Susan Elizabeth Rhodes
1951 - 2019
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Susan Elizabeth Rhodes was born December 4, 1951, in Lincolnton, North Carolina to Robert Wilson and Helen Beam Rhodes. On Thursday, January 31, 2019, surrounded by loving family, Susan began her new life in heaven after waging a two-and-a-half-year courageous bout with pancreatic cancer.

Susan was a warrior princess throughout her life. Her strength and generosity touched so many lives and we will always remember her legacy of love and happiness. She graduated from Lincolnton High School, attended Lenior-Rhyne University, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and her Juris Doctor. She also earned her M.A. of Reading Education from Western Carolina University. She worked in publishing at Scholastic Magazine in New York City, as a teacher in Lincoln County Schools, as well as a partner at Roberts and Rhodes Law Firm in Gastonia. She also had her own private practice of law and ended her career as a senior Workers' Compensation attorney at Michael A. DeMayo in Charlotte.

She is lovingly survived by her sister, Cathy Katz and her husband Mark, her brother Robert Rhodes and his wife Shaye, her uncle Oscar Sappenfield and his wife of blessed memory Kathryn, her nieces, Erica Katz and Lacie Burton and her husband Clay and daughter Ella Kate, her nephew Josh Katz, and her dear friend of 23 years Darrell McKee.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 pm, Saturday, February 2 at First United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, February 2 at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia. Burial will follow at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 1, 2019.
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February 6, 2019
Susan and I were friends in law school. We stayed in touch for a while after graduation, but then as our lives became busier, lost touch. Susan was a good friend, a good listener, a great person to have as a partner for a school project, and her smile and easy going attitude were a true pleasure to share. I am glad to have had Susan in my life, even for a short time.
Margret Lollis
February 2, 2019
sincere condolences to the family. losing a love one in death is never easy. one day many will have the opportunity to live again.may the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. john 17:3
February 2, 2019
Steve & Betty & Marc Maddox
February 2, 2019
Steve & Betty Maddox
February 1, 2019
Our family, the John Fitzgerald's, were blessed to have lived across the street from Susan & her family for many years. We were privileged to have gone through school together & spent happy hours playing in each other's yards. Cathy & Robert, please know the treasured memories we have of Susan & of all of your family. You are very much in our hearts & prayers. Love, Anne Marie
Anne Marie Fitzgerald Godfrey
February 1, 2019
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Donna Miller
February 1, 2019
My condolences to the family. May the peace of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you during this time. Ruth 2:12
February 1, 2019
I knew Susan in her younger days as a teacher and then just getting started in the legal field. She had a sweet and kind personality. There was never any doubts she would be successful at whatever career she chose. Keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Ann Self-Bowers
January 31, 2019
To family you are not alone during this time of
sorrow and pain . May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences
2. Thessalonians 3:16
Wanda S.
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