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Born: February 1, 1941

Place of Birth: Benton, KY

Death: February 15, 2012

Place of Death: Tucson, AZ

Alan Rhodes, Husband

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Vistoso Memorial Chapel
Oro Valley, AZ

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Dorothy Rhodes

    February 1, 1941  -  February 15, 2012

Life Legacy

Dorothy ("Dot") Jean Eubanks Rhodes (Jeannie to her Eubanks family), 71 of Tucson, AZ died February 15, 2012 as a result of an accident. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious, her dedication to her family and friends was immense, and her playful spirit will be with us forever. She was loved and adored by her husband Al, her family, and many friends.
Dot was born in Benton, Kentucky on February 1, 1941 to Dorothy and Glen Eubanks. The family moved to Canon City, Colorado in 1942, and later moved to Lakewood Colorado in 1958. Dot graduated from Lakewood High School in 1959, received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State Teachers College, now University of Northern Colorado, and earned her Masters degree from University of Redlands in 1970. In 1962 she and Al Rhodes were married in Lakewood, Co. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept 12, 2012. Dot and Al lived more than 40 years and raised their family in Alta Loma, CA.
Dot will be remembered and greatly missed by her life-long companion and husband, Al Rhodes of Tucson (Saddlebrooke), AZ; two children: Marc Rhodes (Aryeka) of Brownsburg, IN and Kim Huxman (Travis) of Tucson, AZ. She is also survived by three loving grandchildren: Sean Rhodes, Ali Huxman and Zoe Huxman; three brothers: Jim Eubanks (Margie) of Littleton, CO; Glen Eubanks (Anne) of Tucson (Saddlebrooke), AZ and Jerry Eubanks of Boulder, CO. Also surviving are brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends, especially the wonderful community of Saddlebrooke, Arizona.
Dot spent her 25+ years career teaching high school home economics at Upland High School in California where she was known for her wonderful cooking demonstrations. At the end of her career she started a program for teen mothers that facilitated the completion of their high school education. Always the consummate perfectionist and organizer, Dot embraced every interest with great focus and enthusiasm. Above all, her family was the great love of her life. She found great pleasure in nurturing her grandchildren’s talents. Since moving to their retirement home in Saddlebrooke, she and Al took up golf and played regularly. She was an athlete who loved hiking, riding her bicycle and swimming in the Saddlebrooke pool. She was also an artist, specializing in watercolor painting. Dot studied with several prominent artists and perfected her craft over the past 15 years. Her favorite subjects were always her 3 grandchildren. Travelling was also something that Dot loved and she travelled extensively in the United States and abroad, always with Al by her side.
Service to her community was an important part of Dot’s life. She and Al volunteered weekly at Sam Hughes Elementary School in Tucson. Cooking and art lessons were some of the activities she liked to help with. At Saddlebrooke, Dot contributed to the many fundraising events that supported the local community. Dot was also involved in starting the Science Café lecture series. It was an occasional dinner that featured University of Arizona professors who spoke on topical science issues. At the first dinner she organized, about 12 people attended, while a recent lecture on Asteroids was attended by over 200.
A celebration of Dot's life was held in Saddlebrook, AZ on Saturday February 18th with many of her relatives and friends in attendance celebrating her amazing life. Friends and family spoke of their love and favourite memories of Dot. The 'Dorothy Jean Rhodes Memorial Fund' has been established at Bank of the West with memorial gifts benefitting art programs in public schools. Donations may be mailed to the Bank at 63701 E. Saddlebrooke Blvd., Tucson, Az 85739.

“Like tears in the rain… Our lives blend into one..” Ron Connell (Dot’s cousin)

“Life’s not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away”
George Strait