Lucille Rhodes, 88, Fargo, ND died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.
Florence Lucille Ebersole was born on February 25, 1924 at Sharon, Kansas to Charles and Mabel (Pippitt) Ebersole. She grew up in Kansas and attended Pleasant Home Country School and graduated from high school in Plains, Kansas in 1941. Lucille, better known as Lou, met Harold Rhodes in 1940 and they were married on May 1, 1943 in Madison, WI. They made their home in Madison before moving to Florida so she could be with Harold while he was stationed at Boca Raton in the US Army Air Corps.
Upon his discharge, they moved to North Dakota where they lived a short time in Underwood, Ellendale, Cogswell, and Grenora all the while following Harold's teaching, coaching and principal career in high schools. In 1955, they moved to Hillsboro, then Portland in 1960, and in 1969, they moved to Bismarck, ND. Harold died in 1981. Lucille returned to Plains, KS to live with her mother. She met Jim Borth, a childhood friend and they lived together until his passing in 2007. She moved back to North Dakota and lived at the Cooperative Living Center in West Fargo until January of 2012 when she entered Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo.
Lou worked as a nurse's aide in Williston and Bismarck. She also did babysitting while in Bismarck. She was an excellent cook – pecan pie was a favorite thing to make. She loved Jeopardy, Lawrence Welk, Wheel of Fortune, old movies, reading – especially Louis L'Amour books, playing Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and a history and geography fan.
She is survived by three children, Susan (Wally) Lang, Larimore, ND, Keith (Deborah) Rhodes, Kearney, NE, and Carol (Garry) Roth, Harwood, ND; seven grandchildren, Dustin (Jennifer) Lang, Andrea (Eljakim) Schrijvers, Benjamin (Laura Koehn) Roth, Jessica Roth, Aaron Rhodes, Katherine Roth, and Abbey Rhodes; two great grandchildren, Matthijs and Rosalie Schrijvers; sister, Maxine Stegman, Tacoma, WA; Jim's children, James Borth Jr., Linda Borth, Susan Graham, Jerry Borth, Jay Borth, John Borth and their families.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, two brothers, and friend, James Borth.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at 10 AM at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Fargo with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Sanborn, ND.
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