Sharon Rhodes
February 22, 1938  -  October 14, 2017

Sharon Rhodes

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Grace Community Church
935 W. Mescalero Road
Roswell, NM  88201
Friday, October 20, 2017
10 AM
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South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
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Sharon Rhodes, age 79, of Roswell, who passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 20, 2017 at Grace Community Church with inurnment to immediately follow at the South Park Cemetery. Pastor Rick Hale will be officiating.

Sharon was born to Paul M. and Carol Chaney Littell on February 22, 1938, and raised in Roswell. Her parents preceded her in death. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1956 and attended New Mexico State University, as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She taught for the Roswell Independent School District at Mesa Middle School and Mountain View Middle School in the subject of ELA and Home Economics.

Sharon married Bruce Rhodes, who precedes her in death, in May of 1985.

Surviving family members include: four children. Carol Sapalio of State College, PA, Tom Muirhead (Bobbie), of Pauline, SC, Cathy Fields (Sam), of Rowlett, TX, and Connie Brown (Scott), of Greeley, CO and her cousins, Larry Littell of Watertown, NY and Lana Littell Boswell of Roswell. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Shaun Banister (Heather), Callee McCann, Lacee McCann, Eric Muirhead, Suzanne Muirhead Herrera (Rick), Chelsey Fields, Tory Fields, Darby Fields, Casey Brown, Ethan Brown; five great-grandchildren, Lane Thomas Muirhead, Brody McCann, Bastien McCann, Caleb Banister and Bristol Banister.
Before and after retirement, Sharon gave of her time participating in numerous service organizations: Order of Eastern Star, Social Order of Beauceant, NMNEA, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Kappa Gamma, Chaves County Extension Club, ENMMC Hospital Auxiliary, Senior Circle, Red Hat Society, volunteering at the International UFO Museum, Roswell Cancer Society. She has made several quilts and blankets for the Quilts of Valor organization and CASA of Roswell as well as caps for cancer patients and receiving blankets for newborns.

Bruce and Sharon owned a vacation home in Timberon for several years and loved spending time in the mountains. They formed several life-long friendships with the residents there. After Bruce's death, Sharon continued to travel with friends, spend time attending her grandchildren’s activities and graduations. Sharon was a beloved member of Grace Community Church.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the love and support of our mom. The family requests that memorials can be made to Chaves County or a special charity of your choice.


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  1. Nancy Rodden McKinney
    Charlotte, NC

    Sharon takes me back to our high school days. Sharon was friendly, full of life and a precious person to be with. I have not lived in Roswell for several years, but feel your loss. Blessings to all the family!

  2. Bill and Kate Brown, Sharon Brown
    Roswell, NM

    Carol, Callee & Lacee, we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you. we love you.
    Bill, Kate & Sharon

  3. cyndi mitchell
    roswell, NM

    sweet flight to heaven mrs Sharon. you where a strong and dedicated woman and will be missed by so many. rest in peace Sharon *save me a spot xoxoxoxo

  4. Christy Hand
    Wolfforth, TX

    I am so sorry for your family's loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Loved Sharon and spending time with her. Love you guys.

  5. Pat And Larry Courter
    Las Cruces, NM

    Sharon was a dear friend and co- worker. At Mesa Middle School. We were all team members who supported each other and all school endeavors. She was never too busy to lend a helping hand or a word of advice when asked!!! She had a true heart of gold and she and Bruce led the way for activities at Mesa for students and co-workers. She was never too involved to stop and be a true friend!

  6. Christy Hand
    Wolfforth, TX

    I am so sorry for your family's loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Loved Sharon and spending time with her. Love you guys.

  7. Rhonda Williams
    Garland, TX

    Cathy you and your family are in my thoughts and prayer. Lean on the Lord in your time of sorrow.

  8. Bettye Casey
    High Point, NC

    Sharon knew how to have a good time. We shared many such times. She was a loyal friend and co-worker, always there when needed. I will celebrate birthdays as usual, thinking of you each time, Sharon. Peace and love to you, Bettye.

  9. Cheryl & Tim Wafful
    Roswell, NM

    What a sweet and loving lady. She was always so involved and was loved by so many. Going through cancer never stopped her from smiling and showing love in return to those all around her. You will be greatly missed sweet Sharon.
    Prayers of comfort be with all her family left to cherish her memory. Love and prayers, Cheryl

  10. Ed and Ruthie Lawrence
    Roswell, NM

    May God grant you beautiful memories of your sweet Mom. May He ease your mourning and give you the reassurance that your Mom is in the arms of Jesus, her Lord and Savior. We love you all and pray for your safe travels. May God bless you!

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