Sarah Louise Gwynn Rhodes, 87, of Carmichaels, Pa., died at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Waynesburg, Pa. She was born March 10, 1931, in Boquet, Pa., the daughter of the late Franklin Rinehart and Ruth Elizabeth (Eckert) Gwynn.
Mrs. Rhodes was married to the late Roy Frederick Rhodes for 36 years. She met her husband at a spring dance in May of 1948, during her junior year at the former Penn Township High School. Roy’s first wife and two of his four children were tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1946. Rather than completing her high school education, Sarah married Roy on August 3,1948, as she wanted to be a wife and a mother to his two young sons. She later obtained her General Equivalency Diploma.
Sarah had quite a generous heart. She was always concerned about friends, family members and neighbors. Sarah helped in whatever way she could for those less fortunate than she. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carmichaels since moving to the town in 1971. Sarah also was a member of the United Methodist Women.
In her younger years she had been a member of the Junior Women’s Club in New Stanton, Pa. and the Scottdale Grange. Sarah was a den mother for the Ruffsdale Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. Later, she became a member of the Rebekah’s Lodge in Greene County. Sarah was an avid reader, wrote poetry and enjoyed embroidering and hand sewing. She also helped her husband with farming for many years.
Sarah is survived by her children, Clark Rhodes (fiance Victoria Reyes) of Willets, Calif., Paul Rhodes (Tracey) of Carmichaels, Daniel Rhodes (Anita) of Aliquippa, Pa., Linda (Rhodes) Smith (Jonathan) of Bridgeport and Ruth (Rhodes) Benton (Philip) of Hartville, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Linda Anderson Colvig (Robert) of Willets, Laura Smith Lenk (Aaron) of Carnegie, Pa., Jeremy Smith (Autumn) of New Stanton, Pa., Shawn DeWitt of Seattle, Wash., Zephyr and Nash Benton of Hartville, Ohio, Rochelle, Rachel and Reyna Rhodes of Aliquippa, Pa. and Alicia Yeager (Justin) of Carmichaels; seven great- grandchildren, Mary and Michael Colvig, of Willets, Mathew Colvig, of Ypsilanti Mich., Bastian Edward and Lydia Grey Lenk, of Carnegie and Marissa and Haylee Yeager, of Carmichaels; her only sibling, Frank E. Gwynn, of Boquet; along with many nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and former husband, are two sons, Roy David and Leonard Franklin Rhodes; three grandchildren, Karen and Rob Anderson and Steven Craig Smith; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Anderson Rhodes and a very special sister-in-law, Darlene Gwynn.
The family would like to give special thanks to Amedisy’s Home Health and Southwest EMS for all their help over the past several years.
Family and friends are welcome in the Yoskovich Funeral Home, in Carmichaels, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, the funeral service will follow with the Rev. Dayton D. Mix officiating.
A graveside committal will be held at Lavansville Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Somerset, Pa., at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 25.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 101 West South Street, Carmichaels, PA 15320 or to a library of the donor’s choice.