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With family at her side, Martha McCormick Rhodes, 82 of Midland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 after a lengthy illness.
Martha was born on Aug. 25, 1934 in Blooming Grove, Texas in the same house she would later be married in. She attended Blooming Grove schools and Navarro College and she worked in Dallas for a period of time prior to marriage. She married her high school sweetheart, Truman 'Trim' Rhodes on June 6, 1953 and soon became an Army wife stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas. The couple moved to Midland in 1958. They had three children and Martha set about teaching them her strong convictions of the Christian walk, good character, and hard work. She embodied the virtues of patience and perseverance and she could find 'common ground' with all people. She was a superb homemaker who baked, sewed, scrubbed, canned fruits and put up vegetables. Heaven knows she could work a 'bob wire' fence.
Martha was a steadfast member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church since 1960 where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a regular volunteer with A.M.O.S of Midland. She saw the glory of God in all of nature and was especially fond of birds. She had many birdhouses and hummingbird feeders at her beloved Haywire Ranch in Coleman County.
Martha survived a 1975 car accident that took the life of her daughter, Tracy. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Alyne McCormick, and brothers, Bob and Alan McCormick. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Truman, sons, Tim and Todd Rhodes, sister, Carolyn Beene of Dallas, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. All are welcome to a celebration of her life which will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Midland.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Marks UMC.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published on September 23, 2016
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