November 27, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Juanita L. Rhodes, age 92, formerly of Elwood

Juanita L. Rhodes, age 92, formerly of Elwood, died October 1, 2022 at Ridgeway Senior Living in Lexington, her home for 13 years. She was born January 1, 1930 to Elmer and Myrtle (Bricker) Johnson in Omaha, Nebraska.

She graduated from Louisville High School and attended Wesleyan University. On June 18, 1949 she married James Willis (Willie) Rhodes. The couple lived in Weeping Water, Kearney, North Platte and in 1967 moved to Johnson Lake. Juanita raised her kids and worked as a cook, housekeeper and her favorite job at Elwood Care Center as a Transportation aide for 15 years. She was a phenomenal baker and her cinnamon rolls were famous! She was active in her church and sang in the choir. She will be missed by many as she was loved and a friend to all who met her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Willis, sister Myrna Jean Van Vliet and brother Bernard Johnson.

Survivors include her children, Pamela (Dean) Brand of Lexington, Kevin (Jacque) Rhodes of Lincoln, Randy (Jodi) Rhodes of Bulverde, Texas and Marvin (Donna) Rhodes of Elkhorn, also, 9 grandchildren, 2 step grandsons, 13 great and 5 great-great grandchildren from coast to coast.

Memorials are suggested to Elwood Public Library or Lexington Public Library.

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Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. at Lexington Christian Church.

Burial will follow at Elwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.

Source: Obituaries