Vivian M. Rhodes, 81, passed away Tuesday October 2, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Rev. Bert E. Wynn and Carrie M. Wynn. Vivian was the wife of the late Jack A. Rhodes. Together they shared a beautiful marriage of 43 years, before his passing in December 1993. She is survived by three children; three grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters-in-law. Vivian and Jack resided in Colbert since 1978. After his passing in 1993, she then moved to Athens, where she lived for the last 10 years.
Vivian loved to travel. She traveled extensively across Europe and throughout the United States as an Air Force wife of 20 years. Later in her retirement she traveled in a camper across the United States with her husband; together they collected as many State stickers as she could, which indicated how many different states they had spent the night in. Vivian also traveled with dear friends, going to the Florida Panhandle, a month at a time, to celebrate her Birthday. She loved her hobbies, such as making yard gnomes, collecting Angels, hummingbirds and lighthouses. Vivian loved playing cards and dominoes with her brother and sister-in law, while recanting stories of their childhood. Later in her life, Vivian became an avid reader of all kinds of books and, with her youngest grandson, legos were also a favorite pastime.
As an active member and servant of the Colbert United Methodist Church, Vivian sang in the choir, and worked in the United Methodist Women's organization. She also helped in organizing and serving with the Soup Kitchen Mission. Vivian served on the Pastor Parish Board from 1995 through 1998.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, October 4, at the Colbert United Methodist Church for Vivian. Pastors Hugh Henderickson and Jim Haralson, retired, presided at the ceremony, where her memorial wishes and life were celebrated. A meal was provided in the Fellowship Hall by the United Methodist Women. Thank you to all those who made this celebration so special.
Donations may be made to the Lymphoma Society, St Jude's Organization, or to the Colbert Food Bank (Colbert United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 317, Colbert, GA 30628).
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.