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Obituaries: 06/15/2013

Rose Lea Rhodes, 79

Rose Lea Rhodes died on May 8, 2013. She grew up on a farm near Miller, Missouri. Her surviving older sister Jean still lives in Miller, as do Rose’s nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her younger sister, Jo.

Rose moved to North Hollywood when she was 11 and graduated from Hollywood High School. Rose started work at the Bank of America while she was still in high school and continued working there full time after graduation. She then began work in the travel industry and was with Trans World Airlines (TWA) for 29 years as a ticket agent and in other capacities, arranging travel around the world for her customers and dealing with damaged luggage and other duties as required. This was an important job in the years before the Internet! She retired from TWA in 1985 and has been volunteering since then. First, she volunteered in L.A. with Meals on Wheels and the American Civil Liberties Union.

She moved to Kenwood/Glen Ellen in 1991 because she wanted to live in the country again. Since then she has volunteered for the public library, the Kenwood Community Club, the California Native Plant Society, the Sonoma County Permit and Resources Department, the Wildlife Center of Kenwood, Bright Haven for Animals, and for other organizations concerned with the welfare of animals, including caring for 50 cats and for her favorite, Joey, a dog on wheels who was injured by a car.

Rose was a student of metaphysics, the philosophical study of being and knowing. She especially enjoyed the works of Seth.

She will be missed by her many friends. Donations can be sent to Bright Haven, 5465 Bravo Toro Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Donations will be used to care for Joey.

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