Former Douglas resident Louise Rhodes died Dec. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 97.
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She was born July 30, 1910, to Daniel and Mary Joseph in Douglas. Alaska was always her home. Family members said she was the longest living member of the Tlingit Aukquwon in Alaska. Her favorite hobby was sewing native beadwork.
The family wrote, "Louise loved her family with all that she was. She was a source of strength, compassion, and laughter for everyone who knew her. She loved to travel and share her adventure with the world. We are all better people to have been blessed to have her in our lives. She will be missed more than words can say. A mother, an auntie, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother to a family that will love and honor her the rest of our lives."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Rhodes; great-granddaughter, Riley Lynn Rhodes-Zuck; daughter-in-law, Arlene Rhodes; brothers, Phillip Joseph and Paul Joseph; and sister, Katy Joseph.
She is survived her son, Dustin Joseph Rhodes; granddaughters, Wendy Crowell and her husband, Jason, and Crystal Rhodes; great-grandchildren: Taylor, Caitlin, Avery Crowell and Daniel Joseph Matero; nephews, Pete Tassell and Chuck Goodwin; nieces, Dorothy St. Clair, Mary Williams and Dolly Kavande; great-nephews, Ed Ezrre, Lizandro Ezrre, Joseph Tassell, Patrick Tassell, Paul Joseph, Richard Williams, Ben Williams, Sorrell Goodwin and Kele Goodwin; great-nieces, Alma Hunt, Delores Healy, Rosita Meyer, Tina St. Clair, Catherine Joseph, Darlene Joseph and Vivian Williams; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.