Lucy Rhode, age 90, of Canby, MN, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at her daughters home in Dell Rapids, SD. Condolences may be left at Birk Funeral Home in Canby.
Lucy Medorothy Rhode was born on December 14, 1925 to parents James and Emma (Penehl) Orren in Rice, Minnesota. Her mother passed away when she was 13 years old so her father moved the family to Lynd, MN. As a young woman, Lucy worked in Marshall and that is where she met Emmett Rhode.
On October 24, 1947 Lucy was united in marriage to Emmett Elmer Rhode at the First Presbyterian Church in Canby, MN. To this union they were blessed with three children, Marvin, Lois and Barbara. They raised their family in Canby and Emmett purchased the Mobil plant and Lucy helped with the books. Emmett passed away on November 24, 2005 at the age of 79.
Lucy enjoyed gardening, canning and raising flowers. She also enjoyed farm work, fishing and polka music. She was very skilled in the art of embroidery and made numerous articles for friends and family. Lucy’s most enjoyed moments were spent visiting and spending time with family and friends.
Lucy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Canby and was a member of the Extension Club.
Grateful for having shared Lucy’s life are her children: Marv (Sandy) Rhode of Wentworth, SD, Lois Rhode of Sioux Falls, SD and Barbara Green of Dell Rapids, SD; five grandchildren: Michael (Nikki) Rhode, Timothy (Jennifer) Rhode, Joseph (Jenifer) Rhode, Martin Jr. (Nikki) Green and DeAnna (Todd) Penning; ten great-grandchildren: Austin, Cameron and Marin Rhode, Abigail and Elaina Rhode, Austin, Olivia and Nicholas Green, Jocelyn and Kaleb Penning and one step-great-granddaughter, Marty Michelle; one brother, Ralph (Judy) Orren of Marshall, MN and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Emma Orren; her husband, Emmett Rhode; two brothers, Howard Orren and Harold Orren; three sisters, Clarisse Burma, Abby Haas, Frances Weisenberg; son-in-law, Martin Green.