On September 27, 2018 Mary Rhoades died peacefully in her sleep with her husband of 61 years at her side after a long but valiant battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary was born in Perry, Arkansas on January 24,1939 to Joe and Nadine Jackson Smith.

 

Mary graduated from high school in Clinton Ark., married Sam Rhoades in 1957 and attended the University of Arkansas while working as secretary at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

 

She was a dedicated and loving wife to Sam and a devoted involved mother to their three sons and a proud grandparent to Sunny. Mary and Sam have been a vivid part of the Mountain Home community since 1964.

In addition to being very active in family activities, Mary loved people and was naturally skilled at creating fun. She was ready to help when needed and focused her efforts on services that strived to improve the lives of others.

She was an active member in the United Methodist Church and served in leadership roles of

United Methodist Women locally and statewide.

Mary was an early volunteer coordinator of Hospice of the Ozarks and served on the board for 30 years. She was an encouraging volunteer at Baxter Regional Medical Center, serving as president of the volunteers and as volunteer coordinator.

Mary relished time with family and friends. She had a positive attitude and instilled that into her family. She established a healthy, stable, and loving bond with her sons and granddaughter early in their lives that continues to have enduring life-long benefits. Mary treasured time with friends in church circle, bridge clubs, reading group and in service organizations.

 

Mary is survived by husband Sam, sons Tom (Lisa) Rhoades, Kent Jackson Rhoades, and Bruce (Jen) Rhoades, Granddaughter Sunny Rhoades and step Grandson Jacob Herrell, Brother C Wayne Smith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Brother Willard Smith and Sister Edith Ehrmann.

 

Visitation, a time of sharing memories of Mary, will be 5 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4. A service to celebrate Mary’s life is 11 a.m. Friday Oct. 5 with family and friends gathering before the service to share memories. Both the visitation and the service will be at First United Methodist Church at 605 west 6th street, Mountain Home.

 

Instead of flowers, consider charitable donations to the Mary Rhoades Matching Endowment, Baxter Regional Foundation, 624 Hospital Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653, phone 870-508-1770 or foundation@baxterregional.org. The fund continues Mary’s habit of promoting volunteerism and supporting community efforts to improve the lives of others.

 

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.