Mary Lou Rhodes


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 4:59pm

Mary Lou Rhodes, 93, formerly of Little River, passed away Jan. 14, 2021, at Quail Park, of Oro Valley, Tucson, Ariz.

She was born April 14, 1927, in Henderson County to the late Neal and Love Hamilton. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Yancy Ray Rhodes; sister, Juanita Hamilton; brother, Coman Hamilton; and grandson, Logan Barnhouse.

She helped shape Transylvania County during her lifetime, teaching at Pisgah Forest Elementary School and Brevard Middle School for decades. Her former students remember her for her fairness, encouragement and kindness. After her retirement in 1985, she volunteered in various community venues. She was active in St. Timothy United Methodist Church, as well as in D.A.R. (East Flat Rock and Brevard Chapters), AAUW, retired teachers groups and other clubs.

She is survived by her two daughters, Marsha R. Roberts (Kenneth), of Rock Hill, S.C., and Suzanne Rhodes Draayer (Richard D. Thaler), of Tucson; grand-daughters, Kelli Barnhouse, of Penrose, and Maureen Collier, of Rose, Mich .; nephew, Glenn Hamilton (Susan), of Charlotte, N.C., and Brian (Debi) Rhodes, of Hendersonville; as well as many cousins, friends and the entire McCrary clan, and community members who mourn her passing.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the difficulties of travel, graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Timothy United Methodist Church at 1020 Asheville Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, or to Little River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 51 Little River Church Road Penrose, NC 28766.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is honored to care for the family.


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