Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 6, 2013

Nunley was 'motivator' of Greenup Habitat

Tim Preston
The Independent

SOUTH SHORE — Rhonda Nunley will be remembered as a motivating force who worked tirelessly on behalf of Greenup County Habitat for Humanity.

“She was motivated — motivated to help people. That was reflected in everything did,” said former Habitat for Humanity board member Bud Matheny. “Habitat was her undying love.”

Matheny said Nunley, along with Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter, was instrumental during the formation and early days of Greenup’s Habitat organization.

“When I joined, she was doing all the paperwork and getting the processing done,” Matheny said, recalling her dedication to the effort before also acknowledging her efforts to help organize a benefit cruise-in event as well as serving as the organization’s voice.

“She was great on the radio. She’s going to be missed, I can tell you that,” he said, adding he may renew his efforts as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer as a way of honoring Nunley’s legacy.

Mike Garlinger, who serves on the Greenup Habitat construction board, said the organization seemed to motivate Nunley after her diagnosis with breast cancer several years ago.

“It really became a passion for her to keep the Habitat chapter alive and moving forward. Even when she got sicker, she never stopped following up on leads about families or building materials,” Garlinger said, adding Nunley participated in a breast-cancer walk just days before her illness became more advanced.

“Without her enthusiasm and commitment and abilities, I don’t know where our organization would be,” he said.

Nunley asked friends and supporters to make contributions to the local Habitat group in lieu of sending flowers for her funeral. An account has been established to receive contributions in Nunley’s memory at: Rhonda Nunley Account, Community Trust Bank, Box 671, Ashland KY 41105-0671; attn: Suzan Gunter.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.