Cela Mae Rhoads, 87, of Cherokee became ill suddenly, and passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, May 22, 2008 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held on May 28 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Mae was born March 11, 1921 in Hartley. She attended Cherokee Public Schools.
She was married to Walter "Bud" Rhoads on May 6, 1939 in Cherokee. The Rhoads family started the family greenhouse business in 1927. Mae and Bud operated the family business, Rhoadside Greenhouse, with their son Dale Rhoads until their retirement in June of 2003. Mae was a resident of Cherokee her entire life. She was a long time member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Mae entered Careage Hills in June of 2006 to be with Bud.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 7, 2007 , a son Dale Rhoads on Aug. 5, 2001, and seven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by a son, James Carl Rhoads of Des Moines, who was born on their May 6, 1946 anniversary; a granddaughter, Dr. Nicolle Gunter and her husband Vincent of Kansas City, Mo.; one great-granddaughter, Brooke Gunter; a daughter-in-law, Lynn Rhoads of Cherokee; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law: Margaret Rhoads of Cherokee, Dorothy Gano of Cherokee;, and Stanley Rhoads of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a special nephew, Jim Gano of Cherokee, and the families of her seven brothers and sisters. many of whom live in the Cherokee area.