Kay Frances (Anderson) Rhodes was born August 30, 1941 in Houston, Texas to Arvie and Louise (Buechler) Anderson. She attended and later graduated from Bellaire High School. After high school she attended Texas Lutheran College receiving her undergraduate degree in social work in 1963. She then attended Our Lady of the Lake University where she obtained her master’s degree in social work in 1965.
On May 20, 1975 her son, Kenneth John Rhodes, was born to her and her husband, Jeff Rhodes, in Dallas, Texas. The couple made their home in Carrollton, Texas. Kay worked for Dallas Mental Health and Mental Retardation. After almost twenty years in the field, she went back to school to obtain her teaching certificate so that she could be home with her son in the summers. Kay taught elementary school for several years at Camey Elementary in the Colony, Texas. She ultimately returned to the field as a counselor with the Easterseals in Dallas around 1990.
Kay was a Christian of devout faith and was one of the early members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Farmers Branch in the 1970’s. She was an avid reader and loved to watch old movies. Kay also enjoyed music and singing which led her to many years of service in the church choir. She never missed a sporting event of her son, loyally attending years of baseball and cheering loudly from the bleachers. Kay and her family enjoyed annual summer trips to her beloved East Battle Lake cabin.
In retirement, Kay moved to Alexandria, MN to be near her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Bj and Elmer Neumann, residents of Henning, MN. She lived in Bethel apartments for many years before moving to Nelson Gables Assisted Living several years ago.
Kay passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Nelson Gables Assisted Living at the age of 78. She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Brooke) Rhodes; grandchildren, Madalyn and Alexandra; her sister, Bj (Elmer) Neumann; and her nephew, Greg Neumann. Kay is preceded in death by her parents her sister, Jeanie Anderson, and her husband, Jeff Rhodes.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria with a visitation an hour prior. Inurnment will be at Girard Union Cemetery in Henning, MN.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory. www.andersonfuneral.net