Rebecca R. Rhoads, Ca­tonsville ed­u­ca­tor

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Rebecca R. Rhoads, a re­tired Bal­ti­more County pub­lic schools ed­u­ca­tor and beach lover, died Tues­day of com­pli­ca­tions from de­men­tia at St. Agnes Hos­pi­tal. She was 80.

The daugh­ter of Joseph Fel­ton “Buck” Turner and Myr­tle Ray Turner, farm­ers, Rebecca Ray Turner was born and raised in Jack­son, N.C., and grad­u­ated in 1954 from Jack­son High School.

She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1958 from the Women’s Col­lege of the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina in Greens­boro.

Ms. Rhoads be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in 1964 in Vir­ginia Beach, Va., and af­ter teach­ing stints in New­port Beach, Calif., and Fair­fax, Va., she moved to Mary­land in 1971 and be­gan teach­ing in Bal­ti­more County’s pub­lic schools.

She mar­ried Ge­orge Aaron Rhoads, a Goodyear Tire and Rub­ber Co. sales­man, in 1971, and the cou­ple set­tled in Ca­tonsville.

Ms. Rhoads taught first grade at Ed­mond­son Heights, Maiden Choice and Halethorpe ele­men­tary schools. She also taught so­cial stud­ies at John­ny­cake Mid­dle School. She re­tired in 1999. Ms. Rhoads and her hus­band trav­eled through­out Europe, Aus­tralia and the Mid­dle East.

Her fa­vorite beaches were Avalon, N.J., and Corolla, N.C., ac­cord­ing to her daugh­ter, Rebecca Lyn Rhoads of Ca­tonsville. Ms. Rhoads liked vis­it­ing them with fam­ily and friends, her daugh­ter said.

She and her hus­band also liked col­lect­ing an­tique glass pickle can­is­ters.

Ms. Rhoads was a mem­ber of the Ca­tonsville Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1400 Fred­er­ick Road, where a cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will be held at 3 p.m. to­day.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band and daugh­ter, Ms. Rhoads is sur­vived by two broth­ers, Joseph Fel­ton Turner Jr. and Sam Cur­tis Turner, both of Jack­son, N.C.; a sis­ter, Ellen Vir­ginia Turner Win­nett of Greens­boro, N.C.; four grand­chil­dren; and many nieces and neph­ews.

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