OBITUARY

Lori Jeannine (Lantz) Rhodes

September 29, 1969July 21, 2020
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Lori Lantz Rhodes, age 50, passed away peacefully at her home on July 21, 2020.

She was born on September 29th, 1969 in Opelousas, Louisiana, and grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and met her husband, Keith Rhodes. The two married in 1991, had their first son, Zachary, in 1994 and their second, Benjamin, in 1996. In 2019, she lovingly claimed the title of “Lolli” with the birth of her grandson, Oliver.

Lori worked as an elementary school teacher for 19 years, where she found great love in teaching children to read. She sang beautifully in church choirs, in her kitchen, in the car, and anywhere else she could raise her voice in worship. Through all life’s struggles, she found encouragement and peace in worship. Lori Rhodes loved fiercely and abundantly, most especially her family, though her love extended to all the people she came across. She treated everyone with a great deal of kindness and hardly ever met a stranger, even if she was halfway across the country. One of Lori’s favorite places to be was the beach, stretched out in the sand with her toes in the waves, closely followed by the Dr. Seuss theme park at Universal Studios, Seuss Landing. Almost matching her passion for her family, friends, and students was her passion for dessert. Lori took great delight in savoring life’s sweet moments. Quick to laugh and even quicker to smile, her infectious joy and love were a reflection of the faith she had in Christ and will be carried on by all those who loved her.

She is preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Lantz, and her uncle, James Robert Jones. She is survived by her husband, Keith Rhodes; sons, Zachary (Lauren) and Benjamin Rhodes; grandson, Oliver Rhodes; mother, Glenda Lantz; brother, Jeff (Marjorie) Lantz; sisters, Sharon Anding, and Tressa (Derek) Ratchford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Services for Lori will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, officiated by Bryan Reed, of The Simple Church. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive guests on Saturday evening from 5-8 p.m.

Pallbearers include Eddie Merrill, Jeff Lantz, Kevin Rhodes, Derek Ratchford, Jay Hardy, and Marty Kent. Honorary pallbearers include her nephews.

Her family takes great comfort in knowing that Lori is now talking, singing, dancing, and laughing, completely healed at the feet of Jesus.

In lieu of flowers, Lori’s family asks that you donate books at http://www.tinyurl.com/LoriRhodesBookMemorial to Bossier Elementary and J.A. Phillips Elementary School to continue the work that she loved.

  • FAMILY

  • Kenneth Lantz, Father (deceased)
  • James Robert Jones, Uncle (deceased)
  • Keith Rhodes, Husband
  • Zachary Rhodes (Lauren), Son
  • Benjamin Rhodes, Son
  • Oliver Rhodes, Grandson
  • Glenda Lantz, Mother
  • Jeff Lantz (Marjorie), Brother
  • Sharon Anding, Sister
  • Tressa Ratchford (Derek), Sister
  • Lori is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Eddie Merrill
  • Jeff Lantz
  • Kevin Rhodes
  • Derek Ratchford
  • Jay Hardy
  • Marty Kent
  • Lori's Nephews, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

Memories

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Shirley Prunty

August 6, 2020

Beautiful Lori, so sweet and encouraging! She was a point of light that shined for too short a period of time. Now though, she is at rest in Jesus! Love and prayers for you and your family Keith!

Kathy Miller

August 5, 2020

We so enjoyed our time in Louisiana, your family helped to make it special. My heart goes out to your family. God will carry you through the coming days.

Meg Michael

July 26, 2020

Sharon, sending our love and prayers to you and family during this difficult time. May God’s love comfort you and give you peace.
Meg and Malcolm 🙏

Vickie Ramsey

July 25, 2020

One of a kind and rare to find - from singing in choir with her at Eastwood to teaching both children back in the 5th grade - Lori just made you feel comfortable and was the kindest soul - Keith and family hold on to each other for strength - she will be missed but she is singing and smiling with her Heavenly Father - love to you all ❤️

Treska Mitchell

July 25, 2020

I had the pleasure to work with Lori for probably about 14 years or so, as her peer and her administrator. Her work ethic was impeccable!! I smile as I type because we often disagreed, because I think I believed in her more than she believed in herself! She loved the Lord, Keith, (boy did she love Keith), and her children! She will be missed dearly. Her time on earth was not in vain. She was a good and faithful servant......

Kesha Ivy

July 24, 2020

I have so many fun memories of Mrs. Rhodes on the halls of Bossier Elementary. She was one of a kind. She brought a smile to my face even when she was being bossy! So family of Lori be encouraged and know that we love her at Bossier El.

Debbie Dunn Kline

July 24, 2020

Keith and Boys I am so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with Yall. As you know she was awesome and made a impact on so many kids lives as well as well as anyone she meet.

Casey Penner

July 23, 2020

Aunt Lori influenced and blessed me in my childhood and as an adult. Her relentless love toward her children and students is an example to us all.

Uncle Keith, Ben, Zach, Lauren, I love you and wish I could be with you. I’m praying you find comfort in your grieving.

Andrea May

July 23, 2020

It doesn't seem real. Lori, you made a difference in the world. You will be missed and remembered by so many.

Gail Barfield

July 23, 2020

I taught at Bossier Elementary while Lori was there. Lori gave me encouraging words and great advice for teaching. I’ll always remember her big smile and kind heart. 🥰

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Biography

Lori Lantz Rhodes, age 50, passed away peacefully at her home on July 21, 2020.

She was born on September 29th, 1969 in Opelousas, Louisiana, and grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and met her husband, Keith Rhodes. The two married in 1991, had their first son, Zachary, in 1994 and their second, Benjamin, in 1996. In 2019, she lovingly claimed the title of “Lolli” with the birth of her grandson, Oliver.

Lori worked as an elementary school teacher for 19 years, where she found great love in teaching children to read. She sang beautifully in church choirs, in her kitchen, in the car, and anywhere else she could raise her voice in worship. Through all life’s struggles, she found encouragement and peace in worship. Lori Rhodes loved fiercely and abundantly, most especially her family, though her love extended to all the people she came across. She treated everyone with a great deal of kindness and hardly ever met a stranger, even if she was halfway across the country. One of Lori’s favorite places to be was the beach, stretched out in the sand with her toes in the waves, closely followed by the Dr. Seuss theme park at Universal Studios, Seuss Landing. Almost matching her passion for her family, friends, and students was her passion for dessert. Lori took great delight in savoring life’s sweet moments. Quick to laugh and even quicker to smile, her infectious joy and love were a reflection of the faith she had in Christ and will be carried on by all those who loved her.

She is preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Lantz, and her uncle, James Robert Jones. She is survived by her husband, Keith Rhodes; sons, Zachary (Lauren) and Benjamin Rhodes; grandson, Oliver Rhodes; mother, Glenda Lantz; brother, Jeff (Marjorie) Lantz; sisters, Sharon Anding, and Tressa (Derek) Ratchford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Services for Lori will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, officiated by Bryan Reed, of The Simple Church. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive guests on Saturday evening from 5-8 p.m.

Pallbearers include Eddie Merrill, Jeff Lantz, Kevin Rhodes, Derek Ratchford, Jay Hardy, and Marty Kent. Honorary pallbearers include her nephews.

Her family takes great comfort in knowing that Lori is now talking, singing, dancing, and laughing, completely healed at the feet of Jesus.

In lieu of flowers, Lori’s family asks that you donate books at http://www.tinyurl.com/LoriRhodesBookMemorial to Bossier Elementary and J.A. Phillips Elementary School to continue the work that she loved.