Mary Jean Rhodes

September 11, 1932 - April 24, 2020
Mary Jean Rhodes


Mary Jean Rhodes, age 87 of Wilmington passed away Friday, April 24, 2020 at her sons home in Warren County, NC.

Jean was born in Guilford County, NC on September 11, 1932 to Melvin and Leona Newell.

Jean was raised in High Point, NC and graduated from High Point College with a BS Degree in Business Education. She was a member of Who’s Who among students in American Colleges and Universities and was a member of Epsilon /Sigma Alpha Sorority. She married Zeb Taylor Rhodes and they moved to Monmouth County, NJ for approxzimately 20 years where she raised her 2 sons. She worked in various businesses in Administration. She and Zeb, retired to Oak Island, NC, then moved to Belville, NC where she made many life long friends including Gary, Jenny & Brook Piatek, whom she considered family. She sat on the Belville Town Council for many years, and spent her final years with her family at Lake Gaston (Littleton, NC).

Jean was the widow of Zeb Taylor Rhodes, they were married for over 50 years. She is survived by her two sons, Kent Rhodes of Sunset Beach, NC and Mark and Cathy Rhodes of Littleton, NC.

Funeral services will be held 11 am Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the graveside in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

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  • April 26, 2020
    Marilyn Zicha says:
    Aunt Jean, I have many fond memories of you. I remember all my visits to NC. How hospitable you always were. How comfortable you made me feel and how we could talk for hours. Those were fine memories. You had a way of making me feel smarter than I was. I loved our walks around the block in Neptune or around the block on Oak Island. You were always a great conversationalist but also a perfect listener. I missed our conversations when you became ill. I missed the old Jean but adjusted to the new friendly Jean...wanting to know everything about me once again. Rest in Peace Aunt Jean. You are with everyone great! Love you so much, your Niece Marilyn

  • April 27, 2020
    Kim Spinnett Dameworth says:
    My sympathies to Kent and Mark and family. I have fond memories of visiting Taylor and Jean when my boys were younger.... we enjoyed both of them so much.

  • April 27, 2020
    Patti Hall says:
    So sorry for your Loss Kent

  • April 27, 2020
    Wes Hamilton says:
    Kent, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers! We are here for you buddy. Love, Wes and Hannah Hamilton

  • May 03, 2020
    Sherry Wilson says:
    Sincere sympathies to Kent, Mark and Cathy. I remember with fondness our many visits with Uncle Taylor and Aunt Jean after their move to North Carolna - first to Oak Island and later near Wilmington. Jean was an avid (maybe voracious?) reader, as evidenced by the many newspapers, magazines, and books just waiting to be read! Perhaps because of this, or at least helped by it, she could talk on almost any subject with authority, from religion to politics to health and anything in between! She was a very smart lady who embraced so many challenges and opportunities in life, and always with a smile, laughter, and good attitude! She and Taylor were always so welcoming to us. As long as they were able, they would treat us to lunch, and then we would have good conversation at their home, usually accompanied by ice cream! I remember Ruby especially loving to hit the ever-present huge candy jar on the way out. Our son Michael, and nephews Andy and Daniel I'm sure could tell some tall tales about their week-long summer visits when they were young. What special memories! Missing Jean and thinking of you all. Blessings and prayers. David and Sherry Wilson