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Audree Merle Beekman Rhode
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Birth: Mar. 31, 1920
Minneapolis
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 2012
Myrtle Beach
Horry County
South Carolina, USA

Extract from the 1930 Census:
Name: Audree Beekman
Age: 10
Estimated birth year: 1920
Birthplace: Minnesota
Race: white
Sex: female
Relation to head-of-house: daughter
Home in 1930: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Address: 308 Gramercy Avenue North
Marital status: single
Education: able to speak English
Education: able to read and write
Fathers' birthplace: Minnesota
Mothers' birthplace: Minnesota
Occupation: attending school
Siblings living at home: Jane (age 13) and Charles (11)
Census place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: 1092; Page: ; Enumeration District: 65; Image: 383.0
Date: 11 Apr 1930
Note: name listed as "Audrey Berkman" by Ancestry.com.

Extract from the 1940 Census:
Name: Audree M Beekman
Age: 20
Estimated birth year: 1920
Birthplace: Minnesota
Race: white
Sex: female
Relation to head-of-house: daughter
Home in 1940: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Address: Girard Avenue South
Marital status: single
Highest grade of school completed: high school 3 years
Living on farm: no
City of residence in 1935: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Resident on farm in 1935: no
Occupation: saleswoman
Industry: Chase Drug
Salary or wage worker: wages
Number of weeks worked in 1939: 0
Amount of money wages or salary: $0
Has other income of more than $50: yes
At work during week of March 24-30: yes
Number of hours worked: 56
Sibling living at home: Charles A (age 21)
Census place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T627_1984; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 89-212
Date: 15 Apr 1940

Obituary from the "Goldsboro News-Argus" of Goldsboro, North Carolina dated 21 Aug 2012:
Audree Merle Rhode (nee Beekman) was born March 31, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Ethel Adams Beekman and Delus Beekman.
Audree attended the University of Minnesota Business School and House of Fashion.
She married Col. Storm Charles Rhode Jr. of Duluth, Minn., and together they embarked on an adventurous life in the World War II Army Air Corps and post-war Air Force.
Audree was involved with the fashion industry throughout Storm's Air Force career. A handsome woman and poised communicator, she coordinated, commentated and modeled in fashion shows from Massachusetts to Italy to Hawaii.
Her greatest joy was found in her family. She and Storm raised seven children, who continued the pattern of serving their country in the military or in public service, Storm Charles Rhode III, Michael Thomas Rhode, Audree Rhode Severn, Barbara Rhode Stiles, Richard Scott Rhode, Kelly Neil Rhode and Deborah Rhode King.
Upon retirement, Audree moved with her husband to Saudi Arabia. She always described this time as fascinating, even considering the challenges of a different culture and the hardships of desert life as an adventure.
Upon their return stateside, she and Storm settled in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her impact continued to be felt in the community. She volunteered with the Grey Ladies at the hospital, and served in retiree associations as well as the women's auxiliary at St. Andrew Catholic Church.
She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
At the Rhode Runner family reunions, Audree was famous for her three-legged dance.
She nursed her husband, Storm, through a long illness until he passed away Aug. 2, 1994.
Audree moved to Goldsboro in 2005 to be closer to family.
Even into her 90s she continued her selfless community service, crocheting baby blankets for needy wee ones.
Audree was preceded in death by her husband, Storm; her sister, Jane Beekman Eichelzer; and her brother, Charles Beekman.
In addition to her seven children, Audree is survived by her 18 grandchildren and 32.5 great-grandchildren.
She will be sorely missed by her loving family and friends.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, with Father Patrick Keane presiding.
The family will receive friends following the service.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Rhodes family, and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.

Obituary from the "Goldsboro Daily News" of Goldsboro, North Carolina dated 21 Aug 2012:
Audree Merle Rhode (nee Beekman) was born March 31, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Ethel Adams Beekman and Delus Beekman. Her friends called her Slim; her grandchildren called her Nana. She described her life as rewarding. Those who knew her would say that was because of her own vibrancy, grace and contagious sense of fun.
Slim attended the University of Minnesota Business School and House of Fashion. She married Storm Charles Rhode, Jr. of Duluth, Minnesota and together they embarked on an adventurous life in the World War II Army Air Corps. Following the war, Slim supported Storm's vocation in what became the United States Air Force. Her scintillating personality and zany sense of humor were a great asset when keeping morale of the units at a high level.
Slim was involved with the fashion industry throughout Storm's AF career. A handsome woman and poised communicator, she coordinated, commentated and modeled in fashion shows from Massachusetts to Italy to Hawaii. She was engaging and enjoyed her involvement with military wife duties: Officers Wives clubs, community, and church activities. But her greatest joy was found in her family. She and Storm raised seven children who continued the pattern of serving their country in the military or in public service: Storm Charles Rhode, III; Michael Thomas Rhode; Audree Rhode Severn; Barbara Rhode Stiles; Richard Scott Rhode; Kelly Neil Rhode, and Deborah Rhode King. She supported her family as a den mother, Girl Scout leader, and even shared her fashion skills with local teen clubs, hosting charm schools and fashion shows. At Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, she was instrumental in staging the Debutante Ball (1966-1967). She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Upon retirement, this charming woman moved with her husband to Saudi Arabia. She always described this time as fascinating, even considering the challenges of a different culture and the hardships of desert life as an adventure. She recounted many tales from this time to include a Bedouin caravan and wedding feast. Upon their return stateside, she and Storm settled in Myrtle Beach, SC, where her impact continued to be felt in the community. She volunteered with the Grey Ladies at the hospital, served in retiree associations as well as the Women's Auxiliary at St. Andrews Catholic Church. At the Rhode Runner family reunions, she was famous for her three-legged dance. She nursed her husband, Storm, through a long illness until he passed away on August 2, 1994.
Slim considered one of her privileges to be her private audience with Pope Pius XII where she even shook his hand. Slim moved to Goldsboro, NC, in 2005 to be closer to family. Even into her 90s she continued her selfless service, crocheting baby blankets for needy wee ones.
Slim, or Nana, as she was called by her 18 grandchildren and 32.5 great-grandchildren, will be sorely missed by her loving family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 P.M. in the chapel of Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home with Father Patrick Keane presiding. The family will receive friends following the service.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Rhodes family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.

Obituary from the "Sun News" of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina dated 30 Aug 2012:
Audree Merle Rhode (nee Beekman) was born March 31, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Ethel Adams Beekman and Delus Beekman.
Audree attended the University of Minnesota Business School and House of Fashion. She married Colonel Storm Charles Rhode, Jr. of Duluth, Minnesota and together they embarked on an adventurous life in the World War II Army Air Corps and post-war Air Force.
Audree was involved with the fashion industry throughout Storm's Air Force career, but her greatest joy was found in her family. She and Storm raised seven children: Storm Charles Rhode, III; Michael Thomas Rhode; Audree Rhode Severn; Barbara Rhode Stiles; Richard Scott Rhode; Kelly Neil Rhode, and Deborah Rhode King.
After a life of travel that included living in Italy and Saudi Arabia, she and Storm settled in Myrtle Beach, SC where she enjoyed active participation in golf and bridge. Audree moved to Goldsboro, NC, in 2005 to be closer to family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Storm, her sister Jane Beekman Eichelzer, and her brother, Charles Beekman. In addition to her seven children, Audree is survived by her 18 grandchildren and 32.5 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services were provided by Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, and online condolences may be sent through Shumate-Faulk.com.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center www.3hc.org or 919-735-1387.

Children:
(1) Storm Charles Rhode III
(2) Michael Thomas Rhode
(3) Audree Mary Rhode
(4) Barbara Ann Rhode
(5) Richard Scott Rhode
(6) Kelly Neil Rhode
(7) Deborah Jane Rhode.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Delus Arthur Beekman (1891 - 1965)
  Ethel G. Adams Beekman (1888 - 1967)
 
 Spouse:
  Storm Charles Rhode (1915 - 1994)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jane Vivian Beekman Eichelzer (1916 - 2001)*
  Charles Adams Beekman (1918 - 1975)*
  Audree Merle Beekman Rhode (1920 - 2012)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

Audree M
his wife
Mar 31 1920
Aug 20 2012
 
Note: interment 5 Nov 2012.
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 5815
 
Maintained by: Richard Rhode
Originally Created by: J. Edward Ross
Record added: Nov 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100380504
Audree Merle <i>Beekman</i> Rhode
Added by: Richard Rhode
 
Audree Merle <i>Beekman</i> Rhode
Added by: Richard Rhode
 
Audree Merle <i>Beekman</i> Rhode
Added by: Richard Rhode
 
 
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