RUTLAND TOWN -Rhoda Helen Horne, 69, of Rutland Town, died May 25, 2012, in the Boston Medical Center. She was born October 18, 1942, in Weymouth, Mass., the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Wing) Elliott.
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Rhoda grew up in Braintree, Mass., and graduated from Braintree High School.
She married Kenneth J. Horne and they lived in Hanover, Mass., until moving to Hamden, Conn., in 1971, and later moved to Rutland Town, Vt., in 1980.
Rhoda was the bookkeeper at the Rutland Free Library for 20 years, retiring in 2006.
She was very interested in researching family genealogies through which she met and made a strong relationship with a distant cousin, Nancy Otis, formerly of Manchester, Vt., as well many others. She was an avid birder and enjoyed birding trips to Trinidad and throughout the Northeastern United States. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and needlework.
Rhoda was a member of the New England Historical Genealogy Society, the Essex County Genealogy Society and the Wing Family of America, through which she was able to trace her roots back to five families on the Mayflower.
She was devoted to her family--especially her grandchildren--and her friends. Family holidays and get-togethers were special times where, with any luck, her Red Cake would be there to enjoy.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth J. Horne of Rutland Town; three daughters, Jacqueline Horne-Smith and husband Keith of Cambridge, Mass., Jeannine Lagasse and husband Scott of Wilmot Flats, N.H., and Jamel Golden and husband Barry of Morrisonville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Madelaine H. Smith, Jacob Lagasse, Leo Golden and Rocco Golden; brothers, David Elliott and Robert Elliott, both of Plymouth, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
The graveside service will be held Friday, June 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Cheney Hill Cemetery.
Following the service, a reception will be held at Lagasse's Hearthside Restaurant in Rutland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Amyloid Research Fund, 72 East Concord St. K-503, Boston, MA 02118.
Tossing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Rutland Herald on May 28, 2012