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Betty Louise Rhode

January 30, 1928 - January 24, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Betty Louise Rhode

Betty Louise Rhode

Born: January 30, 1928
Died: January 24, 2020
Age: 91

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Betty Louise Rhode, the daughter of Warden and Hazel (Smith) Patrick was born January 30, 1928, in Coon Rapids, Iowa.  She graduated from the Little Cedar High School.  She furthered her education at Iowa State University for one year and graduated from Iowa State Teachers College with a degree in Home Economics. 

     Betty taught at the Adair School from 1949 until 1954, where she met James Rhode while teaching in Adair. They were married on June 3, 1951 in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Following their marriage, she taught Home Ec. and Math in Hansell, Iowa, and then Superior, Iowa.  They later moved to Calumet, Iowa, where she was a stay-at-home mother raising her two children. Jim and Betty built a cabin in 1964 on Rainy River in Ontario where they spent many summers together.  Betty returned to teaching in the Sutherland school system until her retirement in 1983, and then moved to Wahpeton, Iowa.  Betty was an active member of the Methodist Church in Sutherland and Spirit Lake.  She was a member of the Women’s Club in Sutherland, and Lakeville Club in Spirit Lake.  She served as a leader for the Camp Fire Girls and Cub Scouts.  She enjoyed fishing and then frying the fish.  She loved to sew, cook (well-known for her chocolate cakes and decorated cakes), and attending her grandchildren’s events.  Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her family.

    Betty moved to Spencer in 2007 and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and a volunteer at the Spencer Hospital. 

     Betty passed away on January 24, 2020 at Accura Healthcare in Milford, Iowa at the age of 91.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Wallace Patrick; sister, Mary Patrick; and sister-in-law, Geraldine.

    Left to cherish her memory are her son, Steve Rhode and wife, Kim of Spencer, IA; daughter, Kathy Rhode of Humboldt, IA; grandchildren: Kylee (Kevin) Cooper of Sheldon, IA; Kristopher (Alexa) Rhode of Altoona, IA and Karis Rhode of Sioux Falls, SD; great-grandchildren: Kinslee, Kason and Kambree Cooper; one nephew, Jim (Barb) Patrick of St. Joseph, MO; one niece, Marilyn (Jeff) Warren of Middleville, MI; other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Congregational Hymns
"Hymn Of Promise"
"Amazing Grace"

Pianist, Ray Meyer
Lakeview Cemetery
Spirit Lake, Iowa


Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM
“Steve and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Loved one...”
- Lorna A Sebring
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 8:05 AM
“Steve, Kathy and Family,
Sincere condolences on your loss. It had been my pleasure to know both your folks for many year, great people. We will all miss them ,yet forever not forget them in losing them.”
- Jeffrey VanDer Sluis
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 8:54 PM
“Sorry to here of. Betty's passing she will be greatly missed our thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
- Carol Kruckenberg Johnson
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 5:02 PM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you !
Praying her journey to Heaven was as beautiful as she was ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:53 AM
“Kim and family, my deepest sympathies during this time of grief. May you wrap your arms around each other and grieve gracefully. God bless.”
- Katie Cook
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11:53 AM
“Dear Kathy and Steven- your mom was such a beautiful influence on my life. I have so many memories of my time spent with your dear family at the cabin, babysitting and giving you two piano lessons. Your mom's gentle smile comes immediately to mind and her wise and sweet advice on so many aspects of life. She also loved to laugh and had such joy in being your mom! I can only imagine what a wonderful grandmother she was to your children and their children. Hers was a legacy of grace and gentle love and affirmation. I was privileged to share in so much of that. I will think of her every time I make potato salad in the best Betty way! Love and sympathy to all of you! Lee Ann aka Super Pickle”
- Lee Ann Orthmann Bigler
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“Steve & Kim, Kathy and all of Betty's Family. So very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady. Hold tight to your memories.”
- Sue Hallett
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“With sympathy from all of us at Home Instead Senior Care.”
- Mary Dean
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 8:43 AM
“Mrs. Rhode was my Junior High Home-Ec teacher and I loved her. I will always remember one piece of her wisdom- "You can put pretty much anything you want in chili. It's pretty hard to murder chili"! My condolences to the Rhode family. Cindy Olhausen Barnes”
- Cindy Olhausen Barnes
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Steve and family sorry to hear of your moms passing Prayers to all of you.”
- Brad an Beth Blair
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