Clarissa Ann Rhodes
July 30, 1929 – February 9, 2019
Clarissa Ann (Farian) Rhodes
July 29th 1929 to February 9 2019
Resident of Ann's Choice Retirement Community in Warminster, PA from 2003 until her death.
Survived by her husband of 67 years, William L. Rhodes, daughters, Rebecca S. Rhodes and Amy B. Rhodes, and preceded in death by her daughter, Julie A. Rhodes.
Born in Champagne, Illinois where she attended grade through high school and also where she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Sciences in Speech Pathology from The University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana.
Clarissa married Bill, whom she had met while they both attended U of I in June of 1951. Following graduation, Clarissa worked as a Speech Correction teacher for the Glen Ellen Illinois school district until 1957, when her first child, Julie was born. A second child, Becky followed in 1959 and in 1964 the family moved to Huntingdon Valley, PA, where their third child, Amy was born in 1965. After the children were grown, Clarissa returned to work as a Nursery School Teacher. Clarissa and Bill remained in their home in Huntingdon Valley until moving to Ann’s Choice in 2003.
Throughout the years, both in Illinois and Pennsylvania, Clarissa was involved in many clubs, often volunteering with the First United Methodist Church and other local organizations, including Girl Scouts, Questors International, Junior Women’s Club, Bible School teaching and the Treasure Chest at Ann’s Choice.
Among other hobbies, she enjoyed playing Bridge and other board games, traveling with her husband on Elderhostel educational trips, visiting her daughters on the West Coast, going to Questor and Clock conventions all over the country, and enjoying cruises, including Alaska for her 80th birthday, Italy for their 50th wedding Anniversary and to the Panama Canal.
Clarissa will be dearly missed by family and all the many friends she made throughout the years.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Clarissa’s name to the American Heart Association.
- American Heart Association
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019