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Mrs. Ruth M. (Clothier) Rhodes, age 91, of Port Orange, Fla., and formerly of Marshfield and Lynn, died on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of Edward W. Rhodes, Jr., with whom she celebrated 71 years of marriage on August 26, 2017. The daughter of the late Frank and Caroline “Vi” (Perry) Clothier, she was also the mother of Edward W. Rhodes, III and his wife, Gineen L. of Peabody, and Sheryl A. Keen and her husband, Edward “Ted” of Plymouth and formerly of Marshfield, and the grandmother of Patrick R. Murphy of Titusville, Fla., Cassandra M. Waterhouse and her husband, Nicholas of Chicopee, Kendra L. Rhodes of Peabody, and Rachel A. Keen of Bridgewater. She also leaves three great-grandchildren.
Ruth was born in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s Girls High School. She was the office manager of the T. W. Rhodes Funeral Home of Lynn until her retirement in July of 1984. Active in the Lynn community, Ruth was a member of the Union Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered at Lynn Hospital. She was a former communicant of Sacred Heart Church and of St. Mary’s Church. At St. Mary’s she was a member of the Ladies Sodality. She served on the Board of Directors of the Lynn Girls Club, and was a member of the Infant of Prague Guild, and of the William P. Connery, Jr., Post 6, American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles and playing games with her family.
A Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean Street (Route 1A), Lynn, followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Carmelite Sister’s Holy Childhood Preschool, 5 Wheatland Street, Peabody, MA 01960; or to the Boston North Cancer Assn., P.O. Box 3153, Peabody, MA 01960. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Published on  October 18, 2017
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