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 Violet Louise “Vi” <I>Smith</I> Rhodes

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Violet Louise “Vi” Smith Rhodes

  • Birth 2 Jun 1919 Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, USA
  • Death 30 May 2012 Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 91171643

Violet was born in Jasper Texas to Roy and Lola (Sheffield) Smith. She was an avid gardener, quilter and crossword puzzler (NY Times in ink). She loved to read and had hundreds of books in her personal library. During WWII she was one of the first female flight instructors in the US Navy. She attended Rice Institute(University) where she met and later married Jesse M Rhodes, on April 1, 1946. She was graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in accounting in 1952.

She worked for Oteco Inc, Goldfield Enterprises and was retired from Southwestern Bell in Houston in 1985. She moved to Caldwell and devoted the latter part of her life to her grandchildren and their friends. In Caldwell she was known as "Miss Vi" and for her daily walks around town.

She was preceded in death by her parents, nine siblings and her husband. She is survived by her children Sandra (David) King of Harlingen, and Glenn (Gail) Rhodes of Caldwell, grandchildren Andi (Cash) Shurley of San Francisco, Jessica (John) Muennink of Houston and Jennifer Hoffman of College Station, great grandsons Parker Hoffman, Knox and Gibson Shurley, and many nieces and nephews.

Violet was an exceptional woman with great strength of character. She was loved and will be missed.

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Gravesite Details Her ashes are buried next to her father, Roy Revel Smith
  • Created by: Sandy King
  • Added: 1 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91171643
  • Sandy King
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Violet Louise “Vi” Smith Rhodes (2 Jun 1919–30 May 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91171643, citing Jasper City Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Sandy King (contributor 47512512) .