Florence Stennes Rhodes
November 18, 1910 - December 21, 2004
Florence STENNES RHODES
November 18, 1910 – December 21, 2004
~In Loving Memory~
Cherished mother of Gordon and Victoria Stennes of Katonah, NY and Sandra and Frank Jennings of Des Moines, WA; and “GRANDMA FLO” to six dear grandchildren; Krisanne Herb Lowe, Terence Cheri Jennings, Darek Abbie Stennes, Jennifer Scott Wellham, Julianne Stennes, and Kenneth Stennes; and six precious great-granddaughters. Also surviving is a sister, Mildred Holt, in Minnesota, along with many nieces and nephews.
Florence was born in Duquette, MN to Fred and Bada Hedberg, as the ninth of thirteen children of Swedish immigrant parents. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse prior to marriage to her beloved Kenneth Stennes in 1934; and with their two young children, they moved to Honolulu, HI in the spring of 1941, where they were first-hand witnesses to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Later moves took them to Bremerton and Kent, WA. After raising their family, they enjoyed an active retirement in North Bend, WA for seventeen years before moving to Judson Park Retirement Community in Des Moines, WA. Throughout her adult life, Flo was a “master-quilter”, giving many of her finished quilts to loved ones, along with donating others to good causes.
Florence was preceded in death by Kenneth in 1988, and in 1990 she joyfully married Vincent Rhodes, who died in 2001. His three daughters and their families were always a heartfelt addition to her family.
Florence lived an exemplary life and was a blessing to her family, with her wisdom, faith, inner strength, humor and love, and her ability to always look to the future. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, even as she lives on in their hearts!
She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church South. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 2:00PM, at the Chapel in Judson Park Retirement Center, 23600 Marine View Dr. S., Des Moines, WA 98198. Memorials in her name may be given to the Judson Park Employees Christmas Fund, or to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.