, Muskogee, OK

January 9, 2013

Dorathy Marguirette “Margie” White Rhodes


— On June 30, 1920, Dorathy Marguirette (Margie) White Rhodes was born to O.D. and Dorathy Ada (Holloway) White in Maysville, Ok. Margie had 3 older brothers and later would have 2 younger sisters and one younger brother. Margie grew up as a farm girl and worked in the fields with her brothers hoeing right alongside them. She learned to love books-as that is what the family did in the evenings, and read many throughout her life as well as later taught her children to love reading. She learned to sew from her mother and as an adult made her and her daughter’s clothing, becoming an excellent seamstress.

After graduating from Maysville High School, she took an interest in nursing and started nurses’ training in Chickasha, Ok. After WWII started, the school was closed with the senior students being sent to St. Anthony School of Nursing from which she graduated in May 1944 as a Registered Nurse. During this time in Chickasha, she met Jack G. Rhodes and they fell in love. On October 9, 1943 right before he was sent overseas to fight in the war, they eloped to Kingfisher, Ok and were married. They had to keep their marriage a secret until she graduated from nursing school or she would not have been allowed to continue with her training. After graduating, Margie was the evening shift supervisor at the hospital in Chickasha.

When Jack returned from the war, they moved to North Carolina where he was from. While there, a daughter, Mary, was born. Four years later a son, Jack L., was born. They then moved to Ville Platte, LA where they lived for 8 years. During his time, Margie worked as a private duty nurse at the hospital there. After moving to Welsh, LA, she worked as the evening shift supervisor at the new hospital there.

During this time, when her children were growing, she took excellent care of them. She was great about playing baseball outside with them and the neighbor kids. She made sure to take her children to church even if it meant walking.

The family moved to Haskell, OK in July 1963 where she was closer to her dad to help take care of him. She worked for a short time at Muskogee General Hospital. Mainly, during this time she took care of her family. Later on, Jack was transferred to Stuttgart, AR and then to Garland TX, before coming back to Haskell. She then worked in several nursing homes including both Haskell and Coweta as the Director of Nursing. She was always concerned for who she took care of and wanted them to have the best of care.

Margie was faithful to her church and to her Lord, Jesus Christ. She served where she could by helping in vacation bible school, teaching children’s Sunday School classes, working in the kitchen for church as well as funeral dinners for as long as she could. She read her bible faithfully and taught her children by  example.

After retiring, Margie and Jack loved to travel and went to many states by themselves and with the Good Sam Club they belonged to. They made some wonderful friends in the club and always looked forward to being with them. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Margie and Jack were married for 68 years before his passing on May 31, 2012. Margie, at the age of 92, passed from her earthly home to her home in heaven on Jan. 8, 2013, which was 7 months and 8 days from Jack’s passing.

Margie is survived by her son, Jack L. Rhodes of Holyoke, CO, her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Ron Walters of Muskogee, grandson and wife, Mike and Amy Walters, great-grandchildren, Zoee and Zachary Walters of Muskogee, sister, Mary W. Johnson of OKC, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Margie will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Haskell with Rev. Gary McKeen and Rev. Jerry Don Abernathy officiating. Interment will follow at 1:00 pm in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery under the direction of Dowdy Funeral Home.

Serving as casket bearers will be Mike Walters, Kent Bratcher, Matt Bratcher, Don Keaton, Gary Snyder and Mike Snyder. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be made to your favorite charity, OK Baptist Children’s Home, 12700 E. 76th St. N., Owasso, OK 74055 or Food for Kids Back Pack Program, Central Church of Christ, POB 397, Haskell, OK 74436

Margie was a loving and faithful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother and will be greatly missed. A special thank you to the staff and workers of Haskell Care center who gave her their best care and watched over her.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

“Her children rise up, and call her blessed.”

“But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Prov. 31:28, 30