|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1943|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 2011|
South Carolina, USA
Winona was a remarkable lady with wide interests. A reader, an adventurous cook and eater, a volunteer in her community, a teacher, a world traveler, a beloved wife, mother and gandmother. She had a wide circle of friends and family who loved her, and was blessed by her long marriage to her devoted husband, Nate Rhodes.
Few days pass that I dont think of her and wish I could share something with her, hear her hearty giggle. She enjoyed nearly any quirky thing I found online and sent to her, read and enjoyed the books I recommended (or said she did). She possessed an unwavering moral compass; she was one of the most honest people I ever knew.
Possibly my favorite story (of many) she told was the one of an afternoon in Singapore, where she and Nate were living. She was reading on the porch with her little dachshund CJ nearby. CJ made a fuss, and Winona looked up from her book to see a cobra, coiled and with its hood flaring. She threw a brick at it and missed. She threw a rake at it and missed, at which point she snatched up the dog and fled into the house. She learned that it was a deadly spitting cobra.
Winona fought lung cancer ferociously and courageously for more than a year.
I was far from being her closest friend-she had many closer-but she always made me feel special to her.
COLUMBIA - A service to celebrate the life of Winona Gunter Rhodes, 68, of Columbia will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at St. David Episcopal Church, 605 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223. The service will be led by Dr. Robert Childs. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. David's Episcopal Church. Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Rhodes died Monday December 26, 2011, at her residence. Born in Brunswick, GA, she was the daughter of Ollie Weathers Hughes and the late Winton Gunter. She grew up on St. Simons Island and maintained many friends there throughout her life. She was an Honors College graduate of the University of South Carolina, was an English instructor at Lynn University and at USC. She served as the Executive Director of the Greater Columbia Literacy Council and was a volunteer English teacher to Vietnamese refugees in Singapore. She lovingly coached everyone in the family about the correct use of English, which they cherish and will miss. She was also a Master Gardner and enjoyed giving gardening advice and seminars to the community. Mrs. Rhodes was a member of the Daughters of the King, and loved her church family. She loved to cook, make crafts with her friends at St. David's, and she travelled the world with her husband. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who devoted herself to the wellbeing and nurturing of her family.
Mrs. Rhodes is survived by her husband of over 30 years, Nate Rhodes; daughter, Nikki (Michael) Ray of Columbia; son, Jock (Pam) Norman of Charleston, SC; mother and stepfather, Ollie and R.W. Hughes of West Columbia; sister, Marvel Carr of Vidalia, GA, and grandchildren, Hunter, Brooks and Grant.
Published in The State on December 28, 2011
Wilber Winton Gunter (1916 - 1959)
Specifically: Winona's ashes are in a columbarium at St David's Episcopal Church, Columbia, SC
Created by: Anna
Record added: Apr 05, 2012
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