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Audra Irene Rhoades

January 24, 1923 ~ May 22, 2018 (age 95)

Audra Irene Rhoades of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Indiana and formerly a long time resident of Pierceton, Indiana passed away at Grace Village Health Care.  Audra was a virtuous, quiet woman of great faith.  At 10:47 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 she stepped on shore and found it Heaven…took a hand and found it God’s…breathed her first breath of new air and found it celestial…and waking up in Glory and found it Home!

She was born on January 24, 1923 in Clay Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana to Arlie F. Beigh and Laurena (Karns) Beigh.  On November 26, 1942 in Walkerton, Indiana she was married to Ernest F. Rhoades, who passed away on August 15, 2000.

Audra was lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana, residing the majority of her life in Pierceton, Indiana, and she was a 1941 graduate of Claypool High School.  She was very involved with the Warsaw/Winona Lake Gideon Auxiliary since the 1960’s, and was a volunteer coordinator for the Kosciusko County Historical Society for many years as well as being involved with child evangelism.  Audra was an excellent cook, enjoyed gardening, and was a member of the Atwood Christian Fellowship.  She was a praying mother and grandmother and will be forever missed. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her four sons:  Ron (Judy) Rhoades (Holland, Michigan); John (Aggie) Rhoades (Ft. Meyers, Florida); Frank (Christy) Rhoades (Pierceton, Indiana); and Dean (Chris) Rhoades (Pierceton, Indiana).  Also surviving are twelve Grandchildren:  Todd (Tracie) Rhoades (Holland, Michigan); Courtney Rhoades (Texas); Jennifer Rhoades (Chicago, Illinois); Anna (Jason) Umstead (North Carolina); Morgan Rhoades (Ft. Meyers, Florida); Rebecca (John) Repp (Tennessee); Jason (Jodi) Rhoades (Pierceton, Indiana); Nathan Rhoades (Sidney, Indiana) and Janelle (Keirn) Rhoades (Pierceton, Indiana); Aaron Rhoades (Indiana); Carrie (Nathan) Sautter (North Manchester, Indiana); Stephanie (Brandon) Cloud (Pierceton, Indiana); Ethan (Rachael) Rhoades (Pierceton, Indiana); and fifteen great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest R. Rhoades in 2000, two sisters, four brothers, and her great-grandson, Brevin Sautter.            

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.  Her funeral service will follow immediately at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor Jerry Kissinger.  Burial will follow with a graveside service at Graceland Cemetery in Claypool, Indiana. 

Memorial donations in Audra’s name may be directed to Gideons International, Memorial Bible Plan, P.O. Box 766, Winona Lake, Indiana  46590-0766 and would be appreciated by the family. 

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