PUBLICATION: Columbus Dispatch, The (OH)
DATE: May 3, 2007
EDITION: Home Final
RHODES Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, 81, of Columbus, formerly of Bellaire, Ohio and Greeneville, Tennessee, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Born May 10, 1925, in Afton, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Daniel (Buck) and Grace Smith McCoy. She was a member of St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in Columbus. Mary loved baseball and hockey, especially the Columbus Clippers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. She especially enjoyed being a teacher’s aide at Trinity Catholic Preschool at St. Margaret of Cortona Parish in Columbus, where she was affectionately known as Grandma Mary. She also enjoyed working in her garden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Rhodes on June 27, 1989, two sons, John Paul Rhodes on April 25, 1985 and Stephen Michael Rhodes on December 23, 1950, one brother, Roy McCoy and four sisters, Hazel Roberts, Mabelle Kinnick, Arma Nell Southerland and Agnes Harmon. Surviving are four children, Patricia Ann (Bob) Miller of Wickliffe, Ohio, Charles L. (Michelle) Rhodes of Bellaire, Ohio, Lester C. (Pat) Rhodes of Bridgeport, Ohio and Sharon M. (Mike) Curtin of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Pauline Solomon of Greeneville, Tennessee; three half sisters, Gay Mitchell and Reba Green, both of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Barbara Roe of Johnson City, Tennessee; three half-brothers, Glenn McCoy and Charles McCoy, both of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Walter McCoy of Telford, Tennessee. Also seven grandchildren, Vince, Tammy, Matt, Christy, Jesse, John and Margot and several great-grandchildren and a special niece and friend, Phyllis (Gary) Jones of Greeneville, Tennessee. Family and friends will be received at the BAUKNECHT-ALTMEYER FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY, 441 37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio, on Thursday, May 3, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio, with Msgr. Gene W. Mullett, the Celebrant. Interment in the Holly Memorial Gardens at Pleasant Grove, Ohio. Vigil services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Catholic Elementary School Scholarship Fund, 1381 Ida Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Share your thoughts and memories with Mary‘s family at www.altmeyer.com.