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Susan Rhoda Spurlock Willard
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Birth: Dec. 11, 1867
Ash Flat
Sharp County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1962
West Plains
Howell County
Missouri, USA

Known as Rhoda.
Daughter of David 'Dave' Spurlock, Jr. and Mary (Estes) Spurlock.
She was born in King's Mill near Ash Flat, Ark. Her mother died when she was 14 years old.

Married Joseph Martin Willard Mar 19, 1889 at Ash Flat, AR. Joseph was a Methodist preacher and he met Rhoda when he came down from Oregon County, Mo to preach at the Liberty Hill Methodist Church. They corresponded and 2 1/2 years later were married at her father's home.

They lived on 40 acres about 3 miles east of Rover, Oregon County, MO, where all their children were born.

Joe was a pioneer Methodist circuit-rider preacher for the districts of West Plains and Koshkonong, Missouri and Independence Co (including Batesville), Ark. While Joe was gone on his preaching trips Rhoda gathered up the neighborhood children and with her own held Sunday School in her home.

Rhoda was a saintly woman and had little tolerance for foolishness. Her favorite hymn was "Whiter Than Snow." Once when her granddaughters caught her humming a foolish tune, "Mares Eat Oats," which she probably thought was some hymn, she was very embarrassed and probably prayed for forgiveness. Joe, on the other hand, was fun-loving and could be very silly with his jokes. Rhoda would say, "Now, Dad."

When they were older they lived in West Plains, Mo. They lived with their nephew, J.D.S. Willard until they died.
 
 
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 Parents:
  David Spurlock (1818 - 1904)
  Mary Morris Estes Spurlock (1832 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Joseph Martin Willard (1865 - 1963)
 
 Children:
  Belva Ann Willard (1890 - 1897)*
  Gertrude Naomi Willard Spann (1891 - 1936)*
  Albert Alexander Willard (1894 - 1975)*
  Arthur John David Willard (1896 - 1989)*
  Walter Andrew Willard (1901 - 1965)*
  Luna Druscilla Willard (1903 - 1905)*
  Wayne Warren Willard (1908 - 1987)*
  Cecil Benjamin Willard (1910 - 2003)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Karr Spurlock (1848 - 1908)*
  John Thomas Spurlock (1849 - 1935)*
  Robert Archibald Spurlock (1852 - 1927)*
  David Drewry Spurlock (1854 - 1935)*
  Martha Belle Spurlock Murphy (1856 - 1884)*
  Eliza Frances Spurlock Endsley (1858 - 1921)*
  Mary Katherine Spurlock Foreman (1861 - 1945)*
  Nancy Drucilla Spurlock Rogers (1865 - 1932)*
  Susan Rhoda Spurlock Willard (1867 - 1962)
  Joseph Benjamin Spurlock (1872 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Lawn Cemetery (West Plains)
West Plains
Howell County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Mary Jo Freeman
Originally Created by: Jean ღ
Record added: Dec 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16875801
Susan Rhoda <i>Spurlock</i> Willard
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Susan Rhoda <i>Spurlock</i> Willard
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Susan Rhoda <i>Spurlock</i> Willard
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- Jean ღ
 Added: Feb. 6, 2011

- Me2u
 Added: Dec. 5, 2009
My great-grandma, Rhoda. I remember her babysitting me when I was 3 and she was 83.
- Mary Jo Freeman
 Added: Nov. 7, 2009
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