On the evening of November 7, 1926, D. Stoner Krady, Pastor of the E Vine Street Mennonite Mission in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, opened the Sunday evening Bible story time for the children. Then he excused himself to go to the family’s home quarters attached to the church building. At the end of the service he returned to the church meeting to announce that he was the the Papa of a fourth daughter named Rhoda.
In that same building Rhoda was baptized, married to me, and commissioned with me to go to Tampa, Florida as a pastor couple under the sponsorship of the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and the Lancaster Conference. She was to me a beautiful rose named Rhoda. The pictures in this blog highlight the more carefree moments of her life.
Rhoda always enjoyed swinging and took every opportunity to do it. Here she swings on the swings donated by Sharon School to Lakewood Retreat. I wonder if they are still there. I doubt it. Rhoda and I enjoyed camping. Here is a photo which shows her reading seated by a camp fire. We camped in the Smoky Mountains and on a care free tour to the New England States.
Rhoda also enjoyed water. Our summer camps always had a lake and that is when she enjoyed swimming. splashing and floating. When we went fishing on the Gulf of Mexico she baited her own hooks and often caught the biggest fish. She also loved Texas and our family while they were there.
When Conrad and his family moved to Texas we enjoyed going there and fitting into their lifestyle in that large state. Conrad took his children with me to fish on the gulf. They caught their first fish on that trip.
Rhoda loved her children, and they loved each other.
One blog cannot tell it all. Not mentioned are Rachel’s children and their children, and they were important in Rhoda’s life.
On what would have been Rhoda’s 91st birthday, her daughter, her husband and I will eat lunch together. Then Rachel and I will attend events in the Sauder Music Center of Goshen College. And always we will be remembering the one who began life on this day 91 years ago, and lived life to its fullest.