Darlene P. Rhoads

January 16, 2013 • Obituaries


Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Waymaker Church, for Darlene Rhoads, 73, of Roswell, who passed away on Jan. 16, 2013, at her residence. The Rev. Mike Knowlton with Waymaker Church will officiate.

Darlene was born Sept. 15, 1939, in Roswell, to Jesse [auth] and Vada Pack, who preceded her in death. She was predeceased also by her brothers, Eston, Denzil, Verdis and Willie; and sisters, Penzil and Beatrice.

Darlene is survived by her husband Robert Rhoads, of the family home; two sons, Richard and Larry Rhoads; four brothers, J. E., Jesse, Jimmy and Doug Pack; two sisters, Dreta Hutsell and Ruby Rhoads; six grandchildren, Christa Jantz and her husband Jonathan, Rodrick Rhoads and his wife Patti, Abbie Rhoads, Allison Rhoads, Kara Martinez and her husband E.J., and Westin Rhoads and his wife Michelle; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Coming from a large family, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out just where you fit in this world, but Darlene seemed to know from the beginning that the purpose of her life was to live a life of purpose and commitment to God and others. She walked out her life of purpose by loving her husband, family, people and God’s creation.

Pallbearers will be Westin Rhoads, Rodrick Rhoads, E.J. Martinez, Jonathan Jantz, Jamie Pack, Vernon Rhoads and Kevin Rhoads.

Memorials may be made to Waymaker Church Children’s Ministry, P.O. Box 2183, Roswell, NM 88202.

Friends may pay their respects online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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