Betty Virginia Rhoades, 78, retired teacher, sportswoman and dedicated environmentalist, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2016 in Hilliard, OH, surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of Maurice and Mary Jane Rhoades. Betty graduated from Walnut Hills High School, and the University of Cincinnati with degrees of Bachelor of Applied Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Masters Degree in Education. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She began her teaching career at Montresor School in Leesburg, VA. then returned to Cincinnati where she taught art for thirty three years, and coached girls' sports. Betty had a great love of the outdoors, led wilderness camping trips, kept bees, was an expert skier, tennis player, horseback rider, sailor and white-water canoeist. She was also a woodturner, cabinetmaker, ceramicist and artist. At age sixty she took up wind surfing. She was a Girl Scout leader, and volunteered at the Cincinnati Nature Center and Long Branch Farm. She served on the Mariemont Preservation Board and the Little Miami Conservancy Board. Betty spent summers at her log cottage on Glen Lake, MI. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and her family and friends adored her. Betty leaves her beloved sisters, Nancy R. Schwab (Richard) of West Chester, PA and Susan R. Theiss (Viktor) of Loveland, OH. She is also survived by her loving nephews, Richard L. Schwab, Jr. and David G. Schwab (Beth) and their sister, Anne E. (Betsy) Bury, and great nieces and nephews: Leanne, Christopher, Jennifer and Andrew Schwab, and Tyler, Austin and Leah Bury. A celebration of Betty's life will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM in the Krippendorf Lodge at the Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150. Free admission is available at the gate for those attending. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to honor Betty with a contribution in her name to: Little Miami Conservancy, 6040 Price Road, Milford, OH 45150 (littlemiami.com
), Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612 (email@example.com) Cincinnati Nature Center, (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to your favorite animal shelter.