Ellen Kay Henderson Rhodes

March 1, 2014 • Obituaries


Rhodes-Obit-PicEllen Kay Henderson Rhodes passed away peacefully February 27, 2014 in Columbine Valley, Co at the age of 71.

Kay was born March 9, 1942 in Roswell, NM to Loren Edward Henderson and Vera Ellen Henderson. Her parents have preceded her in death.

Kay graduated from Roswell High School in 1960 and attended Texas Tech and UNM where she received her BA degree in 1964. She taught school for several years at Valley High School in Albuquerque.

She and Joe Rhodes were married September 8, 1962 in the First Methodist Church in Roswell by Dr. Austin Dillon.

Joe’s career [auth] with Aetna Insurance took them from Albuquerque to Seattle, Washington for several years, followed by several years in St. Louis, Mo eventually to Littleton, Co. where he retired. Joe then accepted a management position with Prudential Insurance which took them to Barrington, IL and with retirement from Prudential back to Littleton/Columbine Valley, CO. where they began their retirement years.

Kay was always very involved with all her children’s school and extra curricula activities wherever they lived. She was a very giving and caring volunteer in their various communities including: Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority Sustainer, PTA Leadership positions, Junior League, various book and bridge clubs, charitable work and fund raising committees, member of the Nine-Hole golf competitive team. Currently, a member of the Littleton United Methodist Church. She had been involved in many activities in high school: dance, music and was named the Most Beautiful Band member.

Joe survives her, as do their children Joseph Stephen Rhodes and his wife Natalie Morales of Hoboken, NJ and Julie Kay Rhodes Leftridge and her husband Steve Leftridge of Webster Grove, MO. She is also survived by her brother Steve Loren Henderson and his wife Carol Jane of Roswell and grandchildren Josh and Luke Rhodes of Hoboken and Henry and Logan Leftridge of Webster Grove.

Surviving nieces and nephews include: Cindy Henderson Redding and her husband Tony of Phoenix, AZ; Tonya Henderson Winder of Washington, UT; Mark Henderson and Carrie of Roswell; and Jon Henderson and Bertha of Laredo, TX. Sisters in Law: Barbara Rhodes Seigal and Bernie of San Francisco, and Penny Rhodes Pulliam and Byron of Grand Junction, CO, and nieces and nephews.

Kay fought a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Kay faced the inevitability of this unforgiving disease with the same dignity and grace she displayed throughout the rest of her life. She never lost her beautiful smile, or her heartfelt love for her family and friends. She will be remembered as a kind, caring person, and she will be sorely missed by her children, her family, her loving husband and many others. May God bless her soul and welcome her into his eternal care.

As she had requested, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship fund, First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Roswell, NM 88201: Alzheimers Association/ New Mexico Chapter, 404 N. Kentucky Ave, Roswell, NM 88210, The Colorado Alzheimers Association/Denver, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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