Marilyn Elizabeth (Neal) Rhoades, age 68, of Vandalia, passed away with family at her side at 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at her home in Vandalia.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia. A service will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be the Rev. Bob Hoehn. Music is provided by selected favorite songs. Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vandalia.
Pallbearers will be Tony Owens, Brad Owens, Brian Snodgrass, Scott Deien, Jacob Deien, and Dillion Caldwell.
Marilyn Elizabeth (Neal) Rhoades was born on April 25, 1945 in Vandalia, the daughter of William Cloyd and Violet Elizabeth (Horton) Neal, Sr. She married Roger Rhoades in Palmyra, Mo. on February 12, 1988; he preceded her in death.
Marilyn was a 1963 graduate of Van-Far High School and lived in Vandalia until 1981. At that time, she started working at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra and lived in that area until 1995.
Marilyn then moved back to Vandalia and worked from 1998 to 2008 at the Tri-County Care Center and received her CNA while there. She had been worshipping at the Spencer Creek Baptist Church with her sisters and enjoyed several hobbies.
Marilyn was an active participant in the area cancer walks, enjoyed crochet, scrapbooking, her photo albums and reading about the Amish. In years past, she enjoyed going camping with Roger.
Survivors include one son, Michael G. Jacobs and Rachel Crane, of Palmyra; three daughters Tracy J. Foster, of Decatur, Ill.; Tricia M. and husband Scott Deien, of St. Charles, Mo.; Robyn E. Hobbs, of Vandalia; two brothers Billy and wife, Linda Neal, of New Bern, N.C.; Mike Neal, of Mexico, Mo.; four sisters Nelva Owens, of Bowling Green, Mo.; Barbara and husband Allen Snodgrass, of rural Vandalia; Karolyn and husband, Bob Green of rural Vandalia; and Nena Neal, of Vandalia; also survived by eight grandchildren: Breena Crane, Megan Jacobs, Jessica Ruiz, Jacob Deien, Ella Deien, Dillion Caldwell, Makayla Flowers and McKenna Flowers; three great-grandchildren: Adilei, Maci and Tayte; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger; one brother, Nelson Neal in 2007; one sister, Sharon J. Neal in 2013; one granddaughter, Kristie Jo Davis in 1993.
Memorials are encouraged to Ellis Fischel Cancer Research Hospital.