Benette Ann Rhoades, 88, of Amarillo, TX finished a life well lived and graduated to heaven on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Washington Avenue Christian Church in Amarillo, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Benette was born on July 7, 1932 in Oxford, KS to Ben and Maudine Banks. She is the oldest of two sisters. She was an excellent student (valedictorian) and pianist during her public-school years. After high school, Benette attended and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. After which she started her teaching career in Mulvane, KS while pursuing her graduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
While at Greeley, Benette met and married Otis C. Rhoades on August 17, 1956. Benette and Otis taught in Manzanola, CO for one year before moving to Amarillo, TX in 1959.
Amarillo allowed Benette and Otis to settle into a town that she would call home until her passing. Benette and Otis started their family with Melody in 1962 followed by Ryan in 1967. They also became longtime members of Washington Avenue Christian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, forwarding agent for missionaries CW and Lois Callaway, pianist, and church secretary for a time. Benette loved her church family and was incredibly blessed by them.
Benette also spent many years teaching piano and accompanying, working in the sheet music department at Tolzien Music Co., and at High Plains Religious Bookstore. She loved helping and serving others in each of these capacities.
Benette is survived by her daughter, Melody Stinsman and husband Lee of Amarillo, TX; her son, Ryan Rhoades and wife Robyn of Plainview, TX; grandchildren Ben Stinsman and wife Elizabeth of Cypress, TX; James Stinsman, wife Morganne and great granddaughter Emma Stinsman of West Fargo, ND, McKenzie Rhoades of Lubbock, TX; and Michael Rhoades of Lubbock, TX. She is also survived by her sister Rue Ulrich of Tulsa, OK and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in addition to the services on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Washington Ave. Christian Church Missions Fund.