Kay Rhodes was laid to rest in the mountains she loved at Pioneer Cemetery, Idaho City on Friday, September 5, 2014 with immediate family in attendance.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held Oct. 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Church of the Brethren, 2823 N. Cole Road, Boise, ID. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Boise Rescue Mission.
Kay was born January 11, 1932 in Tonasket, Wash. to Hank and Ina (Jones) Purdey. She graduated from Oroville High School in 1950 and married Harrison W Rhodes, Sr. March 29, 1951 at the Church of the Brethren in Wenatchee, Wash. Kay spent the next 63 years of marriage acting as wife, mother, family CEO and “Dr. Rhodes.” She and her family moved around the United States for Harry’s job, which allowed the entire family to enjoy adventures in Texas, Florida, New Jersey and California. They finally came home to the West they loved and to be close to family when they made their final move to Boise, Idaho in 1970.
Kay and Harry took pleasure in traveling extensively throughout the United States. Kay had a green thumb and loved gardening, especially flowers. She had an impressive repertoire of sewing skills including tailoring, upholstery, and rug making. The family always loved to sit down to meals that Kay cooked. She was generous with her time, love a nd attention to family and those in need. She loved visiting and caring for her grandchildren.
She will be missed immensely by her entire family. She is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Harrison W Rhodes, Sr.; children, Pam Everett of Kirkland, Wash.; Glenna Rhodes of Bend, Ore.; Harrison W Rhodes, Jr. of Boise, Jill Quinn of Boise and grandchildren Morgan and Kinsey Lundquist, Katrina Everett Terada, Kyle Rhodes, and Keaton and Carson Quinn. She is also survived by her sister, Lois Hamacher of Old Town, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her sister Donna Grossman, her parents and her stepfather Ivan Painter.