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RHODES, Toni DeCoux 86, passed away peacefully January 6, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, OH. Born Mae Rose DeCoux in Red Cross, LA on February 13, 1927, Toni was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family. She was known as "Tip" when growing up on the family "Homestead" and moved to Cleveland, OH in 1945. She worked as a licensed managing cosmetologist for many years and was a very good cook, known especially for her seafood gumbo. Toni is survived by her children, Jack Rhodes of Colorado Springs, CO and Toni E. Rhodes of Cleveland, OH; brother Alex DeCoux of Pflugerville, TX; sisters Evelyn Henderson of Baton Rouge, LA, Nova Lee Wedge of Colorado Springs, CO, Hilda Gardere and Ophelia Dauphin of Opelousas, LA, and sister-in-law Benette DeCoux of Dayton, OH; grandchildren, Peter Rhodes of Seattle, WA, Christopher Rhodes of Cleveland, OH, Jack Rhodes of Edwards AFB, CA, Janet Rhodes of Brooklyn, NY, and Elizabeth Lambson of Ithaca, NY; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; life-long friend, Mazie Malveaux of Baton Rouge, LA; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Toni was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl Nero and Alexander DeCoux; brothers Clyde DeCoux, Marvin DeCoux, Martin DeCoux, and James DeCoux; sisters Mary L. Boudreaux, Marie A. Smith, and Alma Duncan; and grandson Matthew E. Ogburn. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 17, 2014 in the Maria-Joseph chapel at 4830 Salem Avenue in Dayton, Ohio.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 10, 2014