of ours for years at our tanning salon. Always had great conversations with her. Sad to see she has passed but lovely to see how loved she is.

    Stephanie Clifford
    September 8, 2023
  • My heart hurts for all of you with the loss of Rhonda. I was always so happy to see her and her mom walking in the neighborhood! They always seemed eager to stop and say hello, and share a few minutes of conversation with me. May all your loving memories sustain you during this difficult time! Consider each of you hugged! Love, Lori Landsman-Craig.

    Lori Landsman-Craig
    September 5, 2023
    Richlan, WA
  • My cousin Rhonda,
    Sending prayers to your family and friends. The times that we talked , I will miss and will remember.
    Knowing you loved sea turtles, I loved sea horses, something we both loved! You will be missed !
    Love , your cousin
    Tina Coughren Green

    Tina Green
    September 5, 2023
    Amarillo, Tx
  • Rest in peace Rhonda. You were a great friend to many, especially to my sister Kelly. You will be missed by many. I will pray for your beautiful daughter Makisha and granddaughters that they will find peace in knowing you no longer suffer.

    September 3, 2023
  • Sending love and prayers to the family. I’ve known Rhonda since I was a teenager she was nothing but love.

    August 31, 2023
  • You were the best nana anyone could have asked for. You had the most kind soul and beautiful heart I love you so much. Until we meet again nana

    Leilana Malave
    August 30, 2023
    Navarre Florida
  • I am so sorry to hear of Rhonda’s passing. My memories of her as a classmate are all the you speak of. She was so kind & thoughtful. Sending my condolences for your profound loss. What a beautiful daughter you are, Makisha, & a lovely tribute to your Mama..

    Kathy Wheat
    August 30, 2023
    Seattle, WA
  • Rhonda left an indelible impression upon me that was profoundly gentle and unforgettable.

    Richard Jamerson
    August 29, 2023
  • Dear Makisha & Family. My heart goes out to you all. I’ll never, ever forget how generous Rhonda was by letting me stay with her during the Summer after I moved to Seattle. I will always cherish these memories because they were some of the best Summers ever. Rest easy Rhonda. 💕

    August 29, 2023
  • My Heart felt Sympathy RIP Rhonda🙏🏾🌹

    Patricia Andrews Penn
    August 29, 2023
    Los Angeles California
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