Betty V. Rhoades
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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 (, Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612 ( Cincinnati Nature Center, (, or to your favorite animal shelter.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Apr. 3, 2016.
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October 11, 2019
Sadly, I am just getting this news now after searching. Betty was my camp counselor at Greystone in 1969. We kept up a correspondence in letters for more than 35 years! I have most of her letters here, her beautiful handwriting, all her gentle wisdom, love and humor guiding me through so many chapters of my life. College, young married, new mother, teacher. I'm so fortunate that Betty was my mentor and friend, an indelible force in my life! My deepest condolences to all who loved her.
Charlotte (Muffie) Lyons
April 17, 2016
The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers in the land,
The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains . . .
For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.
Elizabeth May
April 15, 2016
Ms. Rhoades/Betty had a postivie impact on my life as a teacher, as an adult that showed me what honesty and honor meant, and a fun friend in the 21st centruy! A great woman, involved in so many positive, helpful activities.
Wes Iredale
April 10, 2016
RIP Coach
Pam Becker
April 6, 2016
I was blessed to have known her.....

pam coburn
April 5, 2016
There is not a day in my life when something isn't better because of what I learned from Betty. She will be missed in person but not in spirit.
Mimi Henley
April 4, 2016
She was tons of fun.
Nancy Darling
April 4, 2016
Ms. Rhoades was an inspiring teacher who left me with a life-long love of art.
Allen Tackett
April 3, 2016
What a beautiful woman!
Wanda Sinkey
April 3, 2016
She was a fantastic Art teacher who always encouraged us to explore with our artistic side and use our imagination. Fly with the birds 's. Rhoades
Linda Myers
April 3, 2016
Ms. Rhoades was one of my favorite coaches of all time. She made me believe in myself and strive to be the best. Without her I would never have played Division I college volleyball. I will miss her and her smile. She was such an amazing person who made a lifelong impression on me.
Liz De Camp Westing
April 3, 2016
Betty is still missed at Mariemont Elementary. I loved her wry humor and her dedication to making the world a better place.
Sheryl Melvin
April 3, 2016
Not only was Betty a co-worker for many years at Mariemont Elementary, but she also was my art teacher at Dale Park Elementary. She inspired me to have a love for art. I shall never forget her. It was a blessing to know her. My condolences to her loved ones.
-Judy Centner Hastings
April 3, 2016
I'm sorry for the loss of your loved one. I hope the promise found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14 offers hope and comfort.
April 2, 2016
Betty was a wonderful aunt.... Not my aunt, but my cousins' aunt...She was full of life and everyone could see how awesome her life was. She could really throw football and any man nearby was amazed and secretly jealous. Her ceramics were beautiful, creative and clever. She was a beautiful woman and left the world way too soon. Jody Schwab Prunier
April 1, 2016
A wonderful person.
Trish Newman
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