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Joyce Estelle Rhodes

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Joyce Estelle Rhodes Obituary
Joyce Estelle Rhodes, 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. She was born Apr. 9, 1927, in Grants Pass, OR to James Robert and Mae Leola Wurth.

Survivors include her five children Susan Goodman, of Tucson, AZ; Jane Rutt, of Oro Valley, AZ; Michael Rhodes, of Ramona, CA; Tina Blasingame, of Brentwood, CA; and Barbara Land, of The Dalles, OR. Joyce is also survived by her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Banks, USN, the father of Susan and Jane, and by her late husband Paul Rhodes, USAF, the father of Michael, Tina and Barbara.

Joyce was very proud to serve her family and country as a mother and a military spouse at Long Beach
Naval Shipyard, CA; Naval Base Pearl Harbor, HI (multiple times); Naval Base San Diego, CA; Hunters Point Shipyard, CA; Vandenberg AFB, CA; and Holloman AFB, NM. She always thought of Hawaii as her second home and "paradise on earth." While living there, she became a professional hula dancer. She worked for the USAF as a civil service switchboard operator at Vandenberg and Holloman retiring in April, 1991.

She attended Christ Community Church under Pastor Jack Brock in Alamogordo, NM until her move to Tucson in 2011. She regularly watched Tucson's Faith Community Church telecast by Pastor Bruce Brock every Sunday from her assisted living home.

A graveside service and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at Monte Vista Cemetery in Alamogordo, NM. The family will greet friends at 9:45 a.m. at the cemetery before the service.

The Banks and Rhodes families have entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 10, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017
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