Bobbie Jean Walker Rhodes, licensed vocational nurse retired from Prince George’s General Hospital passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 15. She was 85.
Bobbie’s career began after studying and earning her licensed vocational nursing credentials from Baylor University in the 1950s where she helped to blaze the trail for other women and men of color in her field.
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Walker Rhodes, the beloved wife of Ulysses S. Rhodes born in Valley Mills, Waco Texas made her home for the past 54 years in Glenarden, Maryland. As a young woman, wife and mother, she moved from Waco to Dallas, Texas and on to San Antonio, Texas, where as a military wife, she moved with her husband and two children to Germany. From Germany, the family now included three children moved on to England and back to the states. After her husband returned from serving in the Vietnam war, she helped him settle their family in their current Glenarden location.
Bobbie was a pillar in her church community (Seabrook Seventh Day Adventist Church), she enjoyed international and national travel and weekly bowling in a league with her husband when she retired years earlier. She was happiest when entertaining friends, family, and neighbors. She and her husband welcomed young friends and family into their home and provided a safe place for them away from home, in order to provide a jumping off space for them to continue education or start a career after college.
Bobbie is survived by her husband of nearly 67 years, Ulysses S. Rhodes, her three children, Belinda Diana Rhodes of Madison, Alabama; Retired Colonel Ulysses S. Rhodes Jr (& Karen) of Arlington, Virginia, and Marvin Anthony Rhodes (& Katrina) of Hughesville, Maryland, five grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
Bobbie suffered through a long debilitating illness and was in immense pain for more than two years. Her family and friends gathered round to help in ways untold. She was not exposed to the illness raging through our country, but she did suffer from pneumonia and other ailments associated with aging at the end. Bobbie went home to be with our Lord and Savior this past Friday.
Funeral services will be handled by the Jenkins Funeral Home on Friday, June 5th. Reverend Johnson of the Seabrook Seventh Day Adventist Church will be the Pastor leading the service which will be attended by close family members. The service will be live video streamed via ZOOM and made available to friends and family unable to attend due to restrictions in gatherings during Covid19.
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