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RHEA HORNBECK


1923 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
RHEA HORNBECK Obituary
RHEA HORNBECK Rhea Ella Santilli Thompsen Hornbeck, age 91, of Boulder City, passed away Aug. 7, 2014. She was born July 14, 1923. in Salt Lake City, to Pete Paul Santilli and Della Bertha Hecker. Pete and Della separated and Rhea was raised by her mother and stepfather, Chris Thompsen. Rhea served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II (1943-1945) and was in the first group of uniformed Women Marines. July 11, 1949, Rhea married Bob Hornbeck in Los Angeles. He was a career officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and over the course of their marriage lived in 27 different homes while raising their four children. Rhea was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her great-grandmother was in a pioneer handcart company, Rhea was a proud member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. In her high school and college years, Rhea was a talented tap dancer and theater performer. She was a life-long student of art and loved to paint. In 1975, her husband retired they moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where she became very active in many musical theater productions while she also lead the Etude Women's Chorus for 20 years. Following their divorce in 1994, she moved to Las Vegas, bought a black sports car and continued performing in productions including Super Summer Theater at Red Rock Canyon. Even after age required her to slow down, she continue to lead the music in her church ward every Sunday until she was 86. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Bob Hornbeck; and stepbrother, Max Thompsen. Rhea is survived by her four children, Paula (Roger Jones) Goodwin-Jones of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Guy Hornbeck of Fremont, Calif., Neil (Lyne) Hornbeck of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Dirk Hornbeck of Phoenix; seven half- brothers and sisters; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Family and friends can sign the online memorial guestbook at www.BoulderCityFamilyMortuary.com
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