Margaret Ann Rhodes 99, of Jackson went home to be with the Lord on January 21, 2021. Margaret was born in Northwest, Virginia on October 30, 1921 to Lillian (Halstead) Culpepper and Alston Culpepper. Margaret was the eldest of three children. Her sister Nelly (Culpepper) Sykes and brother Alston Culpepper Jr both preceded her in death. Growing up in rural Virginia during the depression provided Margaret with an appreciation of work which remained with her throughout her life. A local physician inspired Margaret to enter the field of medicine and she went on to further her education at the University of Virginia to become a registered nurse. She practiced nursing during World War ll at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and at Mercy Hospital in Jackson after raising her children. Margaret valued the experiences of a professional career, particularly the many friends she made during her work life.
She met the love of her life while on a blind double date with her nursing roommate. She was married to William Harrison Rhodes for 65 years. She is survived by two sons William (Lynda) Rhodes of Kalamazoo and John (Patty) Rhodes of Jackson; two Grandsons Brian Rhodes of Champaign Ill. and John Rhodes of Jackson; two nieces Kim (Mark) Pohto of Virginia and Terrie (John) Johnson of Louisiana; and other loving nieces and nephews.
She led a long and happy life and felt fortunate to have been blessed with a wonderful family and many great friends. Margaret loved to laugh and be active. She enjoyed traveling, golf, bridge, bowling, needlework, reading and watching her grandsons play sports. However, she felt most fortunate to have enjoyed many wonderful years in the company of her husband Bill.
Margaret was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Jackson since 1957, where she enjoyed fellowship with the lord and studying the bible with her friends.
The family has asked understanding that there will be no visitation hours, and will have a private service at the Watson Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Washington D.C., where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Her family would like to express their appreciation to the wonderful staff at Bronson Commons in Mattawan, Michigan who cared for her and laughed with her during her final years.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church, 275 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, Michigan 49201.
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