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She was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gerig's Disease) in 1993.
Obituary - TOPEKA CAPITOL JOURNAL, 12-28-94
Eunice Opal Rhodes
Eunice Opal Rhodes, 81, Topeka, died Monday, Dec. 26, 1994 at a Topeka nursing home.
Mrs. Rhodes was a reader supervisor for Luce Clipping Bureau.
She was born Dec. 18, 1913 in Howard, in Elk County, the daughter of Albert Orestus and Edith Hester Collins Andrews.
She was married to Ernest Francis Rhodes on Oct. 20, 1930, in Howard. He survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Frank E. Rhodes, San Bernardino, Calif., and John C. Rhodes, Lincoln, Neb.; two daughters, Sharon E. Smith, Topeka, and Kathleen Rhodes, Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorthea Jean Rhodes, on Feb. 29, 1940.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at University United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care Inc., 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606
Other survivors include two sons, Frank E. Rhodes, San Bernardino, Calif., and John C. Rhodes, Lincoln, Neb.; two daughters, Sharon E. Smith, Topeka, and Kathleen Rhodes, Lawrence; two sisters Mary Ellen
Snodderley, Howard, and Clarice Anderson, Olney, Md.; two brothers, Richard Andrews, Tucson, Ariz., and Albert Andrews, Wichita; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. etc.
(Died in Manor Care Nursing Home)
Biography written in 1986, by Eunice Rhodes
Eunice Andrews Rhodes, Work and Adventures
I was employed at Luce Press Clipping Bureau, Topeka, KS from 1962 to 1970. Reading newspapers, looking for mentions of prominent people, companies, organizations, as well as numerous other items. I marked what I found and someone else would but out the article and it would be processed and sent to the person or company who was paying for the information. At that time I was a reader, later I was a supervisor of a group of ten readers, until one day after our granddaughter, Sallee Smith was born and I went to the wrong hospital to see her. I decided I had my priorities backwards. Since then I have been enjoying a more relaxed life.
You can imagine that in reading a set of papers from different sections of the United States the amount of information I absorbed. I was made aware of many things that had never entered my mind, among these were things pertaining to Business, Politics, Government and just the differences in people in the different sections of the U.S. My curiosity was piqued and I decided when I quit work I would try to find out if some of the things were true.
I volunteered at a church Day Care Center--my first eye-opener was hearing the filthy language some of the pre-schoolers used in normal conversation. If someone had told me this I would not have believed it.
I joined a Mother-to-Mother organization, no dues, occasional meetings, not very structured. The premise was to have two or three people meet with and try to get acquainted with a Mother who was on Welfare. Two or three people visiting was a good idea--one would never had the courage to go back--the filth and the cockroaches. I can remember the three of us visiting as we left the house on our first visit, between us we know we could remedy the situation in no time at all-- NO WAY--
But I was doing this to learn something---
Statements in the newspapers said, "People were coming to pick up commodities in their big cars." That was shot down right away, they came in fairly nice cars because friends brought them, as we did. For a long while welfare people had to take whatever commodities that were being given out, or they couldn't have any. Because of this when we went to help "our mother" move, there was bottles of syrup, cans of shortening, crackers, cornmeal, flour and other things that I can't remember, all spoiled, because she was afraid to turn them down. But that was changed by the time we went with her. I remember one time she didn't take any prunes (I thought I couldn't afford to buy them at the store) she said she didn't like them.
We continued visiting and helping her with transportation, filling out required papers for welfare and a job program she was on for a short time, for 10 years. We were honored with a certificate, a silver medallion and our picture in the paper--I still talk to her on the phone, she is in a care home. I learned so much from my association with her and the two other helpers. One thing--It is nearly impossible to change a persons way of living.
Braille Class--given by the Red Cross. I took the course using a Braille machine donated by a grade school here in Topeka. After finishing the course I had to submit quite a lengthy manuscript to the Division for the Blind, Library of Congress, Washington D.C., copied from material they suggested. These were checked, corrected and returned to me, you were allowed so many errors--fortunately I passed the first time and received my certificate to Braille in 1971.
I have just completed brailling a Work Book for a fourth grape pupil to use next fall (1987)
For several years I was the Membership Secretary of University United Methodist Church, Topeka, Kansas. At the present time I teach our Sunday School Class every third Sunday.
In August 1993 Eunice had surgery to relieve stiffness in her shoulder. Dr. Tietze referred her to Dr. Delgado. Dr. Tietze stated that he couldn't manipulate it under anesthetic. This was before her diagnosis of ALS.
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