Vivian L. (Phelps) Rhoades, 75 of W. Springfield, passed away on Thursday February 21, 2019 at her home, following a ten year battle with Alzheimer's. Please shed only tears of joy. She is finally FREE to be Vivian again.
She was born August 2, 1943 in Conneaut, OH, a daughter of the late Roger H. and Sylvia A. (Nimelli) Phelps.
Vivian was raised in Conneaut, OH, attending Conneaut High School. Following high school she met and married Allen G. Rhoades on December 31, 1962 in Westfield, New York. The new couple moved to Chicago for a time, returning to this area and living in West Springfield the remainder of her life.
She worked in the lab for many years at Erie Ceramic Arts (now American Trim), retiring from there in 2002.
Vivian was a long time member of the West Springfield United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist Women there and the "Ruth Circle." She loved helping others throughout her life and enjoyed walking, working in the gardens and simply spending time with grandchildren, friends and family.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen G. Rhoades in 1991; a sister, Norma Sayles and a brother, Larry Phelps.
She will be greatly missed by her family, which includes her daughter, Susanne Lawrence (Jeff) of Cranesville; a son, Brad Rhoades (Tammy) of W. Springfield; her grandchildren, Jonathan and Thomas Lawrence; her close friend, Tom Weldon; her brother in law, Elwin Rhoades and sister in law, Marga Rhoades; several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Jean Karr of Conneaut, OH and Carol Tisdale of OH; two brothers, Donald Phelps of Conneaut,OH Jerry Phelps of Wyoming and a half sister,Virginia Ranta Damsell.
Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard, services will be held there on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in the Springfield Cemetery.
Vivian's family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to her personal caregivers and the nurses and aides at Great Lakes Hospice, for their compassion and sincere assistance.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Springfield Methodist Church, 13790 Chestnut St., W. Springfield, PA 16443 or to the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept., 11959 Main St., East Springfield, PA 16411; Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach St., #244, Erie, PA 16501.
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