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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Edna Mae Rhodes

September 12, 1922August 8, 2019
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Edna Mae Rhodes was born on September 12, 1922 in Conception Junction, Missouri and passed away on August 8, 2019 in Lenexa, Kansas.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 15, 2019

Memories

Edna Mae Rhodes

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Cathy Weaver

August 15, 2019

Edna was a beautiful example of love and strength !!! I learned so much by her example. This is a life beautifully lived.

Janice Dearinger

August 13, 2019

Dear precious friend of our family, whom we will miss greatly. Beautiful lady inside and out. Loved the lord, Loved her family and friends, and enjoyed spending time with them. Always had a smile on her face, and enjoyed life. We were blessed to know you and call you friend.
Love the Dearinger Family ❤️😘

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Biography

Edna Mae King Rhodes, beloved mother, grandmother and faithful friend, went to be with the Lord she loved on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was a loving, dedicated wife to her husband, Donald Faye Rhodes, who preceded her in death on September 2, 1964. Edna Mae (“Eddie”) was the daughter of Mae and Bill King of Conception Junction, Missouri to whom she was born on September 12, 1922, and the sister of Helen Dorothy “Dotty” King Walton. Her parents, sister and Aunt Florence, who she loved dearly, preceded her in death. She was preceded in death, too, by her dear brother-in-law, Wayne Walton and his precious wife, Dotty, who she missed and loved dearly. Bob and Pat Oppold, Kathy’s mother and father-in-law, who she loved dearly, preceded her in death, too.

Edna Mae grew up in Conception Junction, Missouri where she graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940. She loved dancing to the Big Bands of Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey and playing the piano at church. She married Don Rhodes in 1942. To this couple was born a daughter, Kathleen Ellen, whom they adored. They resided in Conception Junction until Don’s job as a railroad engineer for the Chicago Great Western took them to Iowa in 1961. Although sad to leave Conception Junction, they adjusted quickly to the welcoming community of Norwalk, a suburb of Des Moines and made many lifelong friends there. Sadly, Don lost his life to lung cancer at age 48 in 1964. Don and Eddie’s many happy years together as a loving couple who loved to dance at the Frog Hop in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Val Air in Des Moines had come to an end.

Although sad and missing her husband, Eddie knew she needed to keep busy in order to remain resilient and strong. She soon began her next chapter in life as she enrolled at Iowa Beauty School, owned by the Horner family in Des Moines. She received her cosmetology license with pride. She taught for many years at Iowa Beauty School following her graduation. Her next job was working at Mr. Executive in Des Moines for Leon Emmons doing men’s hairpieces. Elzora Horner and Susie Horner worked with her there. Mom was always close to the Horner and Emmons families and considered them dear friends and family. She and Elzora were godparents to the Emmons’ children, Shawn and Jenny. She was thankful to Sherrie and Leon for this honor. Sherrie and Leon Emmons gave her and Elzora a trip to Hawaii for their retirement. Elzora’s husband accompanied them on this special trip.

Eddie was a faithful servant of the Lord. She attended church and was an active member at the Conception Junction Methodist Church, Norwalk Methodist Church and Valley View Methodist Church. She was involved in church circles, preparing funeral dinners and attending Sunday School throughout the years. She was co-chairman of Faith Circle at Valley View Methodist Church and a member of the Valley Viewers Sunday School after moving to Lenexa, Kansas in 1997.

Eddie moved to Lenexa to be close to her daughter, Kathy, and family. She and her daughter shared an amazing close relationship. They loved visiting together, shopping, socializing, eating at Jack Stack and traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, New York City and the New England states. They returned to Iowa for many fun gatherings with family and dear friends. She enjoyed socializing with her Valley View friends and the Bunko group comprised of friends who worked with Kathy at Shawnee Mission Hospital.

We will all miss my mom, Eddie’s faithful presence in our lives. She was a great role model to her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She was thrilled to be a grandmother to Greg and Liz and great grandmother to Tricia, Emma Reay, Clara Mae and Logan. She loved dearly Greg’s wife, Kelly, who became her granddaughter in 2004. She had a special relationship with her dear cousin, Jesse Mae Babb, and her family who live in St. Joseph, as they traveled together and visited often. Karen and Sheila, Wayne and Dotty’s daughters, were precious to her.

Mom was a great role model to all of us as caring for others, putting other people first, faithfulness to our Lord, loyalty to friends and family, ambition, strength and resilience.

Thank you, Mom, for all you have done for all of us. We will continue to honor you in many ways and let our great memories of birthday celebrations with you, delicious dinners you prepared, your delicious mashed potatoes and pies and great visits give us comfort and strength. We know you want us to remain kind and faithful to one another and help others as we continue your legacy. We love you. Enjoy the Reward you have earned in your heavenly home with dear family and friends.