|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1919|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 2013|
Elizabeth "Betty" Harvey Rhodes, wife of John J. Rhodes, died March 20, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. She was 93.
Mrs. Rhodes was an active political wife and mother, raising four children during the thirty years her husband was in Congress while also acting as a leader of the Congressional Club, a non-partisan club for spouses of members of the House and Senate in Washington D.C.
Mrs. Rhodes is remembered for her commitment to her family, to her husband and to each community in which she lived. She was born in Council Grove, KS, in 1919 to Lewis Harvey, a physician, and Grace Campbell. She had two brothers, Taylor and Scott.
Due to her father's service in the U.S. military, Mrs. Rhodes and her family lived in three states before settling in Homosassa Springs, FL, where, at the age of 8, she became a featured exhibition diver at The Homosassa Hotel.
The Harvey family returned to Council Grove in 1929. She attended Baker University in Baldwin, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and speech and was president of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta.
She married John J Rhodes in May 1942 in Council Grove, and moved to Arizona where Mr. Rhodes was serving as Adjutant and later Executive Officer in the U. S. Army Air Forces at Williams Field, Arizona.
During her husband's years in the military, Mrs. Rhodes continued to volunteer in her community. She was elected as the first president of the Williams Officer's Wives Club, which supported a Red Cross unit. After World War II, the Rhodes chose to settle in Mesa where Mr. Rhodes started to practice law. Mrs. Rhodes again volunteered in her community, as a member of P.E.O. Chapter K and president of the Junior Women's Club.
In 1952, Mr. Rhodes joined the U. S. House of Representatives as the first Republican ever elected to represent Arizona in the House of Representatives. Mrs. Rhodes continued her volunteer commitments in Washington with The Congressional Club, The International Neighbors Club, and Florence Crittenton. Her devotion to her volunteer commitments was extraordinary, but it was her devotion to her family that remains her legacy.
Mrs. Rhodes is preceded in death by her husband, John J. Rhodes Jr., and her son, former Arizona congressman John Jacob (Jay) Rhodes III. She is survived by sons, Thomas Rhodes (Chris) and Scott Rhodes (Addy); daughter, Elizabeth (Rhodes) Reich (Frank); daughter-in-law, Jane Firor; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and a devoted extended family.
Source: Council Grove Republican ~ 25 March 2013
Rhodes, Elizabeth (Betty) Harvey
93, of Tempe passed away on March 20, 2013. Betty was born in Council Grove, Kansas on September 21, 1919 to Dr. Lewis and Grace Harvey. She graduated from Baker University in 1940 and married John J. Rhodes in 1942 and moved to Williams Air Force Base where John was stationed during World War II. After the war they moved to Mesa with their two young sons, Jay and Tom, and John practiced law. In 1952 he was elected to Congress and they started a 30-year career balancing time between Washington, D.C. and Arizona. Elizabeth and Scott were born during the Washington years. After a brief career as a school teacher, Betty was a stay-at-home mom and an active volunteer. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter K in Mesa as well as First United Methodist Church, the Mahnah Club, and the Junior Women's Club where she served as president. In Washington she was an active member of The Congressional Club and The International Neighbors Club. She received the Arizona Heritage Award and the Unsung Hero Award.
A lifelong learner she enjoyed taking classes at Friendship Village and participating in a variety of programs there. She loved people of all walks of life and was an example to all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John J. Rhodes, and by her son John J. (Jay) Rhodes III. She is survived by her children, Thomas H. Rhodes (Chris), Elizabeth R. Reich (Frank), J. Scott Rhodes (Addy), daughter-in-law Jane Firor, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Visitation April 5, 2013 6:00 - 8:00pm Meldrum Mortuary 52 N. Macdonald St. Mesa. Memorial Service April 6, 2013 1:30pm Skirm Auditorium, Friendship Village 2645 E. Southern Ave. Tempe. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: The John and Betty Rhodes Scholarship Fund at A New Leaf www.turnanewleaf.org The Betty Rhodes Chair at Baker University www.bakeru.edu
John Jacob Rhodes (1916 - 2003)
City of Mesa Cemetery
Created by: Mae
Record added: Mar 28, 2013
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