RHODES, Betty Jo|
Betty Jo Rhodes, Oma, born on May 9, 1928, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014.
Born in Mountain Park, Oklahoma in 1928, Betty grew up on a farm and in the oil fields of West Texas. She went to Texas Tech University where she was a Library Science major and she met the love of her life, Nolan C. Rhodes. He graduated from Texas Tech in 1950 and was commissioned in the Regular Army Corp of Engineers, and together the two embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. Nolan and Betty had three children, Steven Rhodes, Karen Rhodes-Ochoa, and Alan Rhodes. As a family, they moved many times during Nolan's military career and Betty stood steadfastly by her husband and children's side through the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and many other military adventures.
Once Betty and Nolan settled in Corpus Christi after Hurricane Celia in 1970, she established herself not only as a continual supporter of Nolan's endeavors but as a volunteer for the community as well. Betty volunteered for over 25 years at Doctor's Regional Medical Center of Corpus Christi. She helped families deal with medical crisis situations, consoled, laughed, and supported those in need. Betty was always a strong figure in her role as a volunteer and was awarded several times for being the "Volunteer of the Year".
Betty loved to sew, cross-stitch, and create beautiful things. She made dresses for her grand-daughters (and even for their dolls), quilts, pillows, clothes and many other special things. She was an avid "Crossword Puzzle Solver", reader, and traveler. Betty and Nolan traveled all around the world once he retired and she always had a story to tell, and a photo album to fill, about their adventures together.
Betty, Oma, was an incredible supporter of her family. Not only did she have three children, she had 7 grandchildren; Thomas Rhodes, Katy Weeks, Andrew Rhodes, Christopher Ochoa, Elizabeth Rhodes, Kelsey Rhodes, and Jeffrey Ochoa. Oma also had two great-grandchildren, Sydney Weeks and Nathan Rhodes, and two more due at the end of 2014. Oma loved unconditionally and always stood behind everyone in her family. She was the rock of her 54 year marriage with Nolan, a strong matriarch to her children, and a loving and giving grandmother and great-grandmother.
Oma was preceded in death by her son Alan Rhodes, and her loving husband, Colonel Nolan C. Rhodes, and her sister Helen Kingrea. She will be missed by her family but her legacy of steadfast support and zest for life will live on.
The family wishes to thank the staff at North Austin Medical Center for the loving care and attention they provided to Betty. Specifically, Dr. Vivian Pugh, Dr. Jose Mejia, and nurses Erica, Brenda and Violetta
A celebratory service will be held on Friday, July 4th at 10 a.m. at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills.
To share condolences with the Rhodes family please visit our website at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 4 to July 5, 2014