Marilyn Yvonne Rhodes was born on July 1, 1936 in Kentucky to the parents of Halbert and Clara Mae Hannings. She grew up in Tennessee and was the oldest child having three sisters, Ruth, Dorothy and Joyce, as well as two half sisters, Sue and Trena Jo. She also had one step brother Gary Wayne Page. On a blind date, Yvonne met the love of her life, William Mackey Rhodes and they were married on August 11, 1952 and celebrated 67 years of marriage before his passing on March 4, 2020.
Yvonne graduated from Bruce Business Institute in Martin, TN in August, 1962, received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Pan American University in Edinburg, TX, in August, 1971 and received her Master's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in May, 1983. She was an elementary school teacher for 30 years with 28 of those years teaching first grade at Big Sandy ISD in Big Sandy, TX retiring in May 2003. She had always dreamed of being a teacher and loved her students as well as the teachers and staff. They were her second family.
She was a member of Longview Missionary Baptist Church and had many wonderful friends there in Sunday School.
She loved gardening, antiques, estate sales, traveling and flowers. But, most of all, she loved her family including her six grandchildren and one great grandchild and another due this Fall.
She passed away on Friday, September 4th, 2020 at the age of 84. She is preceded in death by her parents and step father, James Page, one sister Joyce Connell and her husband. She is survived by daughter, Annette Johnson and husband Mid of Timpson; son, David Rhodes of Longview and former daughter-in-law Kim Rhodes; six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Hunter, and Hannah Rhodes; Blake, Claire and Natalie Johnson; one great grandchild Ivee Grae Rhodes. She is also survived by her sisters Ruth Betts of Greenfield, TN, Dorothy Nash of Lansing, Michigan, Sue Peppers of Jacksonville, FL, and Trena Jo Crittendon of Martin, TN as well as one step brother Gary Wayne Page of Martin, TN. She is also survived by a cousin that was like a sister, Dolores Mansfield. Yvonne had many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
Visitation will be held at Welch Funeral Home in Longview on Sunday, September 6 from 3 to 5 pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 7 at 10 am at Welch Funeral Home. The service will be live streamed at Welch Funeral Home Livestream page on Facebook. You must be a member of Facebook to watch the service. Interment following at Corinth Cemetery in Timpson at 2 pm.
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