Brenda Lee Rhodes, 65, of Whitewater passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

She was born November 5, 1951, in Anna, Illinois, daughter of Kenneth and Margie Coomer Ledermann.  She and Lawrence “Mike” Rhodes were married July 18, 1970.  He survives.

Brenda graduated from Meadow Heights High School in 1969. She worked as the housekeeping supervisor at the Lutheran Home for 14 years until she became disabled. Brenda was a member of and song leader of Bethlehem General Baptist Church in Crump for over 30 years. Brenda enjoyed her flowers, gardening, hummingbirds, and nature. She also cared for children in her home for a number of years. Brenda was a loving wife and mother; her grandchildren were the light of her life and she shared a special love towards them. Brenda was a breast cancer survivor.

Loving survivors include her husband of 46 years; two sons, Allen (Ashley) Rhodes of Gordonville and Tim (fiancé’, Jamie Crow) Rhodes of Sikeston; six grandchildren, Hailee, T.J., Alex, Aiden, Adelyn, and Aleena; a twin sister, Linda (Jack) Robins of Marble Hill; two brothers, Buddy (Lilly) Ledermann of Scott City and Kenneth (Nancy) Ledermann of Illinois; sister, Sue (Gene) Wilson of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dean Ledermann; and a sister, Margie Eggemeyer.

Friends may call Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 11 am until service time at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at 2 pm, at the funeral home, with the Rev’s Joe Allen and Lucas Clabough officiating.

Interment will follow in Stroderville Cemetery near Whitewater.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Bethlehem General Baptist Church in Crump.

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    Beautiful soul taken to soon. Brenda is such a caregiver, full of love and heart for everyone who came in her path. I was lucky enough to be a part of their family for 15 years. She was a great mother figure for me and even more so the past 2 years since my own mother passed away. Bren, I love you more than ever, you fought so hard over the past several years. Please be a guide to Mike, Allen, Tim and your grandbabies. I will see you again . I love you

  2. Marilyn Crites

    I’ve known Brenda since grade school. I have fond memories of attending the youth meetings her church held in Whitewater. If I remember correctly, Brenda led the singing, and she would give her testimony. I also am grateful to Brenda for visiting my mother when she was a resident of the Lutheran Home. Brenda couldn’t stay long as she was on the job, but she would pop in and say hi to Mom. She was always cheerful and positive, and I know it lifted my mother’s spirits. My deepest sympathies to Mike and the rest of Brenda’s family. May God bless you all.

  3. Betty and Bill

    Mike , We are sorry to learn about your wife passing away . We want to extend to you , and all of your family, our sincere sympathy . May the blessing of God help to see you all through this difficult time
    Bill and Betty DeBrock

  4. Jeannette Stone

    Brenda was always welcoming you in her home. How blessed we were when one of our sons married her niece. We enjoyed times at their house and at the Lutheran Home she would come by to check on my mother. She was loved by all and I know you will miss her. Church family, too. Jeannette Stone

  5. Erin Carlton

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes Family. May they find peace in all the cherished memories of a wonderful person.

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