Mrs. Ruth Rhoades, age 103, of Columbus, Ohio and formerly of Greenville, as well as the Franklin Township area, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 12:45 AM at the Forum of Knightsbridge in Columbus, Ohio. Born at home on February 4, 1906 in Adams Township, (Darke County, Ohio), the daughter of the late Henry and Emaline (Earnest) Applegate.
Ruth graduated from Franklin Township High School in 1923. Attended the Miami Jacobs Business College in Dayton (one subject she remembers taking was Penmanship then worked in a Bank in Greenville as a record keeper). She met Sylvin Rhoades through one of Sylvin’s sisters, Catherine Rhoades and was married on February 18, 1928. To this union was born one son, Max Eugene Rhoades of whom they were very proud. She was married 69 years until Sylvin’s passing on June 28, 1997. Ruth was a farmer’s wife and homemaker most of her life in the Franklin Township area. She was a member of the Painter Creek Church of the Brethren for over 50 years and a lifetime member of the Darke County Farm Bureau.
Proceeded in death by parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Survived by son and daughter in law, Max Eugene and Jane Elizabeth Rhoades of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Stephanie Marie Rhoades of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Cynthia Renee Rhoades of London, England, and Kelly Ann (Murphy) Potter and husband Timothy Potter of Columbus, Ohio; great grandchildren, Emma Elizabeth Faye Potter, Evelyn Ruth Potter, Sarah Grace Potter and Cary Isaac Davidson, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a dear friend, Margaret Hocker of Greenville.
There will be a service held on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor David Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery, Gettysburg, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 on Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be given to the Painter Creek Church of the Brethren, 8593 St. Rt. 571 East, Arcanum, Ohio.