Edith L. Rhoads
Edith L. Rhoads, 95, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at The Meadows Nursing Home in Orange. Services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Kevin Kissel of Faith United Methodist Church officiated.
Edith was born on Oct. 30, 1914, in Erie Pa. She was the daughter of Fred Landon and Lizzie (Ward) Landon. She was one of 10 brothers and sisters, all of whom have preceded her in death.
She spent her early years in Sandy Lake Pa., where she met and married her husband of 55 years, Ben Rhoads. Their early years together were spent in the family owned machine shop business, producing parts for the war effort. They later opened an Appliance and Sporting Goods store in Sandy Lake. In 1954, they moved their family to Orange, and took ownership of the Dairy Queen on Park Avenue. That store was built in 1945, and when it was demolished in 1974, to make way for the new building now still standing, was the oldest continuously operating Dairy Queen in the State of Texas. They owned the Orange County franchise for Dairy Queen, and continued in the business, eventually opening three more stores in Orange County. They operated them until 1975, when they were sold due to Mr. Rhoads’ failing health. He eventually passed away in 1997. Edith was a longtime member of the former Park Avenue Methodist Church, now Faith United
Methodist Church. Edith enjoyed knitting and sharing with her family and friends, over the years an untold number of wool gloves, baby clothes, wool caps, and Afghans. This hobby continued until her failing eyesight resulted in her finally laying down her knitting needles. She and her husband enjoyed traveling in their later years together. They enjoyed many summers at the family cottage in the Allegheny Mountains of Pa.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Lizzie Landon; nine siblings; husband, Ben Rhoads; daughters¬-in¬-law, Jan Ricks Rhoads, Susan Mancil Rhoads; and grandson, Ben H. Rhoads III.
She is survived by her three children, Benny Rhoads and wife, Lillie Brady Rhoads; son, Bartley Rhoads; daughter, Claire Rhoads Smith and husband, Bill O. Smith. She also is survived by five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Building Fund of Faith United Methodist Church.